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Sharks-Wild Blockbuster Part 2: Heatley for Havlat

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild trade news Updated: July 3, 2011 - 10:06 PM
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 Sunday night after Martin Havlat waived his no-move clause to head west.
At the June 24 draft, the Wild acquired 24-year-old goal scorer Devin Setoguchi along with prospect Charlie Coyle and a first-round pick (became Zack Phillips) for defenseman Brent Burns and a second-round pick.
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.
After scoring 119 goals the past three seasons, Heatley scored 26 goals and 64 points in 80 games last season for the Sharks. Much of it was blamed on a hand injury in the second half.
In 669 career games, Heatley scored 325 goals and 689 points.
Havlat, 30, Fletcher’s first big free-agent addition when he came on board in 2009, scored 40 goals and 116 points in two seasons with the Wild.
Heatley has three more years left on his deal at $7.5 million annually. Havlat has four more years left at $5 million annually.
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