Not Clearing Up Anything
So Dany Heatley's no longer a coward for failing to explain himself.
Now he just looks like a suckhole unwilling to live up to his obligations for reasons that appear to be at best flimsy.
Heatley claimed today he wants out of Ottawa because his role has been "diminished." Strange, given that he averaged between 18-22 minutes of ice time last season, and finished this year by playing 22:24 and 23:07 in the final two games of the regular season.
Doesn't sound like fourth liner minutes, does it?
Nobody's buying it. It may be that he doesn't like the new coach, Cory Clouston. Or it may be something else entirely relating to what has been a poisonous, destructive hockey environment in Ottawa since the club made it to the Stanley Cup final. Or it may be, as one NHL general manager says, that Heatley is simply a player who "wants nothing to do with the hard part of the game." The GM was speaking about Heatley on the ice, but it could also extend to his off-the-ice attitude.
What Heatley did not address today was any obligation he may or may not feel to fulfill his end of the enormous contract he signed two years ago, other than saying he'll show up at the Sens camp next month if necessary to keep the paycheques coming.
Moreover, playing the "diminished role" card makes him look like anything but a team player, particularly when you look at teams like Detroit on which players like Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk accept less ice time for the good of the team.
Sens GM Bryan Murray isn't having much luck moving the winger, and clearly he's tried. Problem is, there isn't much of a market out there for a one-dimensional goal-scorer who has found two NHL cities not to his liking and apparently has very specific needs for fitting into the team concept of hockey.
He might get you a few goals. But it doesn't seem likely you can win with him.