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Heatley scratched from Wild lineup in Game 1 against Avalanche

Apr 17, 2014, 9:42 PM EDT

Dany Heatley will not play for the Minnesota Wild tonight. He’s a healthy scratch for Game 1 against the Colorado Avalanche.

The 33-year-old Heatley, who is in the final year of a six-year $45 million contract, has seen his scoring numbers drastically decline over the years. Once a 50-goal scorer, he recorded only 12 goals and 28 points in 76 regular season games.

  1. gbart22 - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    I like heatley I hope he goes somewhere next season and is able to rejuvenate his career to a respectable level again

  2. 19inarow - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    People love to rag on DiPietro, but at least he was bought out due to injury, from which he gave everything he had to come back from, for years. These noodleheads, like Heatley, they just stop playing. What a waste. He was one of the best goal scorers I’ve seen since I’ve been a hockey fan, for over thirty years. I realize he’s 33, but heck, Jagr is almost my age, and look at him. Why hasn’t Heater been bought out?

    I wish he’d realize how precious time is and show the world what he can still do. But hey, he’s getting paid, regardless.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      The Wild were going to buy him out at the end of last year. Vlasic put a hit on in him towards the end of regular season that injured him. Since he was injured, he couldn’t have been amnestied. It made more sense to take his 7.5 million cap hit this year and not buy him out and split it over 2 season at 3.75 each of the next couple seasons. Especially if they have hopes (read will) sign Vanek.

  3. muttbolts91 - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    He should know that considering his mistake with the thrashers

    • imgoingtowichita - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      Mistake. That’s being to kind to the irresponsible killer.

  4. prd797 - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    I find it funny that the Wild scratched Heatley and the Sharks scratched Havlat and, as of right now, are doing better for it by leading their games.

  5. wildfan247 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    Coming from a Wild fan and a Dany Heatly fan, he just can’t keep up with the game, Haula and Fontaine are playing cause they can skate and haven’t hurt the Wild on the defensive side of the ice. If Heater wasn’t hurt going into this year he probably would’ve been traded. Dipietro had 8 years left on his contract when he was bought out, wouldn’t make much sense to buyout Heatly in his last year. Needless to say, he won’t be back next year…

  6. wildfan247 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Also, Heater hasn’t played much the last month, I’d be surprised if he played at all during the playoffs…

  7. isphet71 - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    The Wings would be willing to give him their patented “Dan-Cleary-Scrapheap-Tryout” and hope he decides he wants to start playing again. But he would have to earn it. I don’t know of any other team in the NHL that would even give the guy a shot at this point.

    • beergold - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      Leafs maybe? Where NHL careers go to die.

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