Dany Heatley speaks in Ottawa

The erstwhile Senators sniper talks about nerves, fans and being cast as a villain in the capital.

Dany Heatley spoke with the press in Ottawa for just over four minutes following the morning skate Thursday morning. Here’s what he had to say.

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REPORTER: Are you nervous?

DANY HEATLEY: I’m not nervous, I think I’ve been through this before and once the puck drops it’ll just be another game.

REPORTER : Is it overplayed?

DH: Depends on who you ask, I think. For a lot of people it’s not, but for me, I’ve moved on, I’m happy in San Jose and I want to win the game tonight.

REPORTER: Dany, how does it feel to come into this building?

DH: It’s familiar, pre-game skate. I’ve played a lot of games in here obvisouly. I’m familiar with the building. it was nice to see (sound cuts out).

REPORTER: How does it feel to come back to town as such a villain?

DH: Um, you know, it is what it is. Like I said, I’m happy to see a lot of people in this town, I met a lot of great people in my time here and the people that cast me a as a villain, that’s fine. I’m just going to go out there and play hockey.

REPORTER: What are you expecting from the crowd here tonight?

DH: I think there will probably be some booing and things going on, but fans are entitled to do what they want.

REPORTER: How did your role change here?

DH: I just felt overall the way I was being used and my role on the team had changed from the time I started here to the time I ended here and I felt it was best to move on at that time?

REPORTER: Best for who?

DH: I think it was best for me and for the organization. I think they got a couple good players out of it and they’ve moved on as well.

REPORTER: Any regrets, Dany?

DH: I don’t have any. I think one regret out of the whole thing is maybe how public it became and how much of a media thing it became and how that was handled, but I’m happy where I am.

REPORTER: Did it get too personal?

DH: You know, I think I’ve stopped reading a lot of stuff, so maybe it did a little bit but again, those are fans and some in the media that chose to be that way and again, the media’s got a job to do, fans can do what they want. Some media do their job and some are a little overboard, but that’s the way it is.

REPORTER: Do you feel bad at all that maybe you put this organization in a bad situation?

DH: Um, no I don’t think I did. I think I felt I did what was best for for me and the decision that I needed to make, and I made it.

REPORTER: If it was really just a matter of a couple of minutes of playing time, you don’t think that’s something that could have been ironed out?

DH: It’s not like I just woke up one day and decided to do it. I thought, I felt that way for a long time my last season here. I did talk a lot with the people in charge here at that time and at the end I didn’t think it could be resolved.

REPORTER: Were you not worried about the black mark it might leave on your career?

DH: No, you know, I’m happy where I am. I’m happy every day coming to the rink, I enjoy these guys, I enjoy paying in San Jose, I enjoy the fans there and I’m happy I made that decision.

REPORTER: Do you think people may have been more willing to let it go if you were more forthcoming right away about your reasons for wanting out?

DH: I think I’ve stayed true to my reasons from the start. If people can’t accept that reason of needing a change and a change in role, then that’s fine, but it’s simply that. I know there was a lot of rumours out there of different reasons why, but it was a very simple hockey decision.

REPORTER: Why would you say this is a better situation for you than Ottawa was?

DH: I enjoy playing there. I think (San Jose) is a team that plays a fun style of game, an offensive, attacking style, great players to play with, obviously great rink and great organization to play with. Great coaching staff. I think great in a lot of areas and I really enjoy coming to the rink every day.

REPORTER: And that wasn’t happening here?

DH: I didn’t feel overall, as the last year went on, it did. No.

REPORTER: What do you miss most about Ottawa?

DH: Some if the people and some of the friendships I made. Like I said, coming to the rink a lot of the people I worked with, trainers, staff…you play four years…I did have a lot of great times here and (poor sound quality).

REPORTER: Will you be glad when this night is over?

DH: If we get the win, yeah. I think, like I said, once it starts, it’s all about getting the win. We’ve got to start this road trip off well for us and if we get out of here with a win, I’ll be happy.

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