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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.

Dany Heatley RW FLA 3 Months

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.

Dany Heatley RW FLA 4 Months

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.

Dany Heatley RW FLA 4 Months

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.

Dany Heatley RW FLA 4 Months

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.

Dany Heatley RW FLA 4 Months

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.

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Heatley (groin) continues to make progress while skating, but is expected to miss the Ducks' two weekend contests against the Wild and Blues, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

Even though the Ducks still haven't settled on a top-line left wing since Heatley acquired the groin injury, the team is of no mind to rush him back and potential worsen the ailment. With Patrick Maroon joining Heatley on injured reserve Wednesday, it appears Matt Beleskey and Emerson Etem are the top candidates to skate on the Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry line.

Dany Heatley RW FLA 5 Months

Heatley (groin) resumed skating in Anaheim on Sunday but is unlikely for the team's home opener against Minnesota on Friday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

Heatley was placed on IR on Tuesday but his timetable was unclear. The fact that he is skating is a good sign and an indication he is closing in on a return, but coach Bruce Boudreau expressed a return date later than Friday.

Dany Heatley RW FLA 5 Months

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.