Heatley Playing As Soon As Tomorrow??

Recent rumors were that Dany Heatley could be playing in early february after missing all games this season so far dut to his infamous car crash that we all know about.

But according to TSN.ca it could happen sooner than we all thought…(TSN.ca)

Dany Heatley is expected to play tomorrow night for the Atlanta Thrashers, TSN has learned.

Sources told TSN that as long as Heatley made it through today’s practice without any problems, he would be inserted for tomorrow night’s game at home against the St. Louis Blues. An official announcement is expected later today, provided there were no problems in practice.

Heatley is still awaiting word on charges in the auto accident that claimed the life of teammate Dan Snyder, but his legal situation will not prevent him from returning to active duty. The prosecuting attorney’s office in Atlanta has been made aware of Heatley’s anticipated return to the ice tomorrow night. It is expected that Heatley will be permitted to travel with the Thrashers and leave the country for games in Canada.

There is no word on when the attorney’s office will make a decision on what charges to proceed with.

In the meantime, though, Heatley’s hockey career is set to resume.

Heatley hasn’t played a game this season because of the injuries suffered in the car crash. It was thought his surgically reconstructed knee would require many more weeks of rehabiliation, but the hard-shooting winger has made remarkable strides in coming back from the surgery.

Heatley won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 2001-02 and last season was named MVP of the all-star game. He finished sixth in the league with 41 goals. The 23-year-old Calgary native also helped Canada win gold at the world hockey championships in Helsinki last spring, leading the team in scoring.

The Thrashers could use his help on offence. They are winless in three games and have scored a total of three goals in that span. Atlanta trails the Islanders by four points in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Thrashers are, however, only six points out of the lead in the Southeast Conference, which is headed by the Tampa Bay Lightning.


Great news for the Thrashers, they desperatly need Heatley to spark their team and make it to the Playoffs right now. Hopefully for them it’ll be enough to make it. If they do and acquire a solid defensive d-men, my prediction is that they could surprise some teams in the east…



21 Responses to Heatley Playing As Soon As Tomorrow??

  1. leshabitants101 says:

    Only hoping their not rushing him.

  2. Spektor says:

    Will he be wearing handcuffs?

  3. cwthrash says:

    Sportsnet says he will be in the lineup tomorrow.

    “Dany’s decision came after practice (Tuesday) where he was given 100 per cent clearance by the doctors,” Thrashers GM Don Waddell told Sportsnet. “He will be in the lineup tomorrow (Wednesday) night.”

    Such is my happiness that I’ll let go that completely inapproriate comment above by Spektor. Even in jest, that was just wrong.

  4. davidhabba says:

    Why is there such a Dany Heatley feel-good society? I have no sympathy for this guy, he disgusts me. He was warned and admonished many times about his reckless driving and never took heed. When I walk in a residential area and see some jerk booting it down the road at excessive speed, i get pissed off. There could be children and other innocent bystanders who could get run down by such a-holes. Dany did exactly this, killed his passenger and luckily didn’t kill anyone on the street. Why does everyone want to treat him with kid gloves???

  5. cwthrash says:

    We covered all this after the accident. And even now we still don’t know what really happened that night, the police and DAs office have done a good job to keep their investigation quiet. So I’m guessing that you know as many details as I do about the specifics of the accident, which are little and none. Therefore any rush to judgment, either by me or you, just doesn’t work.

    But naturally we both have our presumptions, which are obviously different. I believe that in the end he will get what he deserves by the law, be that a lot or a little. However it goes, he is battling through his own hell right now, worse than any time in prison could be.

    His mistake was very unfortunately tragic, but a mistake nonetheless. Any everyone can and does make mistakes, and it’s not far-fetched that something like this could happen to any of us. And it’s not necessarily about the speeding. Maybe you or I are paying attention to something other than the road (which happens quite a bit). If that happens at the wrong time, you could be going 40mph and still have a horrific accident. And that’s just one scenario in a vehicle, there are countless scenarios not involving a vehicle which we can make a mistake and have it end up tragically. It could easily happen to you or me, then your tune of non-forgiveness might be altered a bit.

    I know this won’t change your mind, but I just wanted to say it.

  6. B-man says:

    who cares, just throw this guy in jail

  7. Spektor says:

    with Michael Jackson and Martha Stewart

  8. Spektor says:

    Seriously they have to before he gets sentenced.

  9. davidhabba says:

    Cwthrash, I respect what you are saying and you present your arguement well. Yes, this can happen to you or me when driving. A momentary lapse of concentration and you could find yourself in dire circumstances. But my arguement is that speeding excessively in a residential zone is no accident. It is a blatant disregard for other peoples safety. And while their are many aspects we do not know about this case, the one thing investigators were definitve about was the fact that he was going 120 k/hr in a 50 kilometer zone (I think that works out to about 80 in a 30). Take this with the fact that his own father had pleaded with him the week before to be more careful (he was afraid Dany would be the next Pelle Lindberg) and again I say that I hope he gets serious jail time.

    You’re right, my opinion is pretty solid on this. I’ve seen lots of cowboys doing this from time to time and it pisses me off every time. Let me ask you, if you were taking a stroll down one of your neighbourhood streets and saw some guy ripping down the street at highway speeds, what would you think?

    Just my opinion.

  10. The_Conductor says:

    Noooooooooooooo not Martha Stewart, anything but Martha. Throw R Kelly, Daryl Strawberry or even Pete Rose but not Martha.

