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Posts Tagged Dany Heatley
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: There’s a good chance the Red Wings won’t bring Kirk Maltby back for his 14th season, despite only making $500,000 last year. Dany Heatley was battling a groin injury in the playoffs. Heatley also only managed to get 16 shots on net in his last 146 shifts. The Oilers may look to add some goalie depth to their system, Swedish Fredrik Pettersson-Wentzel had a 1.85 GAA and 6 shutouts in the Swedish First Division. Joe Pavelski didn’t have a good 2nd round, and may affect his contract offer from the Sharks, maybe in the 4 year, $16 million range. Kirk Muller is a possible candidate for the New Jersey Devils head coaching position. Kevin Dineen could be the leading candidate for the Tampa Bay Lightning head coaching position, with Scott Arniel and Gerard Gallent as other possibilities. Steven Stamkos’ next contract could be in the $6 million range, using Jonathan Toews and Nicklas backstrom as comparables.
Aaron Portzline of Columbus Dispatch: Reports are that the Atlanta Thrashers are close to naming Chicago associate coach, John Torchetti, as their new head coach. Any ‘official’ word would probably come after the Stanley Cup finals. The Columbus Blue Jackets have given Ken Hitchcock permission to talk to any team, and he should get calls from New Jersey and Tampa Bay.
Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Ken Hitchcock may be ‘too defensive-minded’ for the Lightning. Paul MacLean, an assistant coach with the Red Wings may be a better fit. Yzerman and the Lightning may go with the ‘Detroit Philosophy’ and not spend big on their goaltender, which may bode well for Mike Smith and his $2.2 million contract. Yzerman will look to bring in grinders to fill out the bottom two lines.
- San Jose Mercury News wire: Dany Heatley is expected to be ready to go for game 4 tonight.
- Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: Bruins concussed center Marc Savard returned to the ice for the first time since March 7th. Savard was on the ice by himself for about 30 minutes, and if he passes a neuro-psych test, he’ll just need to get into game shape. Savard thinks there is a chance that he could play in the series, but a 2nd round series is more likely.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche could have Milan Hejduk, Kevin Porter, and Ryan Stoa back in the lineup for game 4 tonight. Hejduk and Stoa will be re-evaluated in the morning.
- Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic: In last night’s 4-2 victory over the Red Wings, the Coyotes lost team captain Shane Doan in the 2nd after he crashed into the boards. He’ll be re-evaluated today, and is listed as day-to-day. The Coyotes were also without Vern Fiddler who was scratched with an upper-body injury. Fiddler plans on practicing today and hopes to be in the lineup on Tuesday.
- David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: As if the Sharks didn’t need any other pressures in the playoffs (constant playoff choking being most severe), they had to play last night without Dany Heatley. Heatley was a last-minute scratch with an undisclosed injury. He’s listed as day-to-day, and it’s unknown at this time if he’ll be a go for game 4. **What a heart breaking loss for them last night.
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: On Saturday night, Sabres forward Thomas Vanek crashed into the boards and hobbled off the ice. News coming out of Buffalo is that he’s doubtful for tonight’s game 3, but there is hope that he might be able to return this series. Nothing is broken, and the ‘lower-body injury’ is thought be a severely sprained left ankle. If it is severely sprained, I’d be surprised if he’s ready to go in a couple games.
“Ottawa Senators centre Jason Spezza suffered a serious knee injury in Monday’s loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the full extent of the injury.
The Ottawa Citizen is reporting that Senators head coach Cory Clouston said Spezza will not require surgery but could be out up to eight weeks.” (Source:TSN)
Jason Spezza can’t buy a break this season. It’s no secret that Spezza has been struggling mightily this season so far, and now he will suffer a huge setback with a serious knee injury.
It’s hard to put your finger on what factors are to blame for his poor offensive output to this point, but you can certainly suggest that the loss of sniper Dany Heatley isn’t helping. With just 5 goals and 14 assists Spezza has been a disappointment in Ottawa, with frequent giveaways and seemingly disinterested play.
Watching him last night it was almost like he was passing to areas where he expected a teammate to be, and looked confused when it resulted in a blatant giveaway. He would do well to simplify his game a bit and try to get in the same frame of mind as his teammates when he does return.
Expect to start hearing that Dany Heatley wants to be traded from the San Jose Sharks, he’s been bumped to the 2nd power play line, and therefore cutting into his ice time. Don’t the Sharks know not to mess with Heatley’s ice time?
