Former 50-goal scorer Dany Heatley is heading back to California, signing a one-year, $1 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks.Heatley becomes the latest veteran to take a short-term, low value contract, after Brad Richards signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on July 1.
Anaheim will be Dany Heatley’s fifth NHL team, having the last three seasons with the Minnesota Wild, with stops in Atlanta, Ottawa, and San Jose, as well.
Once one of the most feared scorers in the NHL, Dany Heatley has seen his production drop in each of the last four seasons. Last season, Heatley managed just 28 points in 76 games, the lowest point-per-game total of his career.
It’s possible the six-year, $45 million contract he signed in Ottawa (before demanding a trade one season in) got the best of him as he didn’t live up to the contract.
Now 33 years old, Dany Heatley is a reclamation project for Bob Murray, Bruce Boudreau and the Ducks. He brings more veteran experience to a team with youngsters like Devante Smith-Pelly, Emerson Etem, Rickard Rakell, and Jakob Silfverberg, among others.No longer does Heatley have the lofty expectations he had with the big contract, and he doesn’t have to be the leading scorer to make a positive contribution.
At six-foot-four, 221 pounds, Dany Heatley is another big body for the Ducks. They now have six forwards on the roster who are six-foot-two and taller, and five forwards weighing 220 pounds or more.
If Dany Heatley can get his game back on track in Anaheim, the Ducks will be an even bigger threat in the Western Conference next season.
It’s a smart move by Bob Murray. Who wouldn’t take a chance on a two-time 50-goal scorer, especially at that price?