"Any time you haven't met that person or know the whole story it's tough to jump to conclusions, but that's the way it goes. That's what we, as hockey players, have to deal with sometimes, but the summer has been fine. I haven't really been listening too much. I'm just getting ready for the season."
-- Dany Heatley addressing trade rumors
"I am just waiting and seeing," Heatley said Tuesday. "I'm not waking up and hoping. It's been that way all summer. I'm just trying to get ready for the season, wherever that may be."
Heatley's saga is the kind of story that keeps hockey writers busy in the summer.
He asked Ottawa General Manager Bryan Murray for a trade more than two months ago, but then nixed a potential deal that Murray set up with the Edmonton Oilers on the eve of the free agent signing period. Heatley has a no-trade clause in his contract.
Last week Heatley appeared on a conference call arranged by his agents and requested by Hockey Canada. Heatley said he refused to waive his no-trade clause to go to Edmonton because he wanted more options and Murray wasn't presenting him with anything but that single trade offer.
Murray still is working the phones to get Heatley out of town in a deal that makes sense for both Heatley and, more importantly from Murray's point of view, the Senators. He's apparently running into a lot of closed doors.
As for Heatley, he doesn't appear to be holding his breath for anything to happen soon, even though he said last week that he knows there are teams out there willing to be a trading partner with the Senators.
"There is a process that has to take place and my job is to get ready for the season," Heatley said. "That's what I'm doing."
He is, however, doing it with a bit of a sour taste in his mouth. Heatley believes, rightly or wrongly, that the public portrayal of him as a bad guy, a bad teammate and someone who is battling his own inner demons is flat out unfair.
Get to know me, he says, and then formulate your opinion.
"Any time you haven't met that person or know the whole story it's tough to jump to conclusions, but that's the way it goes," Heatley said. "That's what we, as hockey players, have to deal with sometimes, but the summer has been fine. I haven't really been listening too much. I'm just getting ready for the season."
That starts here in Calgary this week where Heatley is one of 23 forwards on the ice (Ryan Getzlaf is here but not skating and Simon Gagne was sent home after aggravating a hip injury on Monday) trying to make an impression on Hockey Canada's staff.
Heatley is a veteran on the Canadian National Team having represented his country in the 2006 Olympics, six different World Championships, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and the two World Junior Championships. In fact, Heatley is Canada's all-time leader in goals and points in the World Championships with 38 and 62, respectively.
He has won eight medals in his international career (three gold, three silver, two bronze).
"There are 24 forwards here for a reason and any one of those guys is good enough to make the team," Heatley said before news about Gagne broke. "Anyone out here is willing to play any role. We're all willing to do whatever."
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