|Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on July 4, 2011 at 3:55 PM|
(Dany Heatley Traded by Sharks)
There has been no shortage of hockey headlines to start the summer. Several superstars have changed teams. I'll admit, I was shocked by the Mike Richards situation in Philadelphia, but this latest move between the Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks may just take the cake. At the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, these two trading partners pulled off a huge deal: Devin Setoguchi to the Wild for All-Star defenseman Brent Burns.
Late last night, these two upped the ante. The San Jose Sharks shipped superstar Dany Heatley to the Minnesota Wild for the gifted Martin Havlat. Just two short seasons ago, Heatley snubbed my Edmonton Oilers to sign with the San Jose Sharks. I'm shocked the Sharks gave up on the former back-to-back 50-goal player so soon. The question has to be asked: does trading Dany Heatley actually put the San Jose Sharks closer to the Stanley Cup? Was he really the biggest issue?
No disrespect to Martin Havlat who is a wonderfully skilled player. The fact is, Havlat has yet to play a full NHL season. Even at his best, he had 77 points back in 08'-09'. In comparison, Heatley achieved 64 points this past season, and that was considered very sub-par.
"Heatley, who ranks first in the NHL in power-play goals (128 ) and game-winning goals (58 ), third in goals (325) and fifth in points (689) since he entered the League in 2001, gives Minnesota a game-changing offensive talent on the wing, an invaluable commodity for a team that annually struggles to score goals." NHL.com
"I was presented this deal today and I decided to waive the no-movement clause to go to the Sharks," Havlat said. "I'm very excited. It's a great team with great players with chance to win a lot of hockey games."
Havlat could be a point-per-game player in his new environment. The key for him is to stay healthy. Both players should be valuable fantasy hockey assets. Dany Heatley will be Mr. Everything in Minnesota. As far as Martin Havlat is concerned, the skill-level around him has gone up dramatically. If healthy, he will enjoy his best NHL campaign.
The San Jose Sharks are definitely hoping Havlat does finally tap into his full potential after trading an asset like Dany Heatley.