The NHL season has ended, and now NHL Free Agency will become a hot topic. FanSided has an article posted that suggests Dany Heatley will join an ever-growing group of veterans in the hunt for a new home.
Set to be an unrestricted free agent, Heatley came to the Minnesota Wild via a trade with the San Jose Sharks. In exchange for Heatley, the Wild sent Martin Havlat to the Sharks. The Wild have little choice on the matter, as Heatley is coming off a very poor year, scoring only 12 goals in 76 games. The 33-year-old will have some teams come calling, but it wouldn’t shock me if Heatley explores going to Europe.
- Calder Memorial Trophy – 2002
- NHL All-Rookie Team – 2002
- All-Star Game MVP – 2003
- 2nd. NHL All-Star Team – 2006
- 1st NHL All-Star Team – 2007
- NHL All-Star Game – 2003, 2007, 2008 (named, did not play), 2009
There is value left in Heatley, but after this season, there may be confidence issues. Heatley could be a nice addition to a young team like the Buffalo Sabres, who need to spend money just to hit the salary cap floor. Another team that comes to mind is the Nashville Predators. But, after 863 games, and 791 points, there is nothing left for Heatley to prove.
It’s not a great year to be a free agent if you don’t have numbers on your side, but Heatley has the past to hold on to. The question is will that be enough?