Yeah! No more writing about Dany Heatley’s soap opera in Ottawa. Yesterday, the winger who demanded a trade four months ago was dealt to San Jose for forwards Milan Michalek and Jonathan Cheechoo.
While the Senators might not have been able to recoup full value for Heatley, you have to figure just removing him from the locker room, where he would’ve been a major distraction, is a positive step. Plus, if Michalek can continue to develop into a power forward and Cheechoo can regain some semblance of the touch that made him a 50-goal scorer a few years back, Ottawa should be a little more competitive this season.
After the deal was officially announced, Heatley tried to play nice with the city and organization of Ottawa. But let’s face it, when he returns in a Sharks sweater he’s going to have a target on his back.
“I’ll miss the guys in the room. I’ll miss the city, I’ll miss the fans. The fans have been great to me since I’ve been here, and I have nothing but respect for them,” said Heatley, who has no idea what he’s in store for down the road.
Now you can scratch San Jose off the list of possible Phil Kessel suitors.
Elsewhere around the division:
•Toronto reported to camp without Kessel but with a roster talented enough to challenge for a playoff spot.
•What a concept! Good will between an unsigned restricted free agent and his club, as Drew Stafford showed up for Buffalo’s testing without a signed contract.
•Some of Montreal’s rookies moved onto main camp with the Habs.