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Wild trade Havlat to Sharks for Heatley

Posted on: July 3, 2011 11:16 pm
Edited on: July 3, 2011 11:45 pm

Just when the NHL got done shaking from the tremors of free agency, the Sharks and Wild gave us a pretty massive aftershock.

Martin Havlat waived his no-trade clause with the Minnesota Wild and has been traded to the San Jose Sharks for Dany Heatley. Each team was relatively quiet in the first few days of free agency, but this trade makes about as much noise as any signing either team could have made.

“Marty is a player that we have had an interest in for a long time," Sharks GM Doug Wilson said. “He can play either wing and brings creativity and breakaway speed to our group of top-six forwards."

It is the second monster trade between the two teams in as many weeks. You might remember at the draft the Sharks acquired Brent Burns and a second-round pick from Minnesota in exchange for Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and the Sharks' first-round selection, which the Wild used to take center Zack Phillips.

"We are excited to add Dany Heatley, one of the top goal scorers in the NHL," Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said. "He is a quality player who's averaged more than a point a game in his nine-year career.”

In Havlat the Sharks get Minnesota's co-leading scorer from last season as he tallied 22 goals with 40 assists with the Wild. Heatley heads to Minnesota having scored 26 goals for the Sharks last season with 38 assists.

Both players are aged 30, had very similar numbers and both are top-six forwards. So what's the point?

For San Jose it saves $2.5 million in salary cap space, giving the Sharks some flexibility to make an additional move or two if they want/need to. Oh, and there was this part of it from Wilson: There was a window built into Heatley's contract that allowed the trade to happen. The window just opened. So more or less, the Sharks traded him as soon as they could, reading between the lines. Heatley hasn't exactly earned a great reputation over the years having asked out of his two previous stops in Atlanta and Ottawa.

“We truly appreciate everything that Dany brought to our organization. He is a tremendous professional," Wilson said.

Meanwhile, Minnesota doesn't have an issue with cap space and it gets a player who is a bit more of a natural scorer (he has reached the 50-goal mark a couple of times) as it continues to retool a team that has sagged offensively since Marian Gaborik for New York. Plus he brings a familiarity with Setoguchi as the two figure to get ice time together.

Havlat and Heatley played together in 2005-06 with the Ottawa Senators.

By Brian Stubits

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Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: July 4, 2011 1:54 pm

Wild trade Havlat to Sharks for Heatley

As much as I don't like the Heatley trade ... picking up Handzus earlier was a good move, so all is not lost.   However, if the Sharks want to move in the right direction, they shoulda dumped Joe Thornton and that albatross of a contract to one of the teams that needs to pick up salary just to hit the cap floor.  If ever there was a year to do this, it is now.   I'm sure there would have been at least 2 or 3 teams willing to listen.  They coulda freed up $7 mill in cap space ... trade him for prospects and use the additional $$$ on FA's ... probably too late now.  

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 1:26 pm

Wild trade Havlat to Sharks for Heatley

Heatly is a murderer no matter how you look at it. Minnesota is a good place for him to get lost.................

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: July 4, 2011 1:12 pm

Wild trade Havlat to Sharks for Heatley

Philly is leading the league in laughing stock moves this off-season  ...  looks like we might have the runner up with the Sharks making bonehead moves of their own now.   Heatley for Havlat straight up!?!?  ... LOL    Good luck next year Sharkies!  DOH!!!

Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: July 4, 2011 12:44 pm

Wild trade Havlat to Sharks for Heatley


Does this mean you'll be changing your alias to "WILD#15"?

