Minnesota and San Jose swapped players for the second time in nine days, with Heatley bringing 325 career goals to the Wild.
In another Wild-San Jose Sharks blockbuster, General Manager Chuck Fletcher acquired much-maligned but potentially lethal goal scorer Dany Heatley (pictured) on Sunday night after Martin Havlat waived his no-move clause to head west.
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."
Since Heatley, who will address the media Monday, is one of the best "finishers" in the NHL, one assumes he'll play with playmaker Pierre-Marc Bouchard on the left wing and center Mikko Koivu. Although Setoguchi said he'd love to play wing with Heatley because of their chemistry from San Jose.
"We are very excited to have Dany join the Wild," owner Craig Leipold said in an e-mail. "I think our fans will like this move. I believe we have two legitimate scoring lines now and think we have added some excitement to our team. I know Chuck and his staff have been busy this offseason to make our team better, and I like the results."
Heatley has been criticized for his playoff performances (15 goals and 57 points in 66 games) and conditioning. After scoring 219 goals the past five seasons, Heatley scored 26 goals and 64 points in 80 games last season for the Sharks.
"He's a good man and he loves to play the game," Sharks GM Doug Wilson said. "He went and won a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Vancouver representing the San Jose Sharks. He worked his butt off. This is a guy that played with a broken hand for a month and a half [last season] and never said a word about it.
"I respect Dany Heatley tremendously, and this is just a different need for our team at this time."
As part of his original deal with Ottawa, Heatley had a modified no-trade clause where he could supply 10 teams annually by July 1 to which he would not accept a trade. Minnesota wasn't on that list.
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.
Wilson said he realized after the Burns deal that he needed to replace Setoguchi's speed. Havlat offers that speed replacement, and Wilson called him a big-game player.
But Havlat never seemed completely happy in Minnesota, rarely seeing eye to eye with former coach Todd Richards.
"For a hockey player, not just for me but everybody else, if your season ends April 10, it's an empty feeling," Havlat said on a conference call. "When the real season starts, you are already sitting at home watching the best hockey on TV.
"I had the chance to play the last five years only once. The five years before that in Ottawa I played every year. I enjoyed very much playing in the playoffs, and that's why I'm playing hockey."
Heatley had three years left on his deal with a $7.5 million salary-cap hit, with declining salaries of $8 million, $6 million and $5 million. Havlat has four more years left at $5 million annually.
Fletcher has talked often lately about the youth movement and filling holes from within. Leipold said acquiring Heatley would not affect any of the youngsters the Wild plans to give opportunities to in the fall.
|Minnesota||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Kansas City||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Buffalo||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Miami||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Detroit||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Indianapolis||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Cleveland||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Oakland||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Atlanta||12/8/13 12:00 PM|
|Tennessee||12/8/13 3:05 PM|
|St. Louis||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|Seattle||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|NY Giants||12/8/13 3:25 PM|
|Carolina||12/8/13 7:30 PM|
|Dallas||12/9/13 7:40 PM|
|San Diego||12/12/13 7:25 PM|
|LA Clippers||6:30 PM|
|Golden State||7:00 PM|
