(Eds: With AP Photos.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer Dany Heatley's days as a 50-goal scorer are probably gone. The lanky right wing still has a significant presence with the Minnesota Wild.
The 32-year-old Heatley hasn't produced with the Wild nearly the way he once did for Atlanta, Ottawa and San Jose, but his value was never more obvious than last April after he got hurt. The Wild went 5-6-1 in their last 12 regular season games without him, barely making the playoffs, before losing four of five to Chicago in the first round.
Over those 17 games, the Wild scored only five power-play goals in 42 opportunities.
''We really missed him,'' left wing Zach Parise said. ''He's one of the better ones in the league who can score from five or six feet out. So he looks good. He's moving well out there, and I think that he's going to play a big role on our team.''
Heatley needed surgery on a torn labrum in his left shoulder after a collision with a Sharks defenseman on April 3. But th...