That trade has likely been delayed, considering Tallinder was placed on IR today. But it's no secret that Heatley's been frustrated ever since he was pulled from the Minnesota Wild's top-line back in February.
Heatley's numbers speak for themselves: 357 goals, 755 points in only 775 NHL games. Six times Heatley has played all 82 games in a season-- he also has made up formidable lines in San Jose and Ottawa.
Heatley is also signed through next year, which makes him more than a rental. He's evidently worn out his welcome in Minnesota, plus his cap number is $7.5 million, which means he could be had for less than other non-rental players. He's a gamer, who has played with a variety of injuries in the postseason over the years.
Plus, look at his playoff numbers.
Fifty-seven points in 65 career postseason games? On a line with Ilya Kovalchuk?! Sign me up for that.
That's the upside.
The down side is, Heatley is notoriously sulk-ish. He feuds with everyone-- which is the real reason he's on the trade block to begin with. He was happiest in San Jose, yet he didn't perform enough in the playoffs to warrant his contract.
This would be the third place out of four that Heatley's forced his way out of. He pushed a trade from Atlanta-- OK, we can see that. He battled with Cory Clouston in Ottawa, and now he's reportedly upset with Mike Yeo. What if Pete DeBoer gets on Heatley's back-checking this year-- or even next-- and Heatley decides he doesn't want to play in New Jersey anymore?
If Heatley's available, it seems like the Devils need to listen. But what say ye, Devils fans? Should the Devils pursue Heater?