The Florida Panthers may be looking to trade C/RW under achieving Nathan Horton. Of course the Leafs will be mentioned as potential suitors for Horton, as he’s the type of player Burke likes. Horton is still only 24-25 years old and makes around $4 million. The price to acquire him will most likely be high due to his upside.
Elliot Freedman mentioned on Saturday’s hotstove that Marc Savard will be on the Leafs radar this off-season if he’s not re-signed by the Bruins. This is a rumor that will most likely linger all season long, or until he re-signs.
The Edmonton Oilers might be looking to trade Andrew Cogliano for a big centerman.
Canadiens GM, Bob Gainey, has been receiving calls regarding goalie Jaroslav Halak. With Carey Price’s play dating back to last season, it might be hard to trade away Halak.
Brian Burke’s makeover was in full effect right off the start with Colton Orr and Jay Rosehill getting into 1st period fights. Mike Komisarek also got into fight, but took 5 minor penalties, 2 of which resulted in a Montreal powerplay goal. Francois Beauchemin looked a little shaky.
From the book of ‘Are You Kidding Me”, my fantasy hockey team just took a hit as the RDS is reporting that my #1 defensemen, Andre Markov, will be out 3-4 months with a torn tendon in his knee. He suffered the injury in the 3rd period after colliding with Carey Price. It was Price’s revenge on me for dropping him before the “Aki Bergala’s” won the Fantasy Hockey Championship last season.
Dany Heatley had an unforgettable San Jose Sharks debut, he was a -3 in 21 minutes of play. His lazy coasting in the defensive end led to one goal. He also fanned on a pass in the slot with a wide open net.
Nabokov and Luongo got off to shaky starts. Nabokov allowed 5 goals on 20 shots. Luongo allowed 4 goals on 22 shots. On the other side of things, Carey Price made 43 saves in a 4-3 OT victory, and Kiprusoff turned aside 39 shots.
In keeping with the projected scoring leaders for this season, we compared TSN’s Scott Cullen’s Top 40 projections with GlobeSports.com’s Eric Duhatschek’s. 31 players appear on both lists.
Players who only appear on 1 list as top 40 potential scorers: Ales Hemsky, Alex Tanguay, Alexander Frolov, Alexander Semin, Anze Kopitar, Brenden Morrow, Daniel Briere ,Jean-Pierre Dumont, Marian Gaborik, Mike Cammalleri, Patrick Kane, Patrick Marleau, Patrik Elias, Paul Stastny, Scott Gomez, Shane Doan, Steven Stamkos , Thomas Vanek
|RANK||TSN – Scott Cullen||GlobeSports – Eric Duhatschek|
|1||Alexander Ovechkin||Evgeni Malkin|
|2||Evgeni Malkin||Alexander Ovechkin|
|3||Sidney Crosby||Sidney Crosby|
|4||Pavel Datsyuk||Joe Thornton|
|5||Nicklas Backstrom||Dany Heatley|
|6||Joe Thornton||Ryan Getzlaf|
|7||Ryan Getzlaf||Ilya Kovalchuk|
|8||Dany Heatley||Pavel Datsyuk|
|9||Ilya Kovalchuk||Marc Savard|
|10||Marc Savard||Jarome Iginla|
|11||Jarome Iginla||Alexander Semin|
|12||Jason Spezza||Nicklas Backstrom|
|13||Rick Nash||Jason Spezza|
|14||Zach Parise||Henrik Sedin|
|15||Henrik Zetterberg||Daniel Sedin|
|16||Henrik Sedin||Vincent Lecavalier|
|17||Martin St. Louis||Henrik Zetterberg|
|18||Daniel Sedin||Zach Parise|
|19||Mike Richards||Jeff Carter|
|20||Daniel Alfredsson||Rick Nash|
|21||Jeff Carter||Corey Perry|
|22||Eric Staal||Martin St. Louis|
|23||Jonathan Toews||Eric Staal|
|24||Derek Roy||Paul Stastny|
|25||Vincent Lecavalier||Mike Richards|
|26||Anze Kopitar||Marian Gaborik|
|27||Bobby Ryan||Scott Gomez|
|28||Mike Ribeiro||Jonathan Toews|
|29||Patrick Kane||Daniel Alfredsson|
|30||Corey Perry||Steven Stamkos|
|31||Olli Jokinen||Martin Havlat|
|32||Shane Doan||Bobby Ryan|
|33||Simon Gagne||Patrick Marleau|
|34||Patrik Elias||Ales Hemsky|
|35||Martin Havlat||Brenden Morrow|
|36||Jean-Pierre Dumont||Olli Jokinen|
|37||Alex Tanguay||Simon Gagne|
|38||Thomas Vanek||Mike Ribeiro|
|39||Alexander Frolov||Daniel Briere|
|40||Mike Cammalleri||Derek Roy|
Scott Cullen of TSN has put out a Top 250 projected scoring for the upcoming season. We’ve posted below the Top 40. He has only Alex Ovechkin as the only 50 goal scorer, and only 3 players (Ovechkin, Malkin, and Crosby) scoring over a 100 points. Only 13 players are projected to point a game or better.
