Dany Heatley has been less than great this year, and unless he finds his game he will end up in the press box. The eight time 20 plus goal scorer’s numbers have been on a steady decline since becoming a member of the Minnesota Wild.
Heatley has played in 213 games for the Wild, and has put up 142 points. Prior to coming to Minnesota, Heatley’s lowest point total was in 2003-2004 with the Atlanta Thrashers (25 points in 31 games). Due to this year’s struggles, Heatley has been demoted to the fourth line; just a few bad games away from the press box.
This past Sunday the Minnesota Wild skated against the New Jersey Devils and Heatley showed signs of life.
Besides Heatley scoring a power-play goal — the 141st of his career, he didn’t cough up pucks, made tape-to-tape passes and won battles. Fannation.com
Wild head coach Mike Yeo did say that Heatley handled the demotion “the right way”. I would take that as an encouraging sign that both the Wild and Heatley have not given up on each other yet.
If Heatley doesn’t turn his game around; look for the Wild to put him on the trade block. Bad year aside he should have good value come the trade deadline.