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Heatley (groin) was activated from injured reserve Tuesday.

Heatley is considered ready to play after taking part in a conditioning stint at AHL Norfolk over the past several days, but there's no guarantee he'll slot back into the Anaheim lineup right away. The Ducks are riding a seven-game winning streak and have gotten strong production from their top three lines, which may make coach Bruce Boudreau reluctant to break up that continuing by reinserting Heatley.

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Heatley (groin) rejoined the Ducks on Monday after completing his rehab assignment at AHL Norfolk, but has yet to be formally activated from injured reserve, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

Heatley appears to be healthy right now, but with no opening currently existing in the Ducks' lineup, it appears the forward will simply continue practicing with the team until further notice. The veteran once looked like he could ascend to a top-line role with the Ducks during training camp, but the groin injury that ultimately required surgery ultimately quashed those hopes. He'll likely have to settle for a third-line role once he eventually does get activated from IR.

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Heatley (groin) was sent to AHL Norfolk on Thursday on a long-term conditioning loan, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

The Ducks revealed Wednesday that Heatley underwent surgery last month to correct a persistent groin issue, and with the veteran forward now recovered from the procedure, he'll test things out in the minors. Heatley is expected to play for Norfolk in their games Friday and Saturday, after which he could be cleared to meet the Ducks in Toronto before the weekend concludes. He's been limited to just four games with the Ducks this season, after inking a one-year, $1 million deal over the summer.

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Heatley (groin) reportedly underwent surgery last month, but is now close to returning to the lineup, Elliott Teaford of the Los Angeles News Group reports.

Heatley missed an extended period at the beginning of the season due to the groin injury, returning for a short stint but being a healthy scratch for all but two games. He was placed on injured reserve Nov. 14 with the groin injury that could have contributed to his poor performance. Heatley appears to be closing in on a return, but it remains to be seen whether he will become a consistent contributor for the Ducks moving forward.

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Heatley (groin) participated in Monday's practice, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

Heatley has missed nearly an entire month while recovering from a groin setback that cost him nearly all of October. It once appeared that he would have a chance to step into a top-line role alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, but those hopes may have fallen by the wayside with Matt Beleskey since taking advantage of the opportunity.

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Heatley was place on injured reserve Friday with a groin injury, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

Heatley skated with the team Friday, but apparently is dealing with a groin issue of some sort. He had been in-and-out of the lineup this season, but now he will leave the team with 12 forwards, likely prompting them to make a move.

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Heatley will likely be scratched for the second straight game Sunday, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Heatley has appeared in just two regular season games for the Ducks this season, but has failed to record a point and has a minus-two rating. The veteran looks to be falling out of favor with the Ducks after coming into the season with a chance to be on the top line.

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Heatley (groin) has continued to make progress over the first few weeks of the season and is expected to skate alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry when the Ducks face off with the Blackhawks Tuesday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

The Ducks big offseason acquisition has yet to appear in a regular season game, but Heatley, a two time 50 goal scorer is in line to make his debut in black and orange in Chicago Tuesday night. He has been skating on the top line in practice and also did so in the preseason and it seems he will get his shot at playing with two of the best in the game (Getzlaf and Perry). Heatley's value all depends on where he plays, so we will keep an eye on his shifts. The Ducks square off with the Hawks in Chi-town Tuesday, followed by trips to St. Louis, Dallas and Colorado this week, so Heatley will be playing the class of the West to begin his Ducks' career. It is time to activate him if you took a late flier on him.

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Heatley (groin) practiced with the team Monday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

Heatley hasn't played a game yet this season, but was skating alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on the team's top line Monday, so he looks likely to be in the lineup Tuesday against the Blackhawks.

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Heatley (groin) took part in a full practice Thursday, but isn't sure when he might receive clearance to start playing in games, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

Heatley noted that while his condition is improving, he's still moving "a little slower" than he anticipated. He'll probably need a few practices to get back up to full speed. As a result, it might be safe to rule him out of Friday's game against the Columbus, but it's possible that he could return later in the weekend against the Sharks.