|17||Martin St. Louis||TB||RW||32||48||80||-4||27||24|
One dragged out story is now done, only one to go (the Coyotes). The Ottawa Senators where finally able to move Dany Heatley to the San Jose Sharks. The Sens sent Heatley and a 5th round pick to the Sharks for Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo, and a 2nd round pick.
It will be interesting to see how the Senators fans react to this trade. They should be happy that this 4-5 month saga is finally over, but will they feel that the Sens got enough back in return? Murray was pretty much hand cuffed in what he do, the selfish Heatley really put him under the gun.
Cheechoo is a $3 million cap hit, with 2 years remaining at $3.5 million per season. The 24 year old Michalek is locked up for 5 more years with a cap number of $4.33 million. Heatley has 5 years remaining at a $7.5 million cap hit.
The Ottawa Senators have held discussions with free agent center, Mike Comrie, and winger, Petr Sykora. Both I’d image would be contingent on Dany Heatley being moved. The Sens are already over the cap. They’d love to dump Jason Smith and his $2.6 cap hit, but I don’t see anyone wanting to take that on.
The LA Kings are not interested in Heatley, and I don’t blame them. You can’t argue with that he’s one of the more talented, but the baggage and selfishness he’d bring to any team may not be worth it (including the cost to acquire him). The Kings will be an interesting team to watch this year, they’ve got a great foundation, goaltending still a question.
“Do I want to bring in a Dany Heatley with all that baggage? It might work,” Lombardi said in a report on the Los Angeles Times website last night. “But I don’t think we’re in a position where we can afford that … Maybe a change of environment and he grows up. But my point is, do we need to take that risk right now? It scares me.
Shocking news … Mats Sundin is still undecided if he’s going to play hockey next year. Feels like 2008 all over again, but thankfully this year there has been virtually no mention of it. Sundin was supposed to have made his decision by the end of July, but his decision should come next week according to agent, J.P. Barry. 4 or 5 teams are apparently interested, with the Vancouver Canucks being one of them. Sundin will (well, should…) definitely get a lot less than the $5.6 million (pro-rated) he received last year from the Canucks. I don’t how Sundin will come to a decision by next week, that would mean he’d have to attend training camp. And on a side note, if by the odd chance someone from ‘faceoff.com’ (the site where the article came from) reads this entry, PLEASE fix the font color on your site, reading the blue font is painful.
In other shocking developments, Dany Heatley has decided to come out of his cave and speak to the media regarding the mess he’s created in Ottawa. There will be a press conference at 1 pm today, at his agents and Team Canada officials urging. Yesterday he also let the Senators know that he’ll report to camp if he’s not traded. Now that would be an uncomfortable for him, and I wouldn’t feel sorry for him at all.
“Sources say the San Jose Sharks have more than a passing interest in the two-time 50-goal scorer, but if they’re going to make the deal, they might have to get a third team involved — possibly the Montreal Canadiens — because the Senators aren’t willing to accept what the Sharks have on the table.
The Senators don’t want anything to do with winger Jonathan Cheechoo, who has been offered as part of a package along with defenceman Christian Erhoff and a first-round selection”.(source-Sun Media)
After the Dany Heatley camp informed Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini that Edmonton wasn’t an option for a trade, talks of Heatley going to San Jose in a potential three way deal including The Montreal Canadiens are being rumored.
I find this whole situation created by Heatley asking for a trade from Ottawa disturbing. With all the terms and conditions in a players contract covering trade clauses or no-trade clauses, it should be included that if you have a no-trade clause, you waive that right when you request a team to trade you.
It’s fair to assume that the purpose of a no-trade clause is to protect a player from being traded to a team they find undesirable for whatever reason, or having to up-root their family etc.. It seems like a reasonable agreement to negotiate some form of control over your destiny for players with a high enough status. If we continue with that line of thinking it’s also fair to assume the player requesting a trade finds his current team undesirable but should at least forfeit the right to choose where he goes, considering the team is at an obvious disadvantage when dealing with other teams who know they’re in a position where they have to deal the player.