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OFFICIAL: San Jose Sharks Acquire Dany Heatley, Cheechoo And Michalek Sent To Ottawa

San Jose SharksThe San Jose Sharks DID manage to acquire Dany Heatley from the Ottawa Senators, but they did it without the help of a third team AND kept Patrick Marleau in town for at least one more run at The Cup.

From the Sharks’ web site: “San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced Saturday that the team has acquired left wing Dany Heatley and a fifth round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for right wing Jonathan Cheechoo, left wing Milan Michalek and San Jose’s second round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.”

I have mixed feelings about all this. On the up side I’m glad we managed to keep Marleau, his numbers last year were right up there with the best of them, and keeping him around for another try at The Cup seems like the right thing to do. Although a fan favorite, clearing the books of Cheechoo’s $3M year is a blessing - his 12 goals last year did not justify his salary, and the rumor that he showed up overweight and out of shape doesn’t help his cause. On the down side, Heatley is now the highest paid Shark and over the next three seasons, you have a tremendous amount of cap money tied up in Heatley, Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle. Sharks fans, you’re looking at the core of our team for the foreseeable future. After this season, Devin Setoguchi and Joe Pavelski will need new new contracts, and Marleau and Evgeni Nabokov will become unrestricted free agents. How Doug Wilson navigates that remains to be seen. Maybe Wilson has decided to stop thinking about making several runs at The Cup and focus on just winning that first one - the future of the franchise be damned.

Interestingly enough, after FC Sharks Fan reported people getting their season tickets and noticing that Marleau was mysteriously missing from the design - I just checked my meager 10-pack and noticed that yes, Marleau is missing, but so is Cheechoo and Michalek…

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4 comments for “OFFICIAL: San Jose Sharks Acquire Dany Heatley, Cheechoo And Michalek Sent To Ottawa”

  1. I guess I got my wish. We get Heatley and we keep Marleau.

    I would think the projected lines would be:

    Heatley-Thornton-Setoguchi
    Marleau-Pavelski-Clowe
    McGinn-Mitchell-Armstrong/Vese
    Shelly-Nichol-Staubitz

    Great reporting Sharksfan

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | September 12, 2009, 2:06 pm
  2. wow, what a move. I will be interested to see how this plays out for the Sharks.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | September 12, 2009, 7:21 pm
  3. Now the Sharks will be even harder to beat they will probably win the western conference again. I would like to see us deal you Kevin Beieksa for Patrick Marleau. What do you think?

    Posted by CanuckulheadNo Gravatar | September 15, 2009, 10:11 am
  4. I think the Sharks are done trading, we’re getting thin of players with ACTUAL NHL experience, we’ve had an exodus of Grier, Roekick, Lukowich, Ehrhoff, Michalek, Cheechoo and only brought in Nichols & Heatley.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | September 15, 2009, 10:58 am

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