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Hockey Mojo 02-25-2004 10:00 PM

Heatley Benching
After tonights loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Hartley should bench Danny Heatley for his unexcusable play. Do on to you as you do to others (Kovalchuk)! Heatley was a -4 tonight. I have never ever seen him play so poorly. He's not pshyically or mentally ready to play at the NHL level this season. Given he's had a few goals here and a assist there, he's not ready.

GKJ 02-25-2004 10:07 PM

He still isn't in 100% game shape. It takes about a month for that to happen when you miss the first 4 months of the season.

Lyons71 02-26-2004 03:23 AM

The only player on the Thrashers given any accountablilty is Kovalchuk. No one else has been benched. I wouldn't expect it. (though I would agree with it)

Epsilon 02-26-2004 04:11 AM

Heatley is a -12 in 13 games. I don't care what kind of injury you are coming off, that is horrid considering the worst +/- on the team is Kovalchuk at only -14 in 64 games, and a couple of guys at -13 in 59 and 38 games respectively. And while I think +/- is overrated as a stat, when you are putting up a -1 every game the stat carries some weight.

Holly Gunning 02-26-2004 02:27 PM


Originally Posted by Lyons71
.. Kovalchuk. No one else has been benched.

Are you kidding?

Voynich 02-26-2004 02:38 PM

I think the entire defensive corps does a good job of playing "Who wants to be in Hartley doghouse?".

Hockey Mojo 02-26-2004 04:01 PM

Heatley is not 100% and shouldn't be on the ice, he's a liability. He played over 17 minutes last night. I saw Hartley yelling at him once, but I didn't see him go over and stand next to Cassivi like when Hartley benched Kovalchuk.

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