Sharks winger Dany Heatley managed to write himself into the NHL's epic head-shot saga this week, with bad timing if nothing else. Heatley was suspended Wednesday for delivering an elbow to the head of Stars forward Steve Ott during Tuesday's 6-3 win at Dallas. Ott, a multiple-time suspendee himself, seized the opportunity to become the latest player outraged by a head shot, telling reporters, "I don't care if Heatley makes $10 million. ... It's time to get this out of the game as fast as we can. Protect the guys." Heatley did the hockey equivalent of claiming "all ball" - in this case it's "all body" - saying he didn't get head, just shoulder and neck. The league sided with Ott to the tune of a two-game, $80,000 assessment. On its surface, it wasn't one of the league's more notable incidents this season. But Wednesday also happened to be the final day of the league's general managers meetings, at which the main topic of conversation was head shots and Commissioner Gary Bettman's plan for ending the concussion epidemic.
Heatley caught up in concern over concussions
San Francisco Chronicle | Mar 19