Dany’s downfall

What was the motivation for Dany Heatley to make his trade request public? 

Aside from the media and rival fans, no one benefits.  Heatley is made out to be a selfish player with bad character; fewer teams are interested because of the possible reasons for his demand; his trade value is diminished significantly; and half of his salary is paid by an owner whose team Heatley will not play for come training camp. 

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Had they just kept it behind doors, Heatley’s character would not have been questioned, the Senators would have been set up for a greater return and brighter future, and Heatley’s salary would have been paid by his actual team. 

Great job, Heater – we’ll really miss ya.

Alex Fletcher, Ottawa Ont.