Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Heatley Headed Out?

More bad news for Ottawa (though many will be cheering that another star player is going to leave town).

Dany Heatley, as reported, wants out of Ottawa and the reasons are not exactly clear, although Bruce Garrioch says that it is because Heatley does not get along with new coach Cory Clouston. That sounds bizarre to me but we don't yet know the truth.

Perhaps he simply wants to win a championship, which Ottawa is now seemingly farther from than ever.

Yet Bryan Murray has an opportunity here to at least re-stock his depth and possibly pick up a promising prospect.

But make no mistake. Losing Heatley and his dependable, and often spectacular, goal scoring is going to hurt this team. You are simply not going to be able to replace his 40 – 50 goals in a trade.

It's not going to happen.

Trades like the Heatley for Marian Hossa deal are extremely rare. Yet Murray might (ironically) be able to persuade a top talent such as Hossa to return to Ottawa with the cap space he clears out in any move.

If Heatley is moved for an even higher draft pick (like Colorado's 3rd so Ottawa would be in a position to draft Matt Duchene), then players like Hossa, Martin Havlat, Mike Cammalleri, Marian Gaborik and Jay Bouwmeester would become affordable, but with no guarantees any of those would want to come to town.

Murray might look to San Jose where GM Doug Wilson has already said he is not averse to shaking up his playoff weak team, which could make players such as Patrick Marleau, Milan Michalek and Jonathan Cheechoo available.

Can you imagine Heatley playing with Joe Thornton?

Sickening huh?

That combination could be what San Jose needs to get over the top. Heatley has proven to be an excellent playoff performer after tying for the scoring lead in the 2007 post-season.

While we wait to see what Murray does, things look completely chaotic (as usual) in Bytown.

No one knows if Chris Neil, one of the heart and soul players, will sign (or if his heart is even in Ottawa anymore). Reports about Mike Comrie returning are conflicting. Jason Smith may or may not retire. Even President Roy Mlakar may be out the door.

And finally, the Big Three will be officially split up without an elite sniper for Jason Spezza to feed pucks to. Kind of makes the lack of a true number one defensman a minor problem compared to this.

So what is really going on with this team anyways?

My only concern is that Ottawa is slowly turning into Edmonton East, an organization in constant upheaval where nobody really wants to play anymore despite past glories.

To be honest, it's not surprising that Heatley wants out after everyone calling him a bum and a lazy player for the past two seasons.

Stay tuned for more when we hear more....


Anonymous said...

If a deal happens, it happens in within three weeks. Heatley is owed a $4M signing bonus on July 1.

I don't think Melnyk wants to drop $4M on a guy who will be playing for another team next year. Also by July 1, $14M of his $45M contract will have been paid.

The cap hit won't change, but any team picking up Heatley after July 1 will feel good knowing that a good portion of the dollars have been paid by the Sens.

The Sens are a mess.

Anonymous said...

Love the Sens and Leaf fans screaming that the Sky is Falling in Ottawa.....

Heater is a very good player but he is NOT worth his contract. Way to one-dimensional.

This move will give Murray much more opportunity to improve this club...I reserve judgment until I see what he does.

T-Bag said...

Negative Nancy!

SoCalSensFan said...

Pure goal scorers are hard to come by, but Heatley's numbers were definitely waning. I see this as a great opportunity for the team to get faster and deeper, not some tragedy. And I'd certainly imagine that a deal gets done pre-draft, let alone before July 1, or not at all.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the analysis that he wants out because he wants to win, rather than friction with Clouston. Players like him, want to play for organizations that have their stuff together. We don't.

I also think that the people who see this as an opportunity are delusional.

This is classic "the grass is greener on the other side" mentality. We have a stud goal scorer. The team should be built around him.

If Heatley gets traded, I bet 30 games into next season, people will be talking about the need for a top 3 forward who can put the puck in the net.

Time for Geno find a solution to this mess.

SoCalSen said...

^^ Hmmm, if it's simply a matter of him wanting to win, rather than being oversensitive to Clouston and / or the media, then it seems a little odd that he's bailing after the relatively strong finish last year.

Regardless, given that he's requested a trade, there are some nice possibilities available. No guarantees, but it certainly doesn't need to be a negative move for the franchise.

Anonymous said...

Maybe that's because he is a lazy bum!