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.

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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…

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