“He’s got world-class speed,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. “When we realize we gave up some speed in the Brent Burns deal, the need to get that in our top six was important. … When you’re looking at high-end speed, breakaway players that like to play in big moments, Marty is at the top of the list.”
Havlat had a no-movement clause in his contract but waived it shortly after being presented with the deal earlier Sunday because of the desire to play for a team that reached the conference finals the past two years.
“For a hockey player, if your season ends April 10, it’s kind of an empty feeling, an unsuccessful season for sure,” Havlat said. “When the real season starts, you’re sitting at home watching the best hockey on TV. I enjoy playing the playoffs. That’s why I play hockey, to have that chance.”
Havlat has excelled his past two trips to the postseason with 28 points in 26 games in 2006 with Ottawa and 2009 with Chicago _ one of the reasons Wilson coveted him so much even though he scored only 40 goals in his two seasons with Minnesota.
The Sharks acquired Heatley two years ago, hoping he would be the piece that lifted them to the Stanley Cup. He had 39 goals his first season but only 26 last year as he played much of the second half with a broken hand.
“We are excited to add Dany Heatley, one of the top goal scorers in the NHL, to our team,” Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said. “He is a quality player who has averaged more than a point a game in his nine-year career.”
“These are two very good players,” he said. “We just felt at this time with where we’re at and the things we needed, to add Marty Havlat was an important piece to add to our own team.”
The Wild scored the fifth fewest goals in the league last season as they missed the playoffs for a third straight year. That helped lead to Fletcher acquiring two proven goal scorers from the Sharks.View Entire Story
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