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12-01-2011, 01:09 PM
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Obviously, in the long run, the Heatley trade will continue to look better for Ottawa. Michalek is a very good two-way player that is younger and has a lower cap hit than Heatley. Cheechoo ended up being a waste, but the 2nd rounder was a nice bonus.

That said, the Sharks still did very good in getting an top tier sniper for basically Michalek. Heatley also got ~40 goals for the Sharks his first year in Teal. As the OP mentioned, Danny's game has really started to decline. Besides his shot, he doesn't really do much to help a team on the ice. He can't create chances on his own with any consistency, and he's turning into a defensive liability. His once saving grace is that even if he doesn't get 30+ goals a year, he opens up space for his linemates because defenses still need to respect his shot and can't give him room.

Looking back on it from the Sharks perspective, Havlat has hit an offensive rut lately (could be due to offseason surgery, new system, and/or being placed on the 3rd line not as a demotion but to balance out the forward lines), but he could easily end up outscoring Heatley and being a better 3 zone player despite being only 2/3rds of the cap hit. They'd still probably rather have Havlat than Michalek. It'll be interesting to see who has more points at the end of the next two seasons. That said, the Sharks ended up trading Michalek, Cheechoo, and a 2nd for a guy they could potentially have just signed as a UFA. Ottawa wins the 3-team trade win you look at it from that perspective.

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