When the Wild traded Martin Havlat to San Jose for forward Dany Heatley last offseason, they made the move for a bold and singular reason: to score more goals.
Heatley, who will turn 32 on Saturday, was acquired to bring a shot of adrenaline to an offense that scored fewer goals than any team in the Western Conference last season.
When the big winger arrived, the Wild already had sent their top defenseman, Brent Burns, to San Jose in a draft-day deal for Devin Setoguchi, who was brought in for the same reason. They were remaking their top line in an effort to cure one of the team's long-standing needs, and the forwards' jobs seemed simple.
As it turns out, though, they haven't been. Setoguchi missed almost a month because of a knee injury, returning Jan. 4 against Vancouver. And now, team captain Mikko Koivu is out for the second time in five weeks, having sustained an upper-body injury that could keep him out for several weeks.
Minnesota Wild counting on Dany Heatley to pick up his scoring
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Jan 19