Heatley Glad To Be With San Jose
“We are very pleased to have Dany be part of our team,” said Wilson. “We let two very good players go the other way, but you have to give to get. He has a great skill set and can get 50 goals. When you have a player of this caliber, it only makes you better. This is a piece we were looking at for a while.”
Heatley is locked up for several more years and is only 28-years-old.
“He is coming into his prime at this age,” said Wilson. “We’re getting a dominant player. We think his contract is very fair. It’s for $6.2 million for the next five years (even though the cap number is a little different). He led the league in playoff goals when he went to the Finals a few years ago.”
The newest Sharks player ready to be in California.
“I’m excited,” said Heatley. “I know they are a great team and it’s a great city. I feel I can bring a lot to the team. I have an offensive game, but I can do a lot of things.”
San Jose was one of the primary clubs on Heatley’s radar.
“Definitely, San Jose was there,” said Heatley. “There were other teams from (all kinds of) markets, both American and Canada.”
Heatley is familiar with more than just a player or two on the Sharks.
“I know a few players,” said Heatley. “I played with (Joe) quite a few times with Team Canada, but not on a line during a game. I know Blake from the last Olympics. I know Patty (Marleau) and Joe Pavelski. He is a Wisconsin guy. I’ve also played with Dan Boyle.”
There is also a tie-in with Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan.
“Todd coached him in the World Juniors in Sweden,” Wilson said.
As for who Heatley will skate with, many are already speculating of a power line consisting of Thornton, Marleau and Heatley.
“The potential is there for something like that,” said McLellan. “We will be experimenting a bit. I like that he likes to shoot the puck a lot. When Dany arrives, we’ll see where he fits in best.”
The trio skated together recently at a Team Canada national team camp when the trade rumors were flying and noted the possibility.
“We kind of joked around (about it),” said Heatley.
All sides involved were interested in the rumor mill coming to a close before training camp opened.
“I’m glad we came to a resolution,” said Heatley. “It’s better for both sides. Now we can move on.”
The Sharks seem to be set with their club heading into the first day of camp on Sunday, but Wilson also has wiggle room if he sees a whole that needs to be filled.
“We’ve got the flexibility if we need to do more going forward,” said Wilson.