Heatley keeps searching to regain lost scoring touch

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 15, 2013 - 12:53 AM

DENVER – There’s no denying the Wild’s Dany Heatley is struggling.

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nshockeyDec. 14, 1310:53 PM

Too bad Heatley hasn't been able to put it together so far. Sometimes it seems like he skates pretty good and is good on the puck - other times he's not. Makes me wonder if there is a chronic physical issue. You can still see his talent so hopefully he can get his game going. Like some of the young players, the moving from line to line probably doesn't help.

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cntrygntlmnDec. 14, 1311:21 PM

God forbid Yeo shows even a smidgen of emotion on the bench against San Jose instead of standing there with his hands in his pockets all game. Then very classy whining about the officiating.

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mjk121882Dec. 14, 1311:25 PM

I couldn't disagree any more about the previous user comment on Heatley. I find him to be extremely poor on his skates at just about all times on the ice, and he is ridiculously weak on the puck at every point within the last year. Heatley has turned into a clomper skater, and rarely shows the desire to go after or keep a puck. His few goals that he has scored has either come off of his shot (which I still believe is good) or from the hard work caused by Parise/Koivu. I don't know what somebody would see to say that he skates well, that is obviously his glaring weakness, the man does not hustle.

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Oglethorpe2Dec. 14, 1311:51 PM

Heatley has never been much of a skater, but always had great hands and a quick shot. Not sure if the shoulder surgery has hampered him, but he seems to be rushing and fumbles the puck constantly. His skating is painful to watch. He should invest some time and money with the woman who works with Parise on his skating.

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lindy_frank123Dec. 15, 1312:18 AM

his career is over...and why they play him and not scratch him is beyond me...reward players for their efforts not for their salaries!

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klayton6Dec. 15, 13 1:42 AM

The coach you are talking about is Diane Ness. She is one of the best coaches in the world for skating instruction. Unfortunately, I don't think she can turn back time and help out Heatley. He has never been a great skater and admittedly didn't work on it much in the offseason to become a better skater. Father time catches up to everyone. Andrew Brunette wasn't a great skater but was very strong on the puck and competed very hard. Heatley is weak on the puck and his compete level is low. Heatley is done after this season. I don't see many offers coming his way. If Heatley was a horse he would be put out to pastor.

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nshockeyDec. 15, 13 7:41 AM

Agreed Heatley has never been a great skater and he has said as much. When the season started Russo (I think it was him) stated that Heatley had worked with a skating coach. Heatley must have know this would be an issue for him this year. My earlier comment about his skating "good" at times referred to his overall play and that sometimes he seems to be a little quicker and stronger on his skates than others (for him). Maybe its lack of hustle/desire maybe not. Only he knows. Do agree that this will be Heatley's last season with the team and for his sake and the Wild I hope he can make it a better one in the second half. So best of luck to him.

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reader8Dec. 15, 13 9:40 AM

Season is nearly half over and Yeo still tries as hard as he can to find something good about Heatley. Sorry, this is a waste of time. He did not work in the off-season and is not smart enough to be an asset to this team. It is too bad his injury last year made him "untouchable", otherwise we still would have Cullen; and been a MUCH BETTER hockey team.

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ml1snyderDec. 15, 1311:11 AM

Maybe Dany can find his game in the press box! It'll be on the floor next to the trampled popcorn.

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skeptikDec. 15, 13 4:30 PM

On a much lighter note than the Heater bashing...I am ecstatic over the news that the Wild are removing that dark and nasty old scoreboard from their arena and replacing it with something that might actually show a replay clearly enough to make out what is going on. Also, PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE take out the OVERLY HUGE excel lettering that currently shares space up on the scoreboard. That lettering is a pointless waste of space.

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