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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: Apr 19, 2007
Posted on: July 4, 2011 3:53 am

Wild trade Havlat to Sharks for Heatley

I am so happy to see this move. Heatly could be worth the 7.5 hit on the cap over in minny but he was worth half that as a shark. He did basically nothing for the team in the playoffs and the big 3 was for the most part the big 2 and heatly. Havlat sounds like he could be a real good fit for the sharks, his playoff stats are very impressive and this team needs players to play their best when it matters the most. The lines will look really good for the sharks, marleau-thorton-couture and clowe-pavelski-havlat will have speed, a skilled puck protector and an all-around talent on each line. With a top ten offensive defenseman on the first 2 lines, sharks wont have a problem scoring. Another year for the sharks where the season don't really start til april.

Since: Jul 4, 2011
Posted on: July 4, 2011 3:07 am

Wild trade Havlat to Sharks for Heatley

Just want to say.....SO AGREE with your post.  I was Born in Napa Raised in San Jose....I love what Wilson has done.  Each year it looks like he as done good...but for some reason this year I agree more.  More focus on D.....HUGE pick up with Burns....and trimming the fat with others.....When I first saw the heatly - Havlat trade I was like..."WTH?"....but we all know Havlat from his days with Chicago....he killed the sharks....He is not the goal scorer that Heatley can be, but I feel he is Smarter....better with his hands if you will.  Heatley need to get some Head help.  I look forward to what the Sharks bring....hopefully the cup......AND give Niemie TIME!

Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 1:45 am

Wilsonian Thinking

Doug Wilson has again enacted a 'Bay Area Policy' that extrudes a hint of "Wilsonian Thinking" as he trades to get the 'Havs', thus avoiding the "heat" that was Dany Heatley's lackluster performance during his Sharks' tenure. Tip your cap to him or take your "franchise salary cap" off to him. He is always liberal and forward-thinking.

My favorite Martin certainly gives San Jose a top six forward and expunges a top liner that was less than his moniker, "The Heater", during his brief history with the Sharks.

Wilson continues to massage this Sharks' roster in an effort to find a formula/chemistry that can bring the Bay Area a rare title.

His one challenge to conquer is that players love the balmy weather, the Wine Country and the beaches that lie close. Ice time is a parallel at best. Can you blame them.

Will Wilson ever find a Tim Thomas in goal? Someone gutty?

Take one hand off your collective throats and you may be able to get pucks on net, Sharks.

Atleast this squad does outperform most of the area's franchises.

Continue your forward or blueline thinking, Doug Wilson.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: July 4, 2011 1:27 am

Wild trade Havlat to Sharks for Heatley

Wow. They traded Heatley for a slightly smaller, softer, more fragile version of Heatley. I am REALLY shocked by this.. but what else is new this week has been insane. 

Since: Apr 17, 2010
Posted on: July 4, 2011 12:56 am

Wild trade Havlat to Sharks for Heatley

Setoguchi, Coyle, Heatly, 1st round pick FOR Burns, Havlat, 2nd round pick. Minnesota looks like the winner on paper, but we'll just have to see.
I don't think this is that uneven of a trade. San Jose was set up to have the exact same core of players for the next 3 years. With their lack of playoff success being much attributed to perennial regular season performers becoming ghosts come playoff time (I.E. Heatley), they needed to do something if they wanted to compete next year. I don't think they'll be among the top 4 teams in the West next season, but they could be more dangerous in the playoffs. I think this is a good move by both teams. I've always been high on Burns, too. I think he'll be a good addition to the Sharks defense. But, like you said, we'll just have to see how things work out. I will say that Havlat better stay healthy for them, or this could very easily look like a lopsided trade at the end of the day.

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: July 4, 2011 12:09 am

Wild trade Havlat to Sharks for Heatley

The fact that this trade saves 2.5 million a year against the cap tells me Wilson ahs something else up his sleeve. Not sure how I feel right now about this deal. Minnesota got the better player in this deal; I wonder if this "window" Wilson is talking about was something the teams discussed during the Burns deal and maybe this was a deal that was secretly agreed to during those negotiations, provided both teams were able to make certain things happen in the interim.

Setoguchi, Coyle, Heatly, 1st round pick FOR Burns, Havlat, 2nd round pick. Minnesota looks like the winner on paper, but we'll just have to see. The season is 82 games long, and if the Sharks win a Cup in the next couple of years I don't think any Shark fan is going to be complaining.

Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2011 12:03 am

Wild trade Havlat to Sharks for Heatley

Heatley for Havlat straight up? Really? Who's running the show over there in San Jose, Paul Holmgren?

Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: July 3, 2011 11:53 pm

Wild trade Havlat to Sharks for Heatley

Kind of a weird trade - I would have thought the Sharks could have gotten more for Heatley, even if teams are closer to the cap after their recent free agent signings. Sounds as though Heatley is a bit of a cancer, though, so maybe that brought down his value.

Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: July 3, 2011 11:49 pm

Wild trade Havlat to Sharks for Heatley

I dont really agree with that move either. The last thing the Sharks need is to lose someone who puts up a lot of goals in the regular/post-season. It will be interesting to see what they do with Havlat.

Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: July 3, 2011 11:41 pm
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