Posted by TheHockeyGuy on 1st December 2009
There was always a chance that the trade would flop. That it might stink on ice. People forget that.
On paper, when the Sharks dealt for Dany Heatley from Ottawa just before training camp opened, the move seemed to be a no-brainer. Heatley was one of the NHL’s great scorers. And he would be paired on the same line with Joe Thornton, the NHL’s best passing center. What could go wrong?
This morning, with the Sharks atop the league standings and Heatley on pace for a 60-goal season, it is easy to say that there were no worries about whether he and Thornton would mesh. But the fact is, in those first days after Heatley’s arrival, an anxiety factor did exist. Sharks coach Todd McLellan is honest about that.
“We had hoped it would work the way we wanted it to work,” he said Monday. “But there are no guarantees. You have an elite scorer and elite passer. But what if “…?”
Click here to read the full article – By Mark Purdy of San Jose Mercury News
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