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Yeo not happy with Heatley’s turnovers, line demotion coming?

Dec 9, 2013, 2:08 PM EDT

Dany Heatley AP

The Minnesota Wild beat San Jose 3-1 on Sunday despite being outshot 38-13 and getting very little out of the Nino NiederreiterCharlie CoyleDany Heatley line.

Following the game, head coach Mike Yeo took issue with how the group played, with special attention paid to Heatley.

From the Pioneer Press:

“They had a few (good shifts), but not enough still,” Yeo said. “There were still a lot of turnovers.”

He praised second line center Charlie Coyle’s improved effort in the faceoff circle (7 for 12) and liked part of winger Nino Niederreiter’s game. The only one on the second line he didn’t praise was Dany Heatley.

Heatley recorded an assist, but turned the puck over a few times and didn’t play a complete game.

“I’m not going to disagree with you,” Yeo said.

And from the Star-Tribune:

Heatley again turned pucks over routinely to make life difficult on the Wild. One caused Coyle’s penalty and a golden chance by Logan Couture, another turnover led to an icing, then a Clayton Stoner penalty.

Yeo agreed that Heatley’s turnovers are becoming troublesome, but said, “I’m not going to sit here and point to Heater and say he was the reason. But at the same time, we have to look at everything with that line and figure out why.”

Heatley’s struggles this year are well documented — he has just six goals and 11 points in 32 games, averaging a career-low 15:22 TOI per night — but they’re exacerbated by his gaudy contract, which carries a $7.5 million cap hit (that, thankfully for the Wild, is set to expire at the end of this season.)

Now it sounds like Heatley could become one of the most expensive fourth-liners in hockey. He responded well earlier this season after getting dropped onto a line with Zenon Konopka and Torrey Mitchell, and it sounds like he could be on his way back there.

“That’s something that we’ll talk about and look at for sure,” Yeo said about returning Heatley back to the fourth line.

  1. doubles22 - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Yes, let’s hope Heatley gets demoted to 5th line.

    Losers in the Heately / Havlat trade? Wild & Sharks fans everywhere.

    Oh yeah, almost forgot. Here’s a big “eff you” to Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Had he not injured Heatley during a scrum at the end of a Wild / Sharks game last spring, the Wild coulda saved me the misery of having to watch him by using an amnesty buyout on him.

    • skr213 - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      I’m with you except the Vlasic comment. Heatley earned his way into that scrum and it wasn’t Vlasic’s fault that Heatley stopped hitting the weights years ago and now gets injured so easy.

      • doubles22 - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        I can accept that. In spite of the words I chose, I didn’t intend to blame Vlasic for injuring Heatley. Can’t help but blame Vlasic for me having to continue to watch “The Player Formerly Known as Dany Heatley” though.

  2. wingsfan97 - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    You can’t demote the Allstate

    • guitarhunterdude - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      Allstate? I like it. Heatley certainly causes mayhem (for the Wild) whenever he’s on the ice.

  3. purpleguy - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    The legs are gone, the hands seemed to have followed, and the effort at times seems to be lacking. Other than that, all has been good. I seriously wonder if any team will sign him next year.

    • PhillySN - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      I can see a team taking a chance on him. One year deal, very little amount (no more than a million) hoping some shade of what he was before will show up

    • lordfletcher - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      no chance a team gives him a deal. He has been so bad and every GM knows it. If any GM wanted him now, they would make a call to Fletcher as the GM of the Wild would trade Heater for peanuts, heck they might even go as far as throwing in a draft pick or prospect just to shed his salary and be able to make a play in this years trade deadline.

      Heatley the hockey players isn’t as big of a problem as his contract is… all of that said, I would rather have Heater than Havlat, couldn’t imagine having more wasted years on a roster spot.

  4. skr213 - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Not liking Heatley’s turnovers, is basically just saying you don’t like Heatley. There is no Heatley without turnovers. That simply doesn’t exist.

  5. snipedanglecelly13 - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Lmao! Allstate XD

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