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Dany Heatley Now A Member Of The Anaheim Ducks

added 5:56pm, Ducks release is below...

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed left wing Dany Heatley to a one-year contract through the 2014-15 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Heatley, 33 (1/21/81), has recorded 372-419=791 points with a +41 rating in 863 career NHL games with Atlanta, Ottawa, San Jose and Minnesota. A two-time 50-goal scorer, Heatley has been named to the NHL All-Star Game four times, named a First Team All-Star in 2007, a Second Team All-Star in 2006 and winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie in 2002. Since his NHL debut in 2001-02, Heatley ranks second among NHL players in power-play goals (143), tied for fourth in game-winning goals (64) and fifth in goals (372).

Selected by Atlanta in the first round (second overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Heatley has also collected 16-47=63 points with 63 PIM in 77 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. He set postseason career highs in goals (7), assists (15) and points (22) in 2007 when he helped lead Ottawa to the Stanley Cup Final, won by Anaheim in five games. The 6-4, 220-pound winger returns to the Pacific Division where he compiled 65-81=146 points with a +22 rating and 110 PIM in 162 games with San Jose from 2009-11. In his two seasons with the Sharks, Heatley ranked second on the club in goals and assists, and third in scoring.

Born in Freiburg, Germany and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Heatley won gold with Team Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Heatley has also won gold with Canada at the 2003 and 2004 World Championships and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. In total, he has played in two Olympics, six World Championships, one World Cup and two World Junior Championships.
 

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What happened to Heatley?

Posted by neffernin on 07/09/14 at 06:53 PM ET

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What happened to Heatley?

Posted by neffernin on 07/09/14 at 06:53 PM ET

Truthfully?  He never was a particularly bright player in terms of thinking the game, and he relied so much on his body, muscle memory, etc.  As he’s aged, he’s never grown to get the vet savviness, and of course the rest of his body has slipped.  And everyone knows it.  So the drop off has been steep.

Wyshinski’s article on it was titled something like “Ducks Sign What’s Left of Dany Heatley” and that really does sum it up.  Hard to believe he scored 50 twice, over 40 twice, and 39 two other times.  He hasn’t scored 30 or more since 09-10, and last year he only put in 11 in 76 games.  He’s a liability now basically.

Now on top of that… There’s also the fact that he’s apparently a whiny, self-important malcontent everywhere he goes and never grounded himself after literally *killing* a teammate.

Posted by Primis on 07/09/14 at 07:27 PM ET

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Signing Heatley smacks of subtraction by addition.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 07/09/14 at 08:21 PM ET

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$1 million isn’t a lot of money to gamble in hockey terms, especially since Anaheim is well below the cap with a few younger RFAs left to sign.

Obviously as an Ottawa fan I wish Heatley nothing but ill and hope his career continues to skid off the rails, but it’s not difficult to see why this made sense for Anaheim.

At worst, he’s a cautionary example and one of their young guys gets to know he stole a roster spot from a former all star.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 07/10/14 at 08:54 AM ET

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