Dany Heatley has spoken and as expected, his words didn’t move mountains.
The City of Champions was not an option for Heatley because “it was the only option,” he said during a teleconference call today.
Are you scratching your head right now after reading that? Edmonton wasn’t an option because it was the only option? What?
That’s like an airplane pilot opting to sit in his chair and give up, even though pressing the eject button is his only option before it crashes.
“This has nothing to do with Edmonton, this has everything to do with options,” said Heatley who refused to answer why Edmonton wasn’t a good enough fit.
Heatley confirmed Edmonton wasn’t on his list of his preferred teams even though Edmonton was the only team publicly interested in the 50-plus-goal scorer.
“I thought we has some good talks with (Steve Tambellini and Kevin Lowe), but we (Heatley and his two agents) wanted options, said Heatley.
“I needed options in order to make the right decision.”
Heatley says he maintained his silence since news broke about his trade request from Ottawa because he never wanted to make his request public.
(Actually he was told to talk to the media before he laces up at the Hockey Canada Olympic orientation camp in Calgary Monday)
And Heatley says he wanted out of Ottawa because he wants to be an “integral” part of the Ottawa Senators, something he feels has “diminished” since he inked his name to a contract two years ago.
“I regret the way it’s been this summer. It’s been a tough summer. It hasn’t been fair, especially to Edmonton and Ottawa but that’s the way it went,” said Heatley.
No it hasn’t, especially in Edmonton.
Fans here still don’t know why Edmonton is not a destination for superstars. It’s a city where hockey fans have had their hearts broken over and over again every summer.
They’re tired of the Prongers, the Nylanders, and now the Heatleys.
If a player doesn’t want to be in Edmonton, or wants out of Edmonton, he should show some balls and explain why the city isn’t the right place. Or why the team is not the right fit.
That’s all we want to hear. Be honest. Tell us Edmonton is a shithole if that's the reason you don't want to stay or come here.