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San Jose Sharks acquire Martin Havlat, trade Dany Heatley

[Update]: Story posted here. Stunning news late in the day here. A few takeaways to start off the discussion: *At face value, I don't think it's out of the question to say that this is a big risk for San Jose. Heatley was coming off a down year offensively but did score 39 goals in his first season with San Jose. Havlat's career high was 31 with Ottawa during the 03-04 campaign. *There is no doubt the Wild are getting the best player in this deal. Nothing against Havlat, who is a fine goal scorer and has some nice wheels, but Heatley is the superior forward by a fairly wide margin. *With Devin Setoguchi leaving to the Wild, San Jose lost speed up front. Havlat brings that ability to the Sharks top six. *Martin Havlat's contract has four years remaining on it at $5.0 MM per year. The Sharks save $2.5 MM in this transaction. *With the amount of cap space they already had coming into today, there are really only two options that make sense: a) another big move is coming or b) the Sharks are working on an internal budget and needed to clear that space in order to make a mid-range acquisition. *Thornton, Boyle, Heatley (when he was acquired from OTT), and Burns were clear wins the moment they broke in terms of San Jose getting the best player in a trade. This is not a clear win. *Hold on to your butts because this offseason just got a whole lot more interesting.
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