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When a contentious relationship with former Ottawa Senators coach Cory Clouston saw Dany Heatley shipped from the Sens to the San Jose Sharks hockey pundits everywhere predicted the best years of Heatley's career were ahead of him. Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way.
On paper it looked like a match made in Heaven. Up until that point Heatley had established himself as one of the game's premier snipers. His ability to get the puck and release it in one quick motion, even in tight traffic, gave opposing goalies fits. He had previously reached the 50 goal mark twice with the Sens and there was every expectation he would do so again, particularly considering he was playing on a line with Joe Thornton, arguably the slickest passer in the game.
Though Heatley's numbers in his first season were far from horrible (39 goals and 82 points) they were also far below the lofty totals prognosticated by fans and media. His second regular season with the club was just ugly - 26 goals and 64 points - and was followed up by a dreadful playoff performance that saw him score just 3 goals in 18 games during his team's run to the Western Conference Final.
It was that playoff performance that likely spelled the end of Heatley's time in San Jose, and July 3rd he was shipped to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for another talented forward (and former Ottawa Senator), Martin Havlat.
Though his time in San Jose didn't meet expectations Dany Heatley is still a world-class talent and at just 30 years of age he has plenty of good hockey left in him. Minnesota has begun to shy away from the defensively-structured game that was the legacy of former coach Jacques Lemaire, and Heatley shouldn't find his offensive instincts stifled like they were under Clouston in Ottawa.