Minnesota Wild Move Stuggling Dany Heatley to Second Line
Days after the Minnesota Wild sent Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri to the New York Rangers for Mike Rupp, another player shake up for the struggling hockey team the day before they take on the first-place Vancouver Canucks in St. Paul.
Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has reported that the Wild have broken up their heralded first line of Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise, and Dany Heatley. Rookie Charlie Coyle, who made his debut in the 2-1 loss to Phoenix Monday night, will take Heatley's spot alongside Parise and Koivu.
Heatley, a former 50-goal scorer with the Ottawa Senators, has four goals and two assists in nine games this season but has no points in his last three games and only eight shots in his last six. Heatley joins Matt Cullen and Pierre-Marc Bouchard on the second line.
Kyle Brodziak and Cal Clutterbuck remain on the third line while Devin Seoguchi and Mikael Granlund compete for the third spot.
Torrey Mitchell and Zenon Konopka make up the fourth line along with Mike Rupp, who will likely make his Wild debut against the Canucks tomorrow night.
Head coach Mike Yeo made the Healtey switch in an attempt to jump start a team that is ranked 23rd in goals scored (21) and finished deal last in scoring last season. In addition to that, the 4-4-1 Wild have lost their last nine regulation road games dating back to last season, and haven't won in regulation on the road since February 2, 2012.