The Dany Heatley saga has finally come to an end, closing off one of this summer’s two neverending stories.
Heatley and a fifth round draft pick from the Ottawa Senators have been traded to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and a second round pick. The deal came after a lot of trade chatter on Friday and Saturday, leading Heatley to the team he wanted to go to all along and finally closing the chapter for the Senators.
“It’s a deal that we talked about throughout the summer, although Michalek came in late,” Senators GM Bryan Murray said after announcing the deal six hours into the first day of training camp.
The saga began with a verbal trade request in mid-May, followed by written confirmation by Heatley as requested by the Senators. He was apparently unhappy with his diminished role on the team and wanted to be a part of the core group again. Heatley didn’t see that happening in Ottawa, so he was prepared to take his show on the road.
Unfortunately for Heatley, the road went through Edmonton first. He used the no-movement clause in his contract to veto a move to the Oilers in exchange for Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner, and Ladislav Smid.
The change should be good for the Senators, who can finally get down to the business of putting a solid team together again. With Cheechoo and Michalek, the Sens have a couple of players to work with. Both players are capable of making valuable contributions.
Heatley’s a nice fit for the Sharks and should be an impact player there. With his arrival, there’ll be a real battle as to who the legit offensive producer is on that squad. Expect big things from the Sharks this season, although it still remains to be seen if they’ll be able to keep any success going through the post-season.
Posted by Jordan Richardson.