Adnan's previous FanPost about Anton Volchenkov wanting to stay got the comment section fired up about booing former players. Who deserves to get booed, who doesn't, why or why not. Zdeno Chara gets booed when he returns to Ottawa. Marian Hossa was taunted by Pittsburgh fans at the conclusion of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals in Detroit. Chrish Pronger gets booed by fans in 29 cities.
Whether or not Volchenkov gets booed in his return to Ottawa remains to be seen. However, there is one former Senator whose return to Ottawa this upcoming season on Thursday, December 2 is hotly anticipated for all the wrong reasons. I will make every attempt to get tickets to this game, put in for some vacation time at my job in Winnipeg and attend what could be the most anticipated regular-season Sens game in a long time:
Dany Heatley's Return To Ottawa.
I hope nobody tries to do anything foolish to him before the game. I hope he doesn't get pelted with objects from the stands. I do, however, hope he is shown as much disrespect as he showed us when he demanded to be traded. A demand he made after he felt he wasn't being used in the correct offensive situations in Ottawa, putting up 39 goals, his lowest total as a Senator. A trade to San Jose that freed him from the well-rounded coaching bonds of Cory Clouston, where he could now flourish offensively and put up an astonishing......39 goals.
Maybe Ottawa wasn't the problem.
I know we're all looking forward to booing louder than ever before upon his return, but since we have such a long wait ahead of us, why not take the time and put in the effort to arrange something far more disrespectful than a boo? He's earned it. He does not deserve to be acknowledged. He should be ignored.
Add your thought in the comments about what you think about ignoring Dany Heatley upon his return. Total silence when he takes the ice, total silence if his name is announced in the starting lineup, and, best of all, total silence whenever he touches the puck. It might sound silly, or ridiculous, but there four and a half months to go. We've got to be able to come up with something more than just boos and burning effigies of Dany Heatley dolls.