Dany Heatley Traded to San Jose

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.

  • Lofty

    @ RossCreek:

    Cheechoo only has one more year after this and if you compare the years of the salary restrictions they win although the number for the year are similar

  • @ Archaeologuy:
    I don't disagree, but under the circumstances they did well.

    Plus I kind of like what Ottawa is putting together. They hold some intrigue for me this season – perhaps a dark horse playoff team. If Leclaire solidifies their goaltending woes, and guys like Kovalev and Cheechoo contribute they have more depth than they ever have in franchise history.

  • Thorn

    I can see Dany's **it eating grin right now. Man, did he EVER take it to his old team. Cudos to Murray for trying to making him sweat a bit by holding off to the last second; what an insignificant victory though.

    Now the spoiled brat doesn't even have to go face the music. He spends a day in Ott, DOESN'T have to participate in the team golf tourney…then gets wisked away to never-ending-summer-land.
    …oh yeah, but everyone who knows him KNOWS he's a good teamate.

    GET BENT!

  • HOFFFF

    Alon wrote:

    Dany Heatley has proved once and for all that you CAN get whatever you want by simply flopping to the floor kicking and screaming

    Thats what p*sses me off the most. Live up to your contract asshead, and if you want out of your contract, than NMC is null and void.
    I can't believe he got what he wanted…..

  • KenL

    I disagree with Gregor. I think this a deal that benefits both teams – similar to the Hossa for Heatley deal that landed the Calgary Crybaby in Ottawa. Cheechoo has equal his 56 goal season. But at least he's scored 50+ goals, something few in the current NHL can claim.

    I think a change of scenery will help Cheechoo find the scoring touch. Heatley I can see his drop in production continue now that he's playing in a lesser hockey market. No scrutiny by fans and media means less pressure to perform.

  • RossCreek wrote:

    Jason Gregor wrote:
    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.
    Is it open to the public?

    Yes it is…

  • KAM wrote:

    Hey Jason any truth that Nikolai Zherdev might be coming to Edmonton. Have you heard anything about that? I think he would be a good fit.

    NOt sure where you heard that. He has a deal with the KHL so he won't be coming here…

  • derek t

    Why owould anyone want to play in Deadmonton anyways? The sharkes are going all the way to the cup, the Sens suck, and Heatley hates Edmonton more than he did Ottawa. Congrats Edmonton on being the toilet of hte league wheres no one wants to play there. WHo would want to live there in the minus 80 degree weather and no beaches or woman. Good luck maknig the playoffs with your smurf team GO SHARKS GO

  • humantorch

    derek t wrote:

    Why owould anyone want to play in Deadmonton anyways? The sharkes are going all the way to the cup, the Sens suck, and Heatley hates Edmonton more than he did Ottawa. Congrats Edmonton on being the toilet of hte league wheres no one wants to play there. WHo would want to live there in the minus 80 degree weather and no beaches or woman. Good luck maknig the playoffs with your smurf team GO SHARKS GO

    Judging by your typing, I'd say one reason to play in Edmonton is the clearly superior education system.

  • I don't know why people continue to use the old addage, the teams who gets the best player wins the trade. That is so obviously not always true and in this case I think it too.

    Heatley should be the best player in this deal, but that doesn't mean he will be. We know he's lazy. He wanted out of a team that asked him to be a team first type player. He wanted to get traded to a team that had the best assist guy in the league in Thornton. How quickly will it take for Heatley to want out if a) San Jose doesn't win because they have no depth beyond their top 5 guys and b) he's on a different line than Thornton.

    We already know Michalek is good, but what if he becomes the go to guy in Ottawa beside Spezza and pots 40 goals? Heatley last year had 39. Does that mean Michalek is the best player? The same can be said for Cheechoo, who last year wasn't only injured, but never saw much time beyond the 3rd line.

    Heatley is the best player now. Or at least he should be, but look at the hole this can possibly put San Jose in for the next 2-5 years. I don't think San Jose is as big a winner here as everyone is saying.

  • ShaunDoe

    Well looking at how much cap space is now tied up with 4 players in San Jose (bearing in mind that Marleau's contract will most likely be gone next season). Thats an awful lot of money to spend on so few players. They could find their team begin to collapse if their farm team isn't up to the challenge of filling out next seasons roster.

  • Archaeologuy

    @ Bill Rizer:
    I can see that. If Michalek, Leclaire, and Kovalev play to potential then that team will be pretty good. The more i think about it the less i think the Sens will miss Heatley's production, but they need the new guys to help them score by commitee.

  • Word

    humantorch wrote:

    derek t wrote:
    Why owould anyone want to play in Deadmonton anyways? The sharkes are going all the way to the cup, the Sens suck, and Heatley hates Edmonton more than he did Ottawa. Congrats Edmonton on being the toilet of hte league wheres no one wants to play there. WHo would want to live there in the minus 80 degree weather and no beaches or woman. Good luck maknig the playoffs with your smurf team GO SHARKS GO

    Judging by your typing, I’d say one reason to play in Edmonton is the clearly superior education system.

    Heh.

  • Pedro

    derek t wrote:

    Why owould anyone want to play in Deadmonton anyways? The sharkes are going all the way to the cup, the Sens suck, and Heatley hates Edmonton more than he did Ottawa. Congrats Edmonton on being the toilet of hte league wheres no one wants to play there. WHo would want to live there in the minus 80 degree weather and no beaches or woman. Good luck maknig the playoffs with your smurf team GO SHARKS GO

    And I thought I was a troll…

  • LOIL

    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.