Rand: Vanek, Heatley mirror images at time of acquisition

  • Article by: MICHAEL RAND , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 4, 2014 - 6:49 PM
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Wild left winger Dany Heatley

The eventual success or failure of Thomas Vanek with the Wild has nothing to do with how Dany Heatley performed here. They are different people and different players. Let’s start from that premise, as we have previously written, to reaffirm that comparisons between the players aren’t exactly fair. But even if comparisons aren’t fair, they are in many ways uncanny. It means little in the future, but in the present it is apt. Let’s take a look then at the Wild’s acquisition of Heatley in 2011 and the signing of Vanek on Tuesday:

College experience:

Heatley: Two seasons with a then-WCHA team (Wisconsin), where he tallied 113 points.

Vanek: Two seasons with a then-WCHA team (Minnesota), where he tallied 113 points.

Date acquired by the Wild:

Heatley: July 3, 2011

Vanek: July 1, 2014

Age when acquired by the Wild:

Heatley: 30 years, 5 months, 12 days

Vanek: 30 years, 5 months, 12 days

How he was acquired:

Heatley: Trade with San Jose

Vanek: Free agency

Money, years reportedly on Wild deal:

Heatley: 3 years, $19 million

Vanek: 3 years, $19.5 million

Previous NHL experience:

Heatley: Nine seasons with three teams

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