Dany Heatley: The Most Selfish Man in Sports

Michael LeboffContributor IJuly 1, 2009

MONTREAL - JANUARY 24:  Dany Heatley of the Ottawa Senators arrives for the Honda NHL Superskills competition as part of the 2009 NHL All-Star weekend on January 24, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Dany Heatley is the most selfish player in hockey, and maybe all of sports.

Weeks after requesting a trade from the Ottawa Senators, Heatley has rejected a trade to the Edmonton Oilers

So, he still wants to be traded, just not to the Oilers.

Heatley has five more years left on his contract with the Senators, with an annual cap hit of $7.5 million. Heatley's contract also has a bonus built in it. At midnight on July 1, Heatley gets a $4 million bonus.

This bonus is the reason the Senators have been making haste in trying to deal Heatley away. It is rumored that if they can't deal the unhappy winger by midnight tonight, he will be stuck in Ottawa until they find a team willing to pay them back for all their troubles, and then some. 

Call me old school but, Heatley signed a contract. He gave the Senators his word that he will be a Senator for five more years. Now that he has broken that bond, I don't know if I'd want him on my team.

Sure he can score.

Sure he is still in his prime.

Sure he may be worth the $7.5 million cap hit.

But, can you trust him to honor his word? No.

When I saw that the Senators and Oilers had agreed to a trade, I was relieved. I was happy that this whole saga had come to an end. 

Hours later, when I saw Heatley had rejected this trade, I became angry.

How can Dany Heatley do this?

Is it legal? Yes.

Is it right? Not even close.

In a perfect world, the Senators would just bite the bullet here and not trade Dany Heatley. 

Unfortunately, thanks to people like Dany Heatley, it is not a perfect world.