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Dany Heatley prepares to face Ottawa crowd again tonight

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A San Jose Sharks fan shows Ottawa Senators fans his support for San Jose Sharks’ Dany Heatley during an NHL hockey game in Ottawa on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. It was Heatley’s first game at Scotiabank Place since requesting a trade in the summer of 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand


Considering a mostly amicable split with the San Jose Sharks and the Atlanta Thrashers’ relocation, there’s really only one awkward spot for Dany Heatley: Ottawa. The former Senators forward will play against his former team for the second time since demanding a trade in 2009, although this will be Heatley’s first match against them as a member of the Minnesota Wild.

To little surprise, Heatley was booed heartily during his return on Dec. 2, 2010. As TSN points out, he recorded an assist as the Sharks won 2-0 that night.

Tonight certainly won’t be pleasant for Heatley, but there won’t be many like this since he wisely focused on landing with Western Conference teams. Sadly for jilted Senators fans, but judging from Ottawa’s roster, it’s likely that Heatley might win another game as the designated villain.

It might be a stretch to call it his idea of a great evening, though.