Tonight is the night.
The Senators will finally get their first look at Dany Heatley in Sharks' uniform.
But, if he holds true to form, he likely won't do anything.
As an Ottawa player pointed out to me during the summer: "Look how he used to play against the Thrashers."
Good point. Heatley never did much when the club played in Atlanta.
Let's see what he can do here.
The situation is a little different. He looks happy with Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau.
You have to wonder about the pressure Todd McLellan is under with this guy on his bench. He must feel forced to use Heatley on the No. 1 power play unit. He has no choice. Gotta keep Heatley happy. That's what this is all about. ~ Off the Posts
Senators 1, Sharks 4
Even though the Senators have relinquished the title of being the most penalized team in the NHL, their penchant for demonstrating Keith Ballard'esque levels of stick discipline could prove costly against a Sharks team whose power play is operating at a 24.1% success rate. While Ottawa's unheralded blueline has held the fort in lieu of Volchenkov's injury, even a returning A-Train might not be enough to overcome the League's highest-scoring team and this year's biggest threat to capture the President's Trophy and subsequently choke in the playoffs.
Another Enigmatic Rumour Alert!
Last week it was a Jaromir Jagr rumour, now Mark Christopher is back from Hockeybuzz and has posted on Twitter that Ottawa and Columbus might be talking trade regarding Nikita Filatov. The rumoured package from Ottawa involves Jesse Winchester, Brian Lee and Ottawa's 2010 second round pick. If this is an indication of how much Filatov's worth has fallen under the Hitchcock / Howson regime then I feel sorry for him. Especially when he could have bribed Hitch with some burgers to get more icetime.
Heatley's Dad Rips Ottawa Media For Sucking At the Teet of the Senators Organization
With a hat tip to James Gordon for the find, here's a small blurb from Dany's father that demonstrates that being a whiny bitch is in fact a hereditary trait.
"You never get an unbiased opinion in a small community like Ottawa. The writers there know who feeds them, and if you don't, they don't let you in the building. It's sad in a way, because the fans don't understand what's really going on." — Murray Heatley, San Francisco Chronicle