Heatley ready to score goals in Minnesota

Dany Heatley has been one of the NHL's top goal scorers since the 2002-2003 season. Now he is ready to shoulder the goal-scoring load in his first season with the Wild.
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Dany Heatley has been one of the NHL's top goal scorers since the 2002-2003 season. Now he is ready to shoulder the goal-scoring load in his first season with the Wild.

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