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Descent continues: Heatley will be a healthy scratch

Mar 29, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 20: Dany Heatley #15 of the Minnesota Wild warms up before a game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on March 20, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Wild 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Getty Images

When Dany Heatley signed his six-year, $45 million contract, he was one of the league’s top forwards. As he reaches the end of that deal, the 33-year-old is having trouble just staying in the lineup.

Heatley has seen his role with Minnesota marginalized this season to reflect his diminishing offensive production over the last four years. He’ll hit a new low tonight though as the Wild plan on making him a healthy scratch against the Phoenix Coyotes, according to the Star Tribune’s Michael Russo.

Heatley was one of six players to participate in all of Minnesota’s first 74 games. He also has 27 points and a team-worst minus-18 rating.

This is a big game for both teams as the Wild have just a one-point lead over Phoenix in the battle for the first Wild Card spot. Minnesota has lost two straight games and has won just three of its last 12 contests.

  1. hennessey1200hp - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Finally

    • kaptaanamerica - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      This guy had been shiite since he left Ottawa in a hissy fit. He would have been much better off just staying there. Ottawa got a solid goal scorer in Milan Michalek though so they won that trade.

      • imgoingtowichita - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        Even without Michalek, getting Cheechoo won that trade (sarcasm)

  2. bencia823 - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    I miss the days when heater used to be the f**king all star

  3. imgoingtowichita - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Manslaughter Man up in the box. Looks good on him!

  4. budzo83 - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    #healthy’d in ’14

  5. mp1131211 - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    FINALLY!

  6. hosewater2 - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Be smart and keep him there, don’t wanna miss a chance to buy the cocky bum out.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      you can’t buy out an expiring contract, but then again, I’m a Panthers fan, what do I know?

  7. rgledz - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Don’t have to worry about buying him out. It’s the last year of his contract. That will free up money for Vanek and Moulson.

  8. strictlythedanks - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    FIN A LLY

    70 GAMES TOO LATE.

    VLASIC will never be forgiven in minnesota for injuring heater and forcing us to watch another year of his b.s. because he he couldn’t be cut when injured in the offseason.

  9. 19inarow - Mar 29, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Are we completely sure he isn’t Russian?

  10. tapefolie - Mar 29, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Dang it….I was hoping he’d be on the ice for our first 3 goals! Go Yotes Go!!

    • mp1131211 - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      second times a charm

    • mp1131211 - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      Turns out no one was on the ice for the yotes first three…. boohoo!

  11. nicofthenorthstar - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Haula and Fontaine both in the lineup on the same night?! Has hell frozen over or is Yeo no longer allowed to set the lineup?
    And yeah, about dang time.

  12. qauzaq - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    How likely do you all think it is for a team to sign this guy to deal for next season?

    • mp1131211 - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      Likely, just not a very good team. Lots of teams could use him in rebuild mode. They aren’t going to pay a lot and they won’t put him in over a point producer. But he’ll land a contract somewhere.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:01 PM

        agreed, he’ll get a one year deal most likely but won’t pay more than $2 million.

    • mp1131211 - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      I mean, for all the flack he takes, from me included, he isn’t that bad. 1) as the team around him has gotten better, he’s looked worse. and 2) his production has declined and he had a horrible slump after lock out and first part of this season. But he’s actually been scoring pretty well post-new year. He’s in another slump now, though, which is what I think led to him being scratched.

  13. purpleguy - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Losing his legs was one thing, but he’s lost his hands too. You see players like Iginla and Jagr play at an advanced age and wonder what the heck is going on with Heatley at age 33. It’s too bad. Probably due to those college years in Wisconsin.

    • slysipops - Mar 30, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      OR TOO MUCH BOOZE

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