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Continued: Rand: Vanek, Heatley mirror images at time of acquisition

  • Article by: MICHAEL RAND , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 4, 2014 - 6:49 PM

Vanek: Nine seasons with three teams

Previous scoring output:

Heatley: 325 goals, 364 assists

Vanek: 277 goals, 279 assists

Goals in last five non-lockout-shortened seasons before joining Wild:

Heatley: 50 (2006-07), 41 (2007-08), 39 (2008-09), 39 (2009-10), 26 (2010-11)

Vanek: 40 (2008-09), 28 (2009-19), 32 (2010-11), 26 (2011-12), 27 (2013-14)

Main reason for acquistion:

Heatley: To add punch from a proven goal-scoring wing to a squad that finished 26th in the NHL with 2.48 goals per game the season before he was acquired.

Vanek: To add punch from a proven goal-scoring wing to a squad that finished tied for 24th in the NHL with 2.43 goals per game the season before he was acquired.

Outcome of tenure with the Wild:

Heatley: 24 goals in first season in Minnesota, but just 23 combined in the next two for a total of 47 in three years.

Vanek: To be determined, though clearly the Wild is hoping for more than 47 goals over the next three years.

 

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