Earlier this morning news broke on Hockeybuzz.com that the Wild are in the running for skilled winger Dany Heatley at a rather large and ridiculous price.
Heatley has been the story of NHL news this summer after Ottawa GM Bryan Murray lined up Heatley to be traded to Edmonton when Heatley specifically made it public that he wanted to be traded. At the last possible moment, Heatley refused to waive his no-trade clause because for whatever reason, he didn't want to play in Edmonton (remember, after asking Murray in the first place to be traded). Not only did this frustrate and anger Edmonton fans, but it also alienated the fans in Ottawa who felt back-stabbed by Heatley for wanting to leave Ottawa.
Now, before any Wild fans get too crazy, there can't be any truth in this rumor. This trade would go against everything that Chuck Fletcher has said to the media since being hired as GM. It is no secret and has been well documented that Fletcher wants to wait for desperate teams like Ottawa to need to trade players that they can no longer afford because of salary cap trouble. When this happens, those teams become so desperate that they will often trade players away at under market value because they will be penalized if they can't get under the salary cap.
Many Wild fans were slightly disappointed this offseason when the Wild didn't land Saku Koivu or any other needed forward. Michael Russo told fans in his blog not to worry, that Chuck Fletcher would be looking to add talent via the trade route later in the summer when teams like Ottawa would need to get salary off of their books.
Let's say that this trade in theory went down as proposed. Minnesota would get Heatley who would obviously be playing with Havlat on the #1 line. Who then centers that line? Koivu is Minnesota's only skilled center that can play on the first line. Trading Koivu away without getting another center of equal or greater value would cripple this franchise. This deal just makes no sense, whatsoever.
On top of that, the Wild would also be giving up their best shutdown defenseman, their top prospect and a draft pick all for a player who has an albatross contract who has now asked twice in his career to be traded? If you've read the rumor, ignore it. If you're worried about it, instead laugh. Hockey season is almost upon us; a time where we can all of us Wild fans can be back inside the X, not reading about made up rumors all stemming from a bunch of drama caused earlier in the summer.