  11. IrishRinkrat says:

    If only we lived in a fantasy land and the right thing happens… Heatley goes to prison and never plays hockey again. But this is America, and stars are above the law. If Darcy Tucker or any other goon is reading this, make people who understand how dumb it is that he’s allowed to play happy by ending his career. He deserves to suffer for what he did, not play hockey again.

  12. cwthrash says:

    I’ve always said his actions were very reckless, that is pretty much a fact that can’t be debated. His actions aren’t defendable. But I think there is room for compassion and understanding, and most of that comes from the Snyder family. They have forgiven him, and they were the ones that lost their son. We didn’t have any personal stake in this and we’re debating the incident and its consequences, while they lost a son and have forgiven Heatley and are trying to move on.

    Another reason why I say all this is because of an accident that I was in. Wasn’t all that similar to this one, but I was the passenger and both drivers involved were reckless. The rearview mirror snapped off and raked across the top of my head, got a nasty concussion and a deep gash. If that mirror hit me maybe an inch lower with that impact, I wouldn’t be here now. Afterwards, I had no animosity whatsoever towards either driver. I was just happy to be alive.

    I don’t fault you for believing what you believe, I can see why you do. Maybe I just see it from a different perspective.

  13. cwthrash says:

    Interesting isn’t it? The only people whose opinions and feelings about the accident that mean anything whatsoever have forgiven him. The Snyders lost their child, they are the only ones who have any right to be angry. But yet they have forgiven Heatley.

    My feelings and your feelings amount to a heaping pile on this one. What we think he does or doesn’t deserve means nothing. It is very much NOT our place to pass any kind of judgment. About this, I know I’m right.

    But I know that you guys will continue to say what you feel about this. More’s the pity.

  14. Lint07 says:

    the court will decide what should be is sentence. Until then I think that everybody should get over it and focus on hockey.

    I mostly agree with CW on this case. If the Snyder family would’ve not plead FOR Heatley, THEN it MIGHT have been a different story as far as i’m concerned.

    btw Heatley received the permission from the court to play the Thrashers games in Canada.

  15. x says:

    You only say this because heatley wears a thrasher sweater.

    If he played for the Lightning you would be singing a differant tune.

  16. cwthrash says:

    I say this because I’m a human being, someone with feelings and compassion. I’d say the same thing if it were anyone else who was involved in this incident, be it someone famous or someone whom I’ve never heard of. What I said doesn’t have a damn thing to do with sports, or who I like or don’t like.

    If you can’t see that, then I’m sorry.

  17. davidhabba says:

    You’re right. Different perspectives, not everyone has the same perspective or thinks the same. I respect your take on this. Enjoyed debating this over intellegently.

    Sorry to hear about the accident. Good luck to your Thrashers (who I think will be the next Senators, lots of talent on the farm).

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  19. IrishRinkrat says:

    That’s where it seems you don’t understand. It is sports, and the sad truth is athletes find a way to be above the law. It’s disgusting, and it really doesn’t matter if the Snyders’ forgave him… that doesn’t mean the crime goes away. Heatley committed a crime. He should pay the price. It’s not being an inhuman monster to think like I think and most of the other people here think, it’s that justice should always be served… and for that, at the very least, Heatley should serve prison time for third degree manslaughter, or whatever the charge should be. Because I know, if I drove a car and killed my friend, was forgiven by my friend’s parents, and had the same circumstances as Heatley, but wasn’t a star athlete, my ass would be in Rikers Island. That’s the truth… humanity has nothing to do with the subject.

  20. cwthrash says:

    I’ve said it a couple times here, and many more in the past, that his punishment will be what the DAs office feels it should be. They will eventually finish their investigation, weigh all the evidence they have and charge him as they see fit. I’ve known that from the start, that’s acceptable. He shouldn’t escape punishment, nor will he. What that punishment may be has yet to be decided, and whatever we think it should be doesn’t matter.

    And the real truth when it comes to athletes and the law is that their isn’t much difference between them and anyone else. We just happen to see and follow those particular events, we don’t see the thousands of other criminal matters that take place. Both sides, the famous and non-famous, get no punishment when it is deserved. Both sides get punished when it isn’t deserved. As we speak, it is happening now in thousands of courthouses across this country. People with influence and stature get punished as much as they don’t, just like your every-day person. We only get to see very select parts of the justice process. The media builds up this BS that athletes and people of fame in general are above the law, and so many people buy it hook, line and sinker. I’m sorry, but it just isn’t true.

    Someone like OJ got acquitted, when we all know he was guilty. I can guarantee you that the same scenario has played out for dozens, hundreds of others with no fame whatsoever. Good lawyer, technicality, sub-standard investigation; the list of reasons why goes on and on. And the opposite of that is also true. You don’t see it in the papers or hear about such things, but they always happen.

    As for this particular case, a lawyer on another board happened to lay out the process of Heatley’s case. Explained the DAs role, statute about the crime or crimes for which he can be accused of, what options the defence and prosecution have; etc. It’s too long to put here but I could direct you to it should you want to see what the law actually has to say about this.

    Got to say though, that last line is priceless. You argued your way into a line that makes no sense in reference to pretty much everything.

  21. IrishRinkrat says:

    “I say this because I’m a human being, someone with feelings and compassion.”

    The last line was because of that… maybe the word decency or leniancy (sp?) would have been better?

    I mean I definitely understand your argument, and being under the eye of media, from ESPN to CNN, definitely plays a role in it. But here’s my thing, if Heatley serves no jail time, the argument that he is above the law is more than valid. If not, then justice is served.

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