As a devoted Shark fan it's sad to see guys like Cheech and Milan get traded to another team. Cheechoo was once a Rocket Richard winner only to be riddled with injuries the past couple of years. Milan is coming into his prime and will be an asset to any top line for Ottawa. I thank those guys for playing their hearts out for the team. Acquiring Heatley was no shock to me the rumors were going around for months. This past week alone ESPN posted that he was part of a 3 way trade between Ottawa, San Jose and the LA Kings. Of course we now know this was un-true but hearing the news that night let me know something big was up. We have all read and heard the opinions of Heatley, his production, his attitude, but the question is can he get it done in San Jose? Can he help the Sharks capture the cup?
The Sharks organization is home grown and they don't want to upset the fans. If you all remember it was the fans that made them what they are today and embraced this amazing sport. People questioned the GM when there were talks of "Bad boy" Jeremy Roenick joining and look what happened with him. He became an instant fan favorite, an "un-lettered" leader in the dressing room, a character guy that will be missed. Can Heatley do the same and change the views and opinions of him? I believe that he can. San Jose is not a traditional market, they don't get the press that the Canadian teams do. He will not be under as much media scrutiny but that doesn't mean he can pull the same act he was in Ottawa. The coach will not put up with it nor will the GM or the fans. We brought him here to help us win a cup not to hear him complain when it doesn't go his way. He will learn quick that this is a "Team" and it doesn't matter how much you get paid you are still subject to being benched if you act out. I personally have not seen many games that he has played but I know this guy can produce and may give us the edge we need.
All in all this was a good trade for both teams. I believe he will be on the top line with Thornton centering and Setoguchi on the wing. I've read others blogs saying that Marleau will be on the top line again but don't count on it. On power plays yes, but he is better suited as a second line winger with line mates Pavelski and Clowe. You need to remember that young star Torrey Mitchell is back in the line up and Brad Staubitz was just signed as well. There is a lot of competition for these spots and these boys need to prove that they should still be in this organization. It's all on the line this year.
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