Nine days after the earthquake came the aftershock. In another Wild-San Jose Sharks blockbuster, General Manager Chuck Fletcher acquired much-maligned but potentially lethal goal scorer Dany Heatley on Sunday night after Martin Havlat waived his no-move clause to head west. The trade that jolted the NHL late in the evening came after the Wild acquired 24-year-old goal scorer Devin Setoguchi and two other pieces from the Sharks during the NHL draft June 24 for defenseman Brent Burns and a second-round pick. "We are excited to add Dany Heatley, one of the top goal scorers in the NHL, to our team," Fletcher, who will be available during a Monday morning conference call, said in a news release. "He is a quality player who has averaged more than a point a game in his nine-year career." Heatley, 30, long a controversial figure who two years ago asked out of Ottawa and before that Atlanta, has seen declining production since consecutive 50-goal seasons in 2005-06 and 2006-07 with the Senators. But the former Rookie of the Year and four-time All-Star has the ability to be the type of gamebreaker the Wild has been missing since the departure of Marian Gaborik in 2009. Heatley, the second overall pick by Atlanta in the 2000 draft and a former Wisconsin Badger, is a power-play dynamo and has a tremendous shot from between the circles and a scorching one-timer. Since the 6-4, 220-pound right winger entered the league in 2001, Heatley ranks first among all players in power-play goals (128) and game-winning goals (58), third in goals (325) and fifth in points (689). He's done this in 669 games (1.03 points per game, .49 goals per game). "When he called me ... I leaped 9 feet in the air. He's one guy I probably hung out with most on the [Sharks]," Setoguchi said. "This has got to be an exciting night for the state of Minnesota and exciting night for our organization. We're getting one of the best, premier goal scorers in the entire NHL. He is so good, I'm telling you."
Wild deals again: Heatley for Havlat
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Jul 4