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12-02-2009, 08:57 PM
Cheechoo and Chong
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Originally Posted by bigwillie View Post
I'm still convinced that acquiring Heatley will ultimately prove to be a major mistake, but I think DW did an incredible job rebuilding the bottom six this offseason. Nichol, Ortmeyer, and Malhotra are the kind of heart and soul players that can provide a ton of spark in the postseason, and the development of McLaren, Staubitz, and especially McGinn have given this team much needed depth.

Goc, Plihal, etc. were all soulless plugs who were decent enough at playing competent defensive hockey, but provided little offensive or emotional benefits.
I definitely agree with your second point, but I'm not sure how Michalek + Cheechoo for Heatley is a "major mistake". Both of those guys didn't do much for us in the last playoffs, and while I'd love to still have them, I believe Heatley's presence alone makes up for the loss of talent. Even if Heatley isn't scoring (he's currently 8th in scoring, BTW), he provides opportunities for other guys to score because he demands attention from the other team. If Heatley can make that kind of a difference in the playoffs (admittedly, a big "if") then the Sharks will have benefited from the trade.

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