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Heatley (groin) will be placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

Heatley hasn't skated since suffering the groin injury last week and can probably safely be ruled out for the Ducks' first two contests. The veteran winger was expected to open the season on the top line next to Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry to start the season, but the Ducks will have to table that plan temporarily while he remains out of commission. Matt Beleskey or Patrick Maroon could receive the appointment to the top line in the interim.

Dany Heatley RW ANA 2 Months

Anaheim's top offseason acquisition, Heatley (groin) remains sidelined and has yet to resume skating, the Orange County Register reports.

Heatley was penciled in on the top line with Captain Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, but now someone else gets to play with the dynamic duo. And who that will be, who knows. Coach Bruce Boudreau has a lot of options with the depth at his disposal. Patrick Maroon would likely get the first shot, although that is speculation, as we are just going by how well he played with the two superstars last season, especially in the post-season. He will travel with the team to start the season, but muscle strains are tricky. Have other options available for those that drafted the previous 50 goal scorer.

Dany Heatley RW ANA 2 Months

Heatley suffered a groin injury during Sunday's preseason contest and will be out for a minimum of one week, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

The injury puts Heatley's availability for the Oct. 9 regular season opener against the Penguins in serious jeopardy, but perhaps more significantly, it could end coach Bruce Boudreau's experiment with Heatley on the top line next to Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. With Heatley unable to practice Monday, Patrick Maroon occupied the top left wing spot, and would likely do so for as long as Heatley remains sidelined.

Dany Heatley RW ANA 2 Months

Heatley had the opening tally and eventual game winner in the Ducks 4-0 victory over the Avalanche in his first pre-season game with his new team.

Heatley has been skating with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on the team's top unit. If he starts the season alongside these top fantasy performers he may have some deep league value.

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Ryan Dadoun of Pro Hockey Talk notes that Coach Boudreau "thinks Heatley can be a better fit with Captain Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on the top line this season than Dustin Penner was, a season ago.

Both veterans, Heatley and Penner were brought in by the Ducks as experiments, Penner prior to last season and Heatley this offseason. Boudreau spoke of how dangerous Heatley has been every time they play him and that he thinks they can pair him with the dynamic duo of Getzlaf and Perry and hopefully will get production. If Heatley gets the first crack at playing alongside these two top 10 fantasy draft picks, his fantasy value has just skyrocketed. We will see how the experiment works and monitor during the pre-season. The Ducks have many options to play with their stars, but Heatley has done it before (50 goal seasons twice), but has been on a steady decline since the 2006-07 campaign. Stay tuned as this may be an interesting late value pick in your drafts.

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Dany Heatley sees the move to Anaheim as a chance for him to bounce back.

"I feel like I was kind of in a tough spot in Minnesota," Heatley said. "I feel like I have a lot to give and want to prove a lot of people wrong. I'm very happy that Anaheim has given me that chance." Part of the reason we don't like Heatley's chances of bouncing back in any meaningful way is because he's been on a steady decline for years. This wasn't just a matter of one rough season and it didn't start with his move to Minnesota. You can't fault the Ducks for giving Heatley a chance when the cost was just a one-year, $1 million deal, but there's a reason why he had to settle for that amount in the first place.

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Dany Heatley has agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

The chances of Heatley bouncing back to the point where he's a serviceable top-six forward aren't great, but we can't fault the Ducks for taking a chance on him at that price. Heatley had 12 goals and 28 points in 76 contests in 2013-14.

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Dany Heatley might end up with the Anaheim Ducks.

There's apparently mutual interest between the two parties. Heatley declined to the point where he scored just 12 goals and 28 points in 76 games last season and we aren't optimistic about his chances of rebounding. Still, if the Ducks or another team can get him to agree to a cheap, one-year deal then he would be worth the risk.

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Dany Heatley is still in search of a suitor for next season, as the unrestricted free agent looks for a relevant role with an NHL club after failing to live up to his big-money contract.

The two-time 50-goal scorer has not been a top-six forward for a while now, despite the $7.5 million he's been earning on average for the past six years. But the 33 year-old could be an asset if he takes on a different role and accepts a lot less money for the upcoming NHL season. A healthy scratch in the final days of the regular season, Heatley notched six points in 11 playoff games and might be worth a short term, sub-$2 million risk.

Dany Heatley RW ANA 5 Months

It is very unlikely that Dany Heatley, Mike Rupp or Nathan Prosser will be playing for Minnesota next season.

All three are unrestricted free agents and the Wild seem disinterested in re-signing them. The Wild do have interest in re-signing Clayton Stoner and Cody McCormick, however. Stay tuned as the free agent season will soon be upon us.