Yeah it's a no brainer. When Heatley was playing at his best and looking like he would score 30 he was with Koivu and Glat, and also on the PP. Heatley's entire career has been about getting someone to pass to him on that right side, OR have enough players that can get the puck to the net and he picks up garbage.
One last thing, remember Heatley was moved from 1st to 2nd line on SJ and to the 2nd PP unit too in that last season with them. Let the guy be healthy and play with healthy players one the 1st line and 1st PP unit and it's def not unthinkable to see 35-40 goals from him again. The guy STILL has one of the best shots in the game today. It's a matter of getting him the puck while he has space.
Given how great a teammate he is and how intrumental he was in getting Parise/Suter here off the ice he is more golden then i ever thought! On it, I think he'll bounce back very well this year and at least get 30 goals playing mostly with Koivu and Parise, but he also offers verstality so if he works better with Granlund that works too.
Sorry but he doesn't use his body the way he could, but that isn't his game. I don't know what you are talking about destroying fast guys. Heatley doesn't hit ever. You would think a guy that 6'4'' 225 IIRC would throw his weight around a bit more. He isn't soft but by no means is he a physical player
Ya know, I keep hearing comments, blogs, and mediots saying how "he's on the downside of his career, he's done, he's got nothing left, blahblahbleeblooblah" but the guy's only 31 and only 2 seasons removed from an 82 pt year. Now that he's healthy, 30g's should be well within reach. Plenty of guys have great years in their 30s. Heater's still got plenty of fuel in the tank.