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Report: Wild’s Heatley (wrist) out at least two weeks

Apr 5, 2013, 10:46 AM EDT

Dany Heatley AP

The slash that Minnesota forward Dany Heatley took on Wednesday has proven to be costly.

Heatley, who was whacked by former Sharks teammate Marc-Edouard Vlasic (Vlasic was fined just over $8k for the incident), will be out for at least the next couple of weeks, according to Wild GM Chuck Fletcher.

Prior to getting hurt, the 32-year-old forward had appeared in 36 of Minnesota’s 37 games this year, scoring 21 points while sitting third on the team in goals (11). Heatley also averaged 18:32 TOI per game.

“He adds a lot to our group — power play, goal scoring, big body. We’ve got to make up for that, somebody’s going to have to step up, somebody’s going to have to elevate their game,” Wild head coach Mike Yeo told Mike Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune. “That’s two key guys that we lost the last couple games.”

The other guy, of course, is center Matt Cullen, who suffered a lower-body injury on Monday and has missed the last two games.

Russo said the original plan was for Cullen to rejoin the Wild this Sunday for a game against Columbus, but that plan is now doubtful as Cullen’s taking longer to recover than originally expected.

In a related move, the Wild called up rookie Mikael Granlund from AHL Houston. Granlund has been in the American League since mid-March after his solid start to the NHL campaign fizzled.

  1. sjsharks66 - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Hope heater heals well. Speedy recovery!

    • joelwrobinson - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      You would say thay, you pink hatter.

    • joelwrobinson - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      You would say that, you pink hatter.

  2. elemeno89 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    that a long time for the fu**in all star.

  3. ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    He totally deserved that, don’t know why he wasn’t fined aswell

    • lordfletcher - Apr 5, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Seeing as he didn’t start the contact I can’t understand why he would deserve it.

      yes he swung (and missed first) but video clearly shows pickles or whatever his nickname is check him from behind and some extra shoving, and then post slash shoving heater on the ice.

      As a wild fan I’m not defending heatley because these things happen and if he didn’t want there to be a chance of this happening, he never should have attempted to slash him first.. but since he missed, its hard to say he deserves it rather than well, that is a case of it is what it is.

      Good job on the nhl to fine and not suspend. The rematch will be interesting to say the least. Clutterbuck and brodziak will attempt to play physical but getting two points should be the goal.

      phone comment / ramble over

      cheers

    • valoisvipers - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:02 AM

      The league spoke with the Wild’s management team and it was reported that they said the injury was not from the slash but rather the slam to the ice and ensuing pile on of players was the cause of his injury.

  4. ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    But nice to see two ex teammates trying to kill each other

  5. luvmnsports2012 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Where is ZUCKER!!!!

  6. luvmnsports2012 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Heatley deserved that?? Cheap move by Vlasic especially after the horn blew, hopefully wild give Vlasic what he’s got comin in a couple weeks! But retaliation is probably not the smart choice….f>#% it, I would!!!

  7. r4n6er - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Same thing I say to my kids, “don’t do it to someone unless you would want it done to you”. In other words maybe you shouldn’t have swung your stick like a sword at pickles…

    • gooterbaby - Apr 5, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      Thanks for this commentary. Not only is it going to make me a better father but I now know what it looks like to swing a sword.

  8. sjsharks66 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    I think Joel has a huge crush on me. Im flattered. :)

    You are probably the worst fan the sharks have.

  9. sjsharks86 - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    I have no sympathy for Heatley, he’s scum that belongs in prison IMO. Torres may have seriously hurt some guys but at least he never killed anyone (still think he’s a POS though). That being said you see guys trading slashes all the time in the crease, and he easily could have hurt Pickles with his slash but the @$$hole missed, Vlasic didn’t and he gets fined. That SHOULD be the end of it, however I’m sure Minny fans don’t feel the same way, even though Vlasic doesn’t have a reputation for being a prick that tries to hurt guys out there, so when he says he wasn’t trying to hurt him, just trade blows he’s probably being honest.

    • sjsharks86 - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      My apologies for the run on sentence & the misuse of commas.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      Your a dick

      • sjsharks86 - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        Haha if we’ve regressed to name calling on here then, ummmm, YOU’RE a dumbass (but not necessarily for misspelling “you’re”, I was basing this off of some of YOUR previous posts).

    • radio854321 - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      Wow man….even the guys family forgave Danny (knowing the facts) and moved on ….maybe you should?

      • lordfletcher - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:07 AM

        Bingo Radio

        lost of respect lost for sjsharks86.

        You don’t know Dany or anyone that was invlolved with the accident but when the family of the departed moves on, maybe a hockey fan from (California) should too.

        very, very low comment.

    • lordfletcher - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      “Vlasic doesn’t have a reputation for being a prick that tries to hurt guys out there, so when he says he wasn’t trying to hurt him, just trade blows he’s probably being honest.”

      He wasn’t trying to hurt Dany but clearly didn’t care that he did or was attempting to (I am talking about before he actually did)…and I am sure Heater would have felt the same way back

      It’s like saying that about two people who are fighting each other. Sure they don’t WANT to injury each other, but they could honestly care less.

      Don’t talk for someone when clearly, you are 100% in the manner

      Homer glasses are being worn a bit too much indoors sjsharks

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