Since: Jul 4, 2011
Posted on: July 4, 2011 11:29 am
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Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 10:38 am

Wild trade Havlat to Sharks for Heatley

Wow.  First the Burns deal and now this one.  I have to applaud Wilson but am not sure here.  Havlat reads like a solid player who battles injuries.  Not having seen him play much, I am reserving judgement.  I have seen Heatly play and can safely say that he was overpaid during his time in SJ.  Heatly and some of the Sharks have been victims of success during the regular season and failure in the second season.  Now some would equate a lack of a Cup with lack of success... this is mostly true.  I would miss Heatly more if he had lit the lamp more in the second season and made his teammates look good as well.  The SHarks seem to have lost in situations where they should have actually won to teams they could have beaten (yes, even VAN this season).  For whatever reason(s) they failed. 
I have a perception of Heatly as being a locker room cancer or detraction (at the least).  I think Wilson was brillant to build a window into Heatly's contract for just this kind of move.  This has saved them some $$ for another move or two and moves Heatly on to another club. 
I truly applaud the Sharks front office for years of bargain hunting and shrewd big player moves. 
Havlat has one of the best assist men in Joe Thornton (the fool who posted about Joe Thronton needs to look up assist leader(s) since Joe's arrival in SJ...clueless!) to set him up and a team that has a culture of winning.  I hope he can stay healthy and perform. 
The Wild looked solid last year at times and, with all their off season moves should surely be able to expect a trip to the playoffs now.  Some very good moves by their organization and Heatly will bring scoring that they need. 
I hope these are the pieces the Sharks needed to make it to the next level. 

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 10:16 am

Wild trade Havlat to Sharks for Heatley

My first reaction to this trade was concern for Heatley's attitude, but after thinking about it over night I've gone back and read through comments made by and about Havlat over the last two years.  I guess I'd rather have a guy with an attitude that can finish then a guy with an attitude that can pass.  The Wild has plenty of passers.  Can't think of any finishers (until now).  I have to think that once Heatley gets over being traded to my not (currently) so exciting Wild he will start to vision receiving passes from Butch.  Look what Brian Rolston (one of my favorite Wild players ever) did playing along side PM Bouchard.  30+ goals every season finishing off of Butch.  That is something he accomplished only one other season when not playing with him.
I must be feeling a bit goofy right now because I'm actually thinking my beloved Wild might be able score more then one or two goals on most nights.
Heatley - Koivu - Bouchard
Latendresse - Brodziak (gulp) - Setoguchi
Powe - Cullen - Clutterbuck (Talk about speed)
Not a bad list of top 9 forwards.  I really like that third line the Wild will be throwing out there.  If you move Cullen up to second line and Colton Gillies up to the third line you'd have three third liners that will hit everything that is on the ice with speed to spare.  Wow over six hundred pounds of flying hockey craziness.  I can't wait.
Good luck Marty - I loved watching you dangle the puck, but I can't wait to watch Heatley finish!

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: July 4, 2011 9:38 am

Wild trade Havlat to Sharks for Heatley

I think the Wild have made excellent moves this offseason.  Burns will be missed but it is much easier to fix the D from within than it is to add scoring.  For all of Burns offensive he added from the blue line, he gave up as much on D for being out of position by cheating up in the offensive zone.  The wild have some young blue liners waiting their turn and they will get a chance to prove they belong this season.  With Setoguchi and Heatley the Wild will roll three excellent lines capable of scoring goals next season, and the fourth line won't be too shabby either.

I would be surprised if the Wild didn't make the playoffs this year as they arguably made the most strides in their NW division.  

Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 8:13 am

Wild trade Havlat to Sharks for Heatley

Gentlemen, I agree the trade is good for both teams but the Sharks have a fundamental problem. Joe Thorton. The man plays like he is embarrassed to be so big and he is ashamed to score goals. With his talent he should be a dominant player in the regular season and playoffs. Maybe even the best player in hockey. That is why Boston dumped him for a bunch of spare parts.
How telling it was that the Bruins won the Cup without Thorton and the Sharks are still waiting to get to the finals.
(I am not a Bruins fan.)

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: July 4, 2011 8:02 am

Wild trade Havlat to Sharks for Heatley

is there anyone who is held in such high regard but done almost nothing to deserve it more than Havlat? he is a good player but hes alway hurt. so far hes replace(or tried) Gaborik and now HEatley, maybe Im missing something but Id much rather have the guys he was supposed to replace

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