Sharks deal Heatley, acquire Havlat from Wild

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Sharks deal Heatley, acquire Havlat from Wild

July 3, 2011

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RATTO: Heatley never moved Sharks closer to Cup

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The Sharks traded forward Dany Heatley to Minnesota Sunday night in exchange for right wing Martin Havlat.

Marty is a player that we have had an interest in for a long time, Sharks vice president and general manager Doug Wilson said via press release. He can play either wing and brings creativity and breakaway speed to our group of top-six forwards. We are excited about the versatility he adds to our lineup.

Heatley had three more years left on his contract at 7.5 million per. Havlat is signed for four more years at 5 million annually.

The trade Sunday is the second offseason deal between the teams. San Jose acquired All-Star defenseman Brent Burns from Minnesota in June for a package topped by Devin Setoguchi.

RELATED: Dany Heatley stats splits game logs

Heatley spent two seasons with San Jose. In 162 games he posted 146 points (65 goals, 81 assists). But Heatley scored just 26 goals last season, the second-lowest total of his career, equal to his rookie season. Over the past two playoff campaigns (32 games) he scored just five goals.

In 669 career NHL games, the 30-year-old has scored 325 goals and chipped in 364 assists. His 26 goals last season tied for the second lowest single-season total of his career, equaling his rookie total in 2001-02 and better than only his 13 goals from 2003-04, in which he played only 31 games.

Havlat, 30, posted 62 points (22 goals, 40 assists) in 78 regular season games, which tied for the team lead in Minnesota. He also tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (4) and led the team in shots (229).

RELATED: Havlat career stats splits game logs

The 10-year veteran has 49 points (19 goals, 30 assists) in 67 career Stanley Cup playoff games, including 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists) in his last 26 postseason contests.

"For a hockey player, if your season ends April 10, it's kind of an empty feeling, an unsuccessful season for sure," Havlat said. "When the real season starts, you're sitting at home watching the best hockey on TV. I enjoy playing the playoffs. That's why I play hockey, to have that chance."

The former NHL All-Star (2007) represented the Czech Republic at the Olympics (2010), the World Cup (2005), the World Championships (2004, 2000) and the World Junior Championship (2000).
RATTO: Sharks say goodbye to Setoguchi, hello to Burns

When players that we have targeted become available, you need to be able to react quickly and you also have to pay a price in order to acquire them, Wilson said. When we made the Brent Burns trade, we knew we still needed to address our speed up front and we think the acquisition of Marty does that. "

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Giants Notes: Span feeling better, hopes to return to lineup Wednesday

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Giants Notes: Span feeling better, hopes to return to lineup Wednesday

CHICAGO -- Joe Panik's leadoff homer in the series opener was a jolt, but the Giants are a much more dangerous offense when Denard Span is clicking atop the lineup, a spot ahead of Panik, and they hope to have that duo going Wednesday. Span got treatment all day Tuesday and said he could return to the lineup against Kyle Hendricks. 

"The swelling has gone down," Span said of his sprained left thumb. "The thing to do is to come in tomorrow, test it out, and if it feels good, you strap it on."

Span said an X-ray came back clean, but he didn't grab a bat Tuesday to test the thumb, focusing instead on treatment. He is batting .326 in nine games since coming off the DL. His replacement in center this week, Gorkys Hernandez, was 0-for-3 against Jon Lester, lowering his average to .160. 

--- The main story from the second game of this series: Johnny Cueto is now dealing with a second blister, and you can see the lack of movement on his pitches. The Cubs took advantage. Lester didn't need much help while throwing a 99-pitch complete game in two hours and five minutes. 

"He threw a lot more changeups than we've seen in the past," Buster Posey said. "He's shown it in the past but tonight he had good command of it. It wasn't just a show-me pitch. He used it a lot and threw it to lefties as well.

Posey twice grounded short rollers in front of the plate.

--- Posey's throw to nab Javy Baez on Monday was one of the best of the year, and on Tuesday afternoon, Bruce Bochy said, "If he's given a chance, I don't think there's anyone better in the game." That might be true, but Willson Contreras is threatening to get into the conversation. He threw an 85 mph rocket to second in the fifth to nab Eduardo Nuñez. If you're wondering how Lester -- who flat-out has the yips about throwing to first base and doesn't do it -- has allowed just six stolen bases this season, look no further than his young catcher. Long-term, Contreras is the guy I would expect to compete with Posey for Gold Gloves. 

"Nuney, with his speed, can go," Bochy said. "Their catcher made a great throw. Put it right on the money."

--- From before Tuesday's game, what do the relievers think of the new hidden bullpen at Wrigley? And if you missed the Power Rankings the other day, the records are outdated, but there are updates in here on old friends Matt Duffy, Chris Heston, Tommy Joseph, Adalberto Mejia, Yusmeiro Petit and others. Petit in particular is incredible ... just keeps doing his thing. 

--- This play was made by the shortstop. That's good for the old UZR.

Report: Warriors assistant GM on verge of becoming Hawks GM

Report: Warriors assistant GM on verge of becoming Hawks GM

The Warriors are reportedly about to lose a member of their front office.

The Hawks picked Golden State assistant GM Travis Schlenk to become the team's new general manager, and the two sides are discussing contract terms, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Last September, after five seasons as assistant GM, Schlenk was promoted to vice president of basketball operations/assistant general manager.

In his 13th season with the Warriors, Schlenk assists in the management of all day-to-day basketball operations, including all player-related matters.

In 2009-10 and 2010-11, he served as Golden State's director of player personnel. Before joining the front office, Schlenk spent five years as an assistant coach and video scout for the Warriors, having originally joined the organization prior to the 2004-05 season as a video scout.

More to come...

Golden State Warriors media services contributed to this story