Marilyn Joseph, Orleans, Ont
After reading Adam Proteau’s cover story in the Oct. 12 issue of The Hockey News, I think your readers need to know that, even though San Jose may think they have acquired a “bargain” in Heatley, there is more to the story than cap hits and goal scoring.
Heatley wanted out of Ottawa – fine, he can do that. But the manner in which he conducted himself left a lot to be desired. He gave no other reason to the Senators organization, his teammates and the fans other than “hockey reasons” were behind his request. When teammates or Sens management tried to contact him, he reportedly did not show enough respect to return their calls, including calls from his captain, Daniel Alfredsson. What kind of character does this show?
The Sens showed they valued Heatley as an important member of the team. He was given the “A” last year and asked by Craig Hartsburg and Cory Clouston to become an all-round player, but he did not respond positively to these opportunities. He was asked to play on the second power play in order to spread out team scoring – this tactic actually worked and the Sens’ power play improved, however Heatley complained of a “diminished role,” appearing to want special treatment, earned or not.
I wish Dany Heatley well and thank him for what he did for us in Ottawa, but I have lost all respect for him. I’m glad he’s no longer on my team.