Dany Heatley the disgruntled high-scoring forward for Ottawa - a player the Rangers had been pursuing a trade for - spoke to the press on Thursday. First and foremost, he made one thing perfectly clear:
"I did not make this trade request public, nor did my representatives. It's very unfortunate that it did become public," Heatley said, "...that's not what I wanted."
Interesting. If Heatley didn't leak the trade request - who did - Ottawa GM Bryan Murray? And why would they do that when they're trying to get full value for him in a trade?
Or was it one of the GMs he was talking to? Why would any of them do that? Well, honestly, that makes more sense - it lowers his trade value.
The Senators actually worked out a trade with Edmonton - but Heatley exercised his contractual rights and - to use the precise legal term - put the kibosh on that deal. That's when the Rangers and the Sharks stepped forward. Reportedly San Jose got farther than we did - but not far enough to land Dany.
Why, exactly is Heatley so unhappy with his remaining 5 year $31 million contract? Dany explained: "I think over the last two years, and more recently over the past year, I feel that my role has diminished; especially this past season, it diminished a lot more. It's something I've been thinking about for a long time. A diminished role -- that's the biggest thing. I'm a player that can play in a lot of different situations. I'm an offensive guy, but I take pride in all aspects of the game and I don't feel I was given that role on the team."
Heatley was actually had 2nd most average ice time of any Senator last year - so we're not exactly sure what he means by "diminished role", but clearly it makes sense to him and he feels strongly about it.
On Monday, Heatley heads to Calgary - not to work out a trade with the Flames, but rather , to start Olympic Camp for Team Canada.
I don't know if the Rangers have the cap space to land him anymore - but it sure is interesting to think about. It's getting a little uncomfortable for Dany, who has a good chance now of returning to Ottawa and playing in front of Senator fans who know he doesn't want to be there. It won't be easy - but Dany started this puck rolling by asking for the trade. And if you can't take the Heat(ley) get out of the.... well, you know.