Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/4/14

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Dany Heatley #15 of the San Jose Sharks congratulates goaltender teammate Evgeni Nabokov #20 after the Sharks defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in their NHL game at the Honda Center on November 21, 2009 in Anaheim, California. The Sharks defeated the Ducks 3-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
ST. PAUL, Minn. Three Minnesota Wild players have undergone minor surgeries since the end of the season. Leading scorer Dany Heatley had minor arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday. As expected, goaltender Niklas Backstrom had ankle surgery last week. Devin Setoguchi also underwent a minor procedure on his ankle last week. None of the three are expected to miss any work later this offseason. In his first season in Minnesota after being acquired last offseason from the San Jose Sharks in an offseason trade, Heatley played in all 82 games and scored a team-high 24 goals and added 29 assists. It was Heatley's second straight season with less than 30 goals after topping the mark in six of the prior seven seasons, including two 50-goal campaigns. In his season-ending press conference, Wild head coach Mike Yeo said it was fair to call Heatley the team's MVP and noted the drop in production partly had to do with center Mikko Koivu missing 27 games. "As far as Heater goes, you hear a lot...
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