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Continued: Heatley injury has Wild dealing with tight salary cap

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 18, 2013 - 9:48 AM

If the Wild can’t buy out Heatley, he still has value. While his skating has slowed, he was on a 25-goal pace (82-game season) last season, is a power-play threat and a big body who protects the puck in the offensive zone. His absence was felt during the Wild’s downtrodden April.

Either way, it will be fascinating to watch how Fletcher makes the snug math work.

“The question is how do we get to the cap and still make the right hockey decisions,” Fletcher said. “That’s the challenge, but honestly, I’m not worried and there are a lot of teams that are in worse shape than we are.”

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