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Published July 05, 2011, 11:47 AM

Goethe: Minnesota Wild invest in a Heatley bounce-back

On name recognition alone, I was impressed by the Minnesota Wild’s latest trade. But a look at the numbers told a different story.

By: Hayden Goethe, INFORUM

On name recognition alone, I was impressed by the Minnesota Wild’s latest trade. But a look at the numbers told a different story.

The Wild shipped forward Martin Havlat to the San Jose Sharks for forward Dany Heatley on Tuesday. It was the second trade the two teams have made this offseason.

In Havlat, the Sharks get a solid offensive guy, someone who seemingly flew under the radar in Minnesota. Havlat had 22 goals and 40 assists last season.

In Heatley, well, I’m not quite sure what the Wild got. Heatley had 26 goals and 38 assists last season for the Sharks, who were one of the NHL’s dominant teams during the regular season.

But not since the 2005-06 season has Heatley improved his goal total from the previous season. He had back-to-back 50-goal seasons in 2005-06 and 2006-07, only to drop to 41, 39, 39 and then 26 goals last season.

The Wild are gambling on the bounce-back. And considering how badly they need scorers, who can blame them?

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