Thrashers must alter plan without Heatley

Atlanta was full of optimism before a car accident put their playoff hopes in jeopardy.

Originally Published: September 24, 2001
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

In the wake of the devastating car accident that left fourth-line center Dan Snyder in a coma and star Dany Heatley's future with the team uncertain, the Atlanta Thrashers face some of the most important questions in the team's short history.

With the timetable for Heatley's return from a broken jaw and an injured shoulder, knee, lung and kidney, uncertain at best and ominous at worst, the Thrashers have two choices in salvaging a season that began with tremendous optimism. Neither is particularly ...

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