Let me start by saying that I am a Leafs fan and in no way shape or form do I have a liking for the Ottawa Senators. I wanted to ask the masses of people out there if Dany Heatley may have a point in all of this. Personally, I think Heatley is a bum and that he will get what he deserves (contract ripped up, lifelong injury etc...).
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I was quite disapointed for Ottawa and their great fans, when I heard that Dany Heatley wanted out. This is a great city and a great hockey city at that. They are two seasons removed from the Cup Final and they have a lot of promise out there. (Although I do quietly mock the fact that they are still paying for 3 coaches). But in the end, how bad could things really be that Mr. Heatley would request a trade just 1 year after having re-upped to a mamoth deal with the club. How bad could things be for a guy who scored 39 goals and was the key piece of the pie in a definite hockey market? It's just not fair to those people who bleed white, black and red. End of story.
Well maybe it's not the end of the story.
On that day when both sides signed that mamoth contract it was a match made in heaven. But we both know how NHL Clubs can be when you don't meet the expectations as set out before you. Just ask Jason Blake after his first season with the Leafs. a) you get bought out b) you get sent down to the minors or c) you are traded or in the case of someone with a NTC you are asked to waive it so that the club can redeem itself a little (just ask Vincent Lecavalier).
So this is interesting. If the club isn't happy with their signing they have a lot of options to bury your career in the sand. So is what Dany Heatley doing not the same thing? Is he not just taking one of his options? Does that make him a bad guy? (I think yes, but what the hay do I know?) We have to remember that this is a business and that not only the club is in business, but the player is also in business. A business that he has to protect and if he feels that he is headed down the wrong path with a bad team (his opinion not mine) does he not have that right to dismiss them?
You be the judge.
For the record, I think he is a bum and the way he is has gone about things here is very unfortunate. Quite frankly, I think he should have thought about all of this before he signed with them long term.
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