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Instead, Heatley’s injury prevented it, and his friend, former Badger Tom Gilbert, became the buyout casualty instead. Gilbert still hasn’t found a job.
“I understand the business. I know the talk was going on, but I was aware of the rules and the situation,” Heatley said. “It didn’t happen, and now I move on and try to help us win this year.”
He’ll have to do so without his buddy Devin Setoguchi, who was also traded to the Winnipeg Jets. They were acquired nine days apart by the Wild from San Jose two years ago.
“He’s going to enjoy playing in a Canadian city,” Heatley said. “He’s a guy that a lot of times plays on adrenaline and it’s good for his game, and I think that’s going to help him in Winnipeg.”
Heatley is entering the final year of his contract. He’s not dumb. He sees the league getting younger. He sees how many legit NHLers, like Gilbert, haven’t found jobs.
“It is a huge year. Obviously I’m aware it’s a contract year, but that can’t be my focus,” Heatley said. “My focus is to get back to how I know I can play, and if I do that, things will take care of themselves.
“My self-pride is a big motivating factor for me. Proving people wrong is bred into pretty much every hockey player. Very rarely are there the Sidney Crosbys. Most guys, you have to beat out different guys all the way through [your career]. That’s good motivation.”
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