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Silver Nuggets: So much reaction, so little time

There's a lot of people out there, and a lot of different opinions on the Ottawa Senators acquisition of Jonathan Cheechoo, Milan Michalek, and a second-round pick in 2010 from the San Jose Sharks for Dany Heatley and a 2010 fifth-rounder.

If you haven't yet, start here, at Silver Seven:

Or other places on SBN:
  • Fear the Fin: Doug Wilson does it again, Dany Heatley is a Shark: That'll Cheech You, after changing his name (one would assume), will deal with the consequences of calling the Sharks the Stanley Cup favourites before they play one exhibition game.
  • Fear the Fin: Heatley Finds A Home: Mr. Plank talks about the trade, sure, but also the precarious position it might put San Jose in after this season, with $21M to sign 11 players.
  • The Copper & Blue: Dany Heatley Traded: Jonathan Willis asks a committee of Edmonton Oilers fans if they'd trade Dustin Penner, Andrew Cogliano, and Ladislav Smid to San Jose for Michalek and Cheechoo. Most say no.
Then check out the Senators' blogosphere:

And why not some mainstream media, too:

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  • Dany Heatley lure too hard for Sharks not to bite on [Toronto Star]: Damien Cox says that San Jose might have given up too much for Heatley--factoring in not only Michalek and Cheechoo but also the salary-dump trades of Christian Ehrhoff and Brad Lukowich--for a player who can score, but can't help them beat a team like Anaheim (see: 2007 Stanley Cup Final). He seems to think Ottawa did as well as could be expected. Good take, all in all.
  • Numbers Game: Heatley Knows Way to San Jose []: Scott Cullen looks at the deal, and reaches the conclusion that Ottawa showed patience to get the best return, and San Jose showed desperation. This makes me feel happy.
  • Michalek eager for 'fresh start' in Ottawa with new season [Ottawa Citizen]: Michalek's version of the standard 'Sorry to leave friends, happy for new opportunity' post-trade interview. He should be here Tuesday, delayed due to visa issues.
  • Clear the air [Ottawa Citizen]: GM Bryan Murray talks about how frustrating this situation was, how he knew Heatley had to be dealt (for whatever we could get), and his expectations for the new guys: Michalek to play as a top-line left-winger, and Cheechoo to hopefully score 25 or more.
  • Senators celebrate Day after Dany [Ottawa Citizen]: Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, Nick Foligno, talk about their relief that the saga is over, and the team can focus on hockey now.
  • Neil, teammates relieved Heatley traded [Edmonton Sun]: See above, but Chris Neil is happier, too. But he's been outspoken on it for a while; he'll be worth the $2M this year if he takes a shot at Heatley when Ottawa's in San Jose.
  • Sens better team after Heatley trade: Alfredsson [Ottawa Citizen]: Not much else a captain can say, really. Alfie thinks the added depth will help the Senators more than a year of a pissed-off Heatley would have. I think it'll be easier for fans to watch, anyway.
  • The way to San Jose: A Heatley timeline [Ottawa Citizen]: Pretty cool piece chronicling the 64-day-long Heatley-Gate saga.
  • Sharks comfortable with making Heatley deal [Sporting News]: Craig Custance basically says the Sharks hit this out of the park, but notes that the long-term commitment to a player who doesn't really know that long-term commitment is a two-way street might be risky.
  • The Heatley trade: All in all, Sens made the best deal they could []: One guess as to Allan Muir's point.
  • Trade makes Sharks, oops, better not say it [San Francisco Chronicle]: Columnist Ray Rotto calls Heatley "one of a diminishing number of 50-goal scorers" in the NHL; judging by his performance the last two years, he might be better called 'one of a number of diminishing 50-goal scorers'. (Alright, I'll probably eat crow after a season on this one, but can't I take one shot?)
  • Purdy: Wilson reveals winning hand [San Jose Mercury News]: Blah, blah, blah, Doug Wilson's a living god, and so on. Pretty amazing that the guy was able to acquire a player who demanded he be traded to his team, isn't it? Yeah, I'd say that's a heck of an accomplishment.