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Wild needs more goals from Heatley

The Minnesota Wild was counting on more goals from Dany Heatley when they traded for him last summer. Although his 13 goals leads the team, it's still far fewer than expected. He's on pace for the lowest goal total of his career, but head coach Mike Yeo says it's not all Heatley's fault.
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The Minnesota Wild was counting on more goals from Dany Heatley when they traded for him last summer. Although his 13 goals leads the team, it's still far fewer than expected. He's on pace for the lowest goal total of his career, but head coach Mike Yeo says it's not all Heatley's fault.

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