Im still in awe that we were able to get Heatley just for Havlat.
I don't expect Heatley to be his old 2006 self, but even in an off-year he was putting up better numbers than Havlat. Heatley is more physical, a much better goal scorer and creator. This will be a steal if he can keep his head on straight.
I think probably the big reason was the cap. Next year they have Logan Couture (spelling?) and Brent Burns to re sign (plus probably some others). That ~2 mil in savings + what Burns is making now is easily enough to sign him. Now add that on top of they are a cup contender, so they wouldnt trade Heatley for a bunch of picks and prospects, so instead they trade him for an NHL proven talent that yes might be a step down but can still play well and probably do a little better with that team. Havlat also brings things that Heatley did not. Speed is the most important thing since they lost that with Guchi.
Also I expect Heatley to be close to his 2006 production. What many people dont realize is that he is a #1 option that was playing on a team with three #1 options. He will get heavy PP time, 4v4 time, and will be playing on the top line with Koivu and probably PMB two pass first forwards that will be more than happy to give the puck to Heatley to rip a shot, something he said he is more than willing to do and said he cant wait to do. Same with guchi if you listened to one of their interviews (I dont know if it is the one you have posted) they said they are both shoot first and dont think about it later. They just shoot, thats something that we didnt have at all last year, everyone wanted to pass pass pass and not shoot everyone was afraid.
I dont expect us to have a miracle season, but what I do expect now is the playoffs. We will have a full year of PMB and the additions of Heatley and Setoguchi which will greatly increase our scoring. The one part that I am afraid of now are our D, its young. I would love to see us sign one more Veteran D man.Not that our young D cant do it, but I think everyone will agree a veteran presence is needed.
Oh and I would also like to see more of Harding, he has been bred to be a #1 goalie something that before he got injured last year I believed he could be. If that injury did not set him too far back I would love for us to trade Backstrom and hand the job to Harding until one day when Hackett gets it.
Last edited by Wisdom Listens; 07-13-2011 at 04:30 PM.
Thorton is a #1 option no questions about it. Distributor or not he is that teams #1 option its who they want to have the puck at all times whether shooting or passing, next in line would be Marleu and than Heatley. And 30 is old? Would you be saying the same thing about Havlat? Should we not have expected more out of him because he is 30 and getting older? I doubt that. He has the ability to put up 80-90 points if not more, this team has not had anyone like him since Gaborik and he is a better player than Gaborik.
When I say a veteran presence would be nice im saying I wouldnt mind bringing in Bryan McCabe. Right handed hard shot and a big guy that can put up numbers and be a good contributor. I know we have a lot of youth that is ready by why rush when we could add someone like McCabe cheap?
You wouldnt want PMB on the top line? Hah thats the same kind of thing people said about Parse before he got injured with LA, he isnt a prototypical first line player but he would add speed and and good offensive IQ to the wing of that line. Heatley and Setoguchi themselves said they almost NEVER played together on the same line on SJ, so I dont get where people think oh my god their playing chemistry is going to be so fantastic. Their locker room chemistry might be good but on ice it will be nothing familiar with them playing on the same line than if they are playing with Koivu or PMB of Latendress or anyone else. And when I said almost never I believe Heatley's words himself were that they were only on the ice together a handful of times in two years together (or was it 3 years?)
Last edited by pidg88; 07-14-2011 at 01:51 AM.
Joe thorton is on another level of both PMB and koivu anyone in the hockey world would agree with that. Just because those two are distributors doesn't make them #1 options. Joe thorton is one of the best playmakers in the world, scores more than both and with his size and IQ he is undoubtedly a #1 option. Koivu is not the yet and PMB never will be. Koivu is easily a #2 option, heatley a #1.
Also to the post above I completely agree and didnt think about that, we want both of them to be shoot first players, so we should split them up on lines PMB/Koivu/Heatley and Laten/Cullen??/Seto makes sense splits our shoot first guys up.
Second dont confuse me with someone who wouldnt want PARISE I would kill for that guy.