Bob Nicholson Sets the Record Straight

“I had a real good chat with Dany [Sunday] night, and he will look for what’s best for him,” Bob Nicholson, The Globe and Mail

Thanks for the clarification Bob. All this time, I had misinterpreted that the past two months have been an exercise in how to swallow one’s pride for the good of a team. Instead, Dany was looking out for Dany.

Even though Heatley hasn’t been dealt yet, Hockey Canada revealed some news that should put a smile on the faces of Senators fans.

The Canadian Olympic men’s hockey team wants no part of any Dany Heatley distraction.

That’s why Hockey Canada’s officials hope to talk to Heatley’s agents, J.P. Barry and Stacey McAlpine, during the next day or two, asking the disgruntled Ottawa Senators star to clear the air before the Olympic team’s summer orientation camp opens Monday in his hometown of Calgary.

“We would obviously prefer to get this out of the way as quickly as possible,” André Brin, Hockey Canada’s manager of communications, said Monday. “We’ll see what happens over the next couple of days, but once the camp starts, we want to worry about the camp. At some point, (Heatley) has to be available.” ~ The Ottawa Citizen

Unfortunately, I wouldn’t expect any convoluted answers out of Heatley. Besides being incapable of abstract thought, his agents probably have Dany well versed by his representatives to cite private and familial reasons for wanting out. It won’t help matters that there will be a national media ensemble there to cover the event. Frankly, the only people who should be allowed to ask Dany questions are the reporters from Ottawa or Edmonton. I want hard-hitting, gripping journalism from these two slighted cities. At the very least, fans should be given a compelling alternative — like forcing Dany to do a sit-down one-on-one 60-Minutes’esque interview with Don Brennan. Who wouldn’t want to watch those two have at it?  Especially after all the shit that Brennan has flung at him. It’d be great trash television.

A Feel Good Story

I just read a good article on Drew Bannister from the Sault Star. (I know. A good read from Sault Ste. Marie, who would have thought?) Anyways, apparently he feels like a kid again and is ecstatic to be back on the other side of the pond. I just hope that a few long bus rides in the AHL don’t ruin his warm and fuzzy feelings.