Wild's Heatley Gets Some Work In: Dany Heatley (shoulder) skated alone Monday morning and was spotted shooting pucks, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. (Updated 4/30/13)
Shoulder - (Updated - 4/9/13)
The report notes that Dany Heatley -- who underwent shoulder surgery April 8 -- is expected to be out for the playoffs, but hints that the assessment could change if the Wild (who face the top-seeded Blackhawks in Round 1) advance deep into the postseason. (Updated 4/30/13).
05/10/2013 00:19 Blackhawks cruise to series win over Minnesota
Marian Hossa scored twice to back a strong effort by goalie Corey Crawford, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-1 Thursday night to win their first-round playoff series 4-1.
Dany Heatleys 53 points last season continued the trend of regression weve seen from him in recent years. His numbers understandably fell following the trade from San Jose -- he just didn't have the same caliber of players beside him. Hes never been the fleetest of foot on the ice, but he can still fire the puck and he should get plenty of opportunities to do that on the power play. It remains to be seen how he will gel with Zach Parise at even strength, but he could be a bounceback candidate if you believe in turnarounds. We're not holding our breath on that, but we don't mind being proven wrong. (Updated 8/14/12)