Dany Heatley Traded to San Jose

Jason Gregor
September 12 2009 03:45PM

The Calgary Cryer has finally been granted his wish, as the Senators dealt one of the league’s best goal scorers, Dany Heatley and a 5th round pick to the Sharks for Milan Michalek, Jonathon Cheechoo and a 2nd rounder.

Once again the team that deals away the best player loses the trade. Had the Oilers acquired Heatley back in July, they too would have won the trade, but at least Ottawa would have gotten more for him.

Would any of you have traded Cogliano, Smid and Penner for Michalek, Cheechoo and a 2nd? Unless you were smoking the hippie whiskey I doubt it.

This is a horrible trade for Ottawa and a great one for the Sharks.

The Sharks get a proven 45 goal man and they only gave up Michalek. At this point Cheechoo is a throw in. He has lost since being injured, and unless he had a miraculous off-season I can’t see how his skating has improved that much.

Sure, Cheechoo scored 56 goals in 2006, but since then he has been on a downward spiral goal scoring wise. He scored 37 in 2007, 23 in 2008 and only 12 last year. He’ll get ample playing time in Ottawa, but I don’t see him being more than a 30 goal man with the Senators.

The Sharks meanwhile boast some of the best offensive talent in the game, but until they get some mental toughness they will continue to be a top-end team that can’t win.

OILER TRAINING CAMP

Look for training camp updates starting tomorrow. The first on-ice session begins at 8:15, and I will be there regardless of how hung over I am.

Ddf3e2ba09069c465299f3c416e43eae
One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
Avatar
#51 LOIL
September 14 2009, 09:53AM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

To play devil's advocate:

What if Heatley wanted 9 million a year from Ottawa. Which is not an overpayment for a 50+ goal guy. And Ottawa comes back at Heatley and says we can only give you 7.5 mill but we will throw in a NMC which will allow you to choose where you will get traded if you ever do agree to a trade.

Heatley ponders it over and says "OK i will take that deal because I feel that that security and control over where I will play is worth 1.5 mill a season to me."

Then he uses that control and is absolutely publicly hammered for it. Im not saying that NMC are good. I HATE them. But the guy didnt break any contract. In fact he just used the power given to him by the contract for which he was probably making less money than he would have had he went UFA rather than signing with ottawa.

Totally different than a player who signed a contract and then sits out and says "im not playing for this team until they give me more money, i dont care what i signed"....Yashin.

Avatar
#52 TEST
September 17 2009, 03:56PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Cheers
0
cheers

TEST

Comments are closed for this article.