I like this trade for Minnesota. Marty Havlat is a solid player but not nearly the goal scorer that Heatley is. In the last 3 years Havlatt has stayed healthy and has scored a total of 69 goals (avg 23 per year), Dany Heatley during that same time has scored 104 goals (avg 35 per year). But I guess the Sharks wanted to free up some cap space and make a shake up trade at the same time.
As for the other trade, Setogucchi for Brent Burns, I like what the Sharks did there, but Minnesota did need a fwd so its a pretty solid trade for both sides.... Anyways heres a look at the two rosters as of right now (although more moves might be made)
Dany Heatley - Mikko Koivu - Devin Setogucchi
Kyle Brodziak - P.M. Bouchard - Giullaume Latendresse
Eric Nystrom - Matt Cullen - Cal Clutterbuck
Brad Staubitz - James Sheppard - Darryl Powe
Nick Schultz - Marek Zidlicky
Greg Zanon - Clayton Stoner
Marco Scandella - Jared Spurgeon
- I don't know if it makes them a playoff team, I definitely like the Kaberle to Minnesota rumors. The Wild could definitely use another quality d-man but other than that I like their forwards a lot. I think the Havlat/Heatley upgrade and addition of Setogucchi up front helps to offset the loss of Brunette to the Hawks. Brunette was the 3rd top scorer on the team last season behind Koivu and Havlat.
And here's the Sharks:
Patrick Marleau - Joe Thornton - Martin Havlat
Ryan Clowe - Joe Pavelski - Logan Couture
Torrey Mitchell - Michael Handzus - Jamie McGinn
John McCarthy - Ben Ferriero - Tommy Wingels
M.E. Vlasic - Dan Boyle
Douglas Murray - Brent Burns
Justin Braun - Jim Vandermeer
I don't know about the depth up front for the Sharks. But if Couture builds on his rookie year they're looking pretty good. Still, I think the Heatley trade might be to free up a couple mil to replace role players lost like Ben Eager and Jamal Mayers. Also there is no rush for this team to get those players, they could add them at the deadline. But with Brent Burns in there, you have to love San Jose's defense.