I have been trying to stay away from writing anything about the Dany Heatley situation but I just can't anymore. Here we have a two time 50 goal scorer who signs a big multi year contract with the Ottawa Senators, and basically because he doesn't like the way his new coach is using him on the team (taking him off the 1st power play unit), asks to get traded. Ok simple enough but wait, Heatley has a no movement clause in his contract so he will only except a trade to a team he approves.
The way I see it is professional athletes are having way to much power in their contracts, especially with no movement clauses. Team need to stop giving these players these type of clauses, just sign a multi year, multi million dollars contracts, and if the team decides to trade you then so be it, that is the life of a professional athlete. Gone are the days of Steve Yzerman, Mario Lemieux, and Joe Sakic, where the star player is drafted by and stays with that team from beginning to end of their career.
Back to Heatley, to me he is nothing more then an immature cry baby that has to have his way. The Senators had a deal in place to send Heatley to the Edmonton Oilers, but because of his no movement clause Heatley said no. Well now The Senators worked out a deal with the San Jose Sharks which Heatley was ok with. The Senators sent Heatley and a 5th round pick to San Jose for Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo, and a 2nd round pick.
So Heatley gets his way and is out of Ottawa and away from a coach he did not agree with, I was hoping that Ottawa wouldn't have found a deal they liked and they just taught this immature athlete a lesson and bench him for awhile to see how he likes that, but then again Heatley may make me change my mind about him if he becomes a Canadian hero at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, that's if he even makes the team.