San Jose Sharks: Why the Dany Heatley Deal Wasn’t So One-Sided

December 9th, 2009 by Andy Bensch Leave a reply »
For those Sharks fans out there that were big Milan Michalek fans, I have two things to say to you.

First, your worst fears appear to be coming true as Michalek is on pace for a 40+ goal season.

Secondly, if you want to blame anybody for Michalek wearing a new sweater this season, blame Jonathan Cheechoo.

If Cheechoo had produced at even half of his Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy winning numbers of 2005-06 in his last two seasons with the Sharks, a different trade for Dany Heatley may have been made.

That rumored deal of essentially Patrick Marleau straight up for Dany Heatley might not have been that bad of an idea when you look at the big picture.

Although Marleau is currently on pace to set a new high in goals for the second straight season and has 12 more points than his former teammate, there is one issue that should make Sharks fans think for a second before claiming that giving up Michalek was the better move.

Marleau is now 30 years old and Michalek just celebrated his 25th birthday two days ago.

Considering the age gap, Michalek has a good seven to eight years of the real core of his prime ...

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