NHL Rumors: Will Minnesota Wild Replace Dany Heatley on Top Line?

By Stephanie Lewark
Scott Rovak – USA TODAY Sports

Even after the blockbuster signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter this off-season, the Minnesota Wild are still struggling. More recently, the Wild traded forwards Nick Palmieri and Darroll Powe to the New York Rangers in exchange for hard-nosed defenseman, Mike Rupp. Yet with all of this movement of the team and its star power, the Wild are currently eighth in the Western Conference which isn’t indicative of all the big changes that have been made.

This past Sunday, the Wild recalled prospect, Charlie Coyle, who made his NHL debut with the team on Monday against the Phoenix Coyotes. Once again the Wild lost and speculation is that there will once again be a shake-up of sorts. Coyle is to replace Dany Heatley on the top line to play alongside Parise and Mikko Koivu, while Heatley is to be bumped down to the second line with Matt Cullen and Pierre-Marc Bouchard.

If this doesn’t work, there’s little left to try for Minnesota, which typically means the head coach becomes the scapegoat and ends up taking the fall for the team. So after all is said and done, Mike Yeo may be looking for a new job shortly if things don’t start to shape up for Minnesota.

We’ll find out soon enough as the Wild’s next game is tonight at home against the Vancouver Canucks at 7 pm.

Stephanie Lewark is a featured Pittsburgh Penguins columnist for RantSports.com. If you enjoy her articles / posts, you can follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her personal Facebook page (via Networked Blogs), visit her personal Tumblr page, or stop by her Pinterest page.

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