What A Heated Mess In Ottawa

Ryan McFaddenCorrespondent IAugust 22, 2009

It must be miserable to be an Ottawa Senators fan this summer. After a horrid season that resulted in tee times instead of playoff games, Sens fans now get their noses rubbed in the mucus on the locker room floor by their star player. Heatley can say w/e he wants about how he feels about the fans and the city of Ottawa, it doesn't mean squat. His trade demands, whether for a legitimate reason or not, puts the fans and the city in the back seat as they go for a roller coaster ride of non-sense. When Heatley's trade demands were made public, I gave him the benefit of the doubt that he had at the very least a somewhat legit reason for wanting out of Ottawa. Foolish. Instead Heatley gave a half ass reason that mirrored the public perception that he has a 'me first' attitude.

"When I signed in Ottawa two years ago, I felt it was to be an integral part of the team. Over the last two years and more recently over the past year, I feel my role was diminished. This past season, it diminished a lot more. This is a straight hockey decision. I have nothing against the fans of Ottawa, or the city of Ottawa. I would like the opportunity to go somewhere where I can play to the best of my capabilities and be the player that I can be."

How about you play to the best of your capabilities in Ottawa because they're paying you a king's ransom to do so. This isn't the NFL Heater, half ass trade demands are not tolerated. I don't know who or what Heatley was trying to protect with that response, but he gave nothing of substance. I'm sure there's more to it, well actually let me rephrase that, I hope there's more to it.

Heatley shouldn't bare the brunt of the blame though. Bryan Murray and the rest of the Senators' management also have blood on their hands. It seems pretty clear that someone in the Sens organization leaked Heatley's trade demands. What the intention was in doing so is irrelevant because it hurt the Senators ability to trade him just as much as it's bludgeoned Heatley's reputation. Instead of realizing that Heatley b/c of his contract and perceived bad attitude will not bring the return via trade that an all-star caliber player normally would, Murray has kept the price high and still does not have a deal done. I have to wonder if the Sens are even serious about trading Heatley. It seems they might be content with dragging his public image through the mud and then forcing him to come to training camp like a puppy with his tail between his legs.

If that's the case, then getting their own form of revenge on Heatley has taken precedent over the well being of the organization. The Senators would be better suited to take a less than desirable package of players than have to deal with the Heater saga and the cancer of having a player in their locker room who the whole world knows he doesn't want to be there.

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