|Philadelphia||1||2nd Prd 13:50|
|New Jersey||6:30 PM|
|NY Islanders||9:30 PM|
|SE Missouri St||74||FINAL|
|North Dakota St||66||FINAL|
|Harvard||74||1st OT 2:25|
|Fordham||54||2nd Half 2:25|
|BYU||64||2nd Half 8:48|
|Brown||43||2nd Half 16:24|
|NC Central||25||2nd Half 20:00|
|East Tenn St||26||2nd Half 18:21|
|Eastern Mich||29||2nd Half 19:25|
|Clemson||32||2nd Half 18:30|
|Alabama State||45||2nd Half 15:56|
|Bowling Green||33||2nd Half|
|UMass Lowell||27||2nd Half 11:16|
|Richmond||39||2nd Half 17:05|
|Loyola-Maryland||29||2nd Half 17:27|
|Mount St Marys||36|
|Long Beach State||41||2nd Half 15:14|
|Lafayette||55||2nd Half 14:16|
|UMBC||33||2nd Half 15:41|
|Akron||45||2nd Half 14:10|
|St Bonaventure||39||2nd Half|
|William & Mary||36||2nd Half 15:34|
|Miami-Ohio||28||2nd Half 17:32|
|New Orleans||4||1st Half 15:24|
|Jackson State||10||1st Half 15:09|
|Jacksonville||1||1st Half 16:43|
|St Francis-NY||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Denver||4||1st Half 17:18|
|Wisc-Parkside||0||1st Half 20:00|
|St Francis-PA||3:00 PM|
|Fla Gulf Coast||3:00 PM|
|Tennessee St||3:00 PM|
|Coppin State||3:00 PM|
|Eastern Ky||3:00 PM|
|Georgia State||3:00 PM|
|NC A&T||3:00 PM|
|Western Ky||3:05 PM|
|New Hampshire||3:30 PM|
|Central Conn St||3:30 PM|
|Miss Valley St|
|Fresno State||4:00 PM|
|Western Mich||4:00 PM|
|Ga Southern||5:00 PM|
|Florida A&M||5:00 PM|
|Iowa State||5:00 PM|
|San Jose St||5:00 PM|
|South Alabama||5:00 PM|
|North Dakota||5:00 PM|
|Sam Houston St|
|UNC Greensboro||6:00 PM|
|Holy Cross||6:00 PM|
|North Florida||6:30 PM|
|Oral Roberts||7:00 PM|
|Central Mich||7:00 PM|
|Grace Bible||7:00 PM|
|TX-San Antonio||7:00 PM|
|Southern U||7:00 PM|
|Indiana State||7:00 PM|
|Saint Louis||7:05 PM|
|Cal State Fullerton|
|St Katherine||8:00 PM|
|Utah Valley U|
|Walla Walla||8:05 PM|
|Sacramento St||8:05 PM|
|James Madison||8:15 PM|
|Stephen F Austin|
|Santa Clara||9:00 PM|
|Washington St||9:00 PM|
|New Mexico St||10:00 PM|
|(16) Northern Ill||27|
|(18) Oklahoma||20||4th Qtr 4:59|
|(6) Oklahoma State||17|
|Marshall||24||4th Qtr 3:46|
|Memphis||3||3rd Qtr 8:46|
|(23) Texas||2:30 PM|
|(5) Missouri||3:00 PM|
|So Florida||6:30 PM|
|(7) Stanford||6:45 PM|
|(11) Arizona State|
|(20) Duke||7:00 PM|
|(1) Florida State|
|(2) Ohio State||7:17 PM|
|(10) Michigan State|
|Utah State||9:00 PM|
|(24) Fresno State|
|Army||12/14/13 2:00 PM|
|Real Salt Lake||3:00 PM|
|Sporting Kansas City|
|Long Beach St||72|
|(4) Notre Dame||90|
|Miss Valley St||59||FINAL|
|Davis & Elkins||0||Postponed|
|South Dakota St||66||FINAL|
|Sacred Heart||47||2nd Half 2:02|
|VA of Lynchburg||20||2nd Half 17:00|
|George Mason||35||2nd Half 15:00|
|Towson||37||2nd Half 19:22|
|NJIT||27||2nd Half 13:24|
|Michigan State||41||2nd Half 15:50|
|UNC-Wilmington||29||2nd Half 14:35|
|Saint Josephs||38||2nd Half 15:53|
|Maine||41||2nd Half 11:07|
|New Hampshire||41||2nd Half 10:42|
|Fairleigh Dickinson||21||2nd Half 17:57|
|UMass Lowell||41||2nd Half 18:11|
|USC Upstate||24||2nd Half 17:17|
|Coppin State||41||2nd Half 18:36|
|Chicago State||45||2nd Half 13:36|
|Buffalo||39||2nd Half 15:11|
|Robert Morris||35||2nd Half 17:50|
|Western Ky||35||2nd Half 16:36|
|Bryant||38||2nd Half 15:40|
|Army||44||2nd Half 13:25|
|Radford||21||2nd Half 15:35|
|New Orleans||27||2nd Half 12:01|
|St Bonaventure||33||2nd Half 14:57|
|VA Commonwealth||49||2nd Half 15:49|
|Tenn Tech||20||2nd Half 17:29|
|Wofford||23||1st Half 1:32|
|Saint Louis||2:00 PM|
|Idaho State||2:00 PM|
|No Dakota State|
|Utah Valley U||3:00 PM|
|Florida A&M||3:00 PM|
|Nebraska Omaha||3:00 PM|
|Mount St Marys|
|Alabama A&M||3:30 PM|
|San Jose St||4:00 PM|
|Northern Ariz||4:00 PM|
|SE Missouri St||4:30 PM|
|Austin Peay||6:00 PM|
|Wright State||6:00 PM|
|MD-Eastern Shore||6:00 PM|
|South Dakota||6:00 PM|
|SD Mines & Tech|
|(23) Texas A&M|
|Appalachian St||7:00 PM|
|Alabama State||7:00 PM|
|Northwestern St||7:00 PM|
|New Mexico St||8:00 PM|
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