Saturday, August 27, 2005

Comments on the trade from those affected

Curious what Senators players think of the blockbuster Heatley-Hossa trade?

Zdeno Chara on Hossa leaving and the talk that he was too soft:

"Obviously, it's really hard to see him go. He was tremendous for us. He's one of the best forwards in the league, he's a good friend of mine, and we spent a lot of time together, working out. We knew there were going to be a lot of changes, but this was a big surprise. I thought Hossa was going to be here forever. ... Hossa never backed down in the playoffs from the physical part. Dany is obviously Canadian and doesn't back off, and there are some differences in their games, but in this part of the game, I see no differences between them. It's not about nationality."

Daniel Alfredsson:

"The cost factored into (the trade). Heatley is a bigger guy, but Heatley kind of has to play the way he does. He doesn't have the speed of Hossa. I don't think anybody does. He's so quick, he usually beats (defencemen) and cuts to the front of the net. Time will tell how the trade works out. We all loved Hossa and nobody wanted to lose him, but at the same time, we're getting Heatley and he's a great player. Heatley is Canadian, he's coming to a Canadian team. That makes people excited, but I don't think people will forget what Hossa did for this organization. He helped lift us from the bottom to the top."

Chris Phillips:

"They both score goals. I don't think the trade was made just to get Heatley. It's a numbers game. It's the reality of the new NHL and getting under that cap. Now, that's the way the game is. Why can't Heatley be recognized as part of the future of the Senators? In 10 years from now, we could be looking at one of the best Senators ever."

Jason Spezza on playing with Heatley:

"I like to pass the puck and he likes to shoot it. But we have so many offensive weapons, we can mix and match. He's a lot more than a prototypical power forward guy because he has got such great skill, too."


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