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Ducks sign Heatley: one year, $1 million

Jul 9, 2014, 5:49 PM EDT

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Dany Heatley is on his way to Anaheim.

The former All-Star winger has agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal with the Ducks, per TSN. The deal is a pretty significant pay decreased for the 33-year-old, who just wrapped the last of a seven-year, $45 million deal — a $7.5m cap hit — and was allowed to hit free agency after the Wild showed no interest in bringing him back for a fourth season in Minnesota.

The book on Heatley in Minnesota was well-known. A lightning rod for criticism given his hefty paycheque and lack of output, he was subjected to numerous buyout rumors (only to be spared by a shoulder injury) and the longer his tenure in Minnesota went, the more questions were asked about his declining foot speed and ability to keep up at the NHL level.

That said, Wild GM Chuck Fletcher was full of praise for Heatley upon letting him go, telling the Pioneer Press the veteran winger was a “consummate professional” for the club.

Though he’s no longer an elite sniper — Heatley had back-to-back 50-goal campaigns with Ottawa in 2005-06 and ’06-07 — it’ll be interesting to see if he can recapture any of his old goalscoring prowess with the Ducks. Heatley had just 12 goals in 76 games for the Wild last year, got demoted to the fourth line on occasion and finished with a minus-18 rating… but Anaheim is pretty loaded at center right now with Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler and talented youngster Rickard Rakell.


  1. lordfletcher - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Never saw this coming…

    Heatley getting another contract and with a team like the Ducks.

    Best of luck Heater, you were great in Sota’

  2. chauncey18 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    LOW RISK, potential high reward or just a cheap healthy scratch. Thats all I got.

    -Good job Mr Murray

  3. blynasty - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    These are the type of moves that should win someone GM of the Year. To talk a player like Heatley into signing for a million dollars is some kind of Jedi mind trick.

    • skr213 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      uhhhh yeah. I’m sure other offers for more $$ were just *rolling* in.

  4. wutangwild - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Hollywood Heatley has a nice ring to it, and that twitter account is worth half a million alone. From all accounts I heard, he was a great guy in the locker room and very beneficial to the youngins. He didn’t whine when he got benched and made some key plays near the end of that Avs series, including the beautiful pass to set up the game 7 winning goal (can still hear that PING). Best of luck Heater! Thanks for the clap bombs

    • alfredosauce19 - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      guess what bud Anaheim is not Hollywood

      • wutangwild - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:27 PM

        Ya I know guy, but it rolls off the tongue a little better than Anaheim Heatley don’t ya think?

  5. greej1938l - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Great???great in sota? Far from great…but certainly enjoyed having him with the wild

    • lordfletcher - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      Great for what I / most were expecting out of him. Did you think he was going to be putting up 50 G?????????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      He was a great teammate and overall he was great for the team with low expectations. Was he a %ucking ALL-STAR ???? no.

  6. thatguytml92 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Tampa bay and Anaheim for the cup?

  7. schusters3 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Cup belongs to LA until someone takes it. Could be nice pickup or nothing…million bucks is just nothing today…

    • avscup - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      When was the last back to back SC Champ. Cup belongs to whomever wins it next year. Most likely not LA. Sorry if the truth hurts.

      BTW, 97-98 Wings!

      • dbreslow56 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:43 PM

        2 Stanley Cups in 3 years, bud. When’s the last time that happened, my friend? It’s been a really long time. Not the Ducks, that’s for sure. Don’t try and minimize an accomplishment no team has come close to in how many years?? Hawks haven’t done it. Bruins haven’t done it. Pens haven’t done it. Ducks haven’t done it. Who has, except the Wings?

      • avscup - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        I’m not minimizing anything! The Kings are the Reighning King. They were my pick and the team I cheered for after my team was eliminated. Well done!

        I simply pointed out how difficult it is to pull off back to backs in this era.

        The last true dynasty was Edmonton with victories in 84, 85, 87, 88, 90.

        Sorry, won’t happen again.

      • drewsays14 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        dbreslow56 – Penguins have done it buddy. 1990-1992 back-to-back champs led by Mario.

  8. storminator16 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Murderer got another contract. Plan the parade.

    • kingsfan93 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      Storminator16 screw you.

      • storminator16 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        Only if you look like Salma Hayek. If not, good day to you, madame.

    • wutangwild - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      Per Wikipedia : “He pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular homicide, driving too fast for conditions, failure to maintain a lane, and speeding. He was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to give 150 speeches on the dangers of speeding, and pay $25,000 to Fulton County for the cost of investigating the crash.[6] The lighter sentence was due in part to Snyder’s parents forgiving Heatley for the accident, their desire that he not be sent to prison, and the judge’s opinion that Heatley being in prison would not benefit the community.”

      Was it dumb? Yes. But he paid the price the judicial system sought fit and has to live with being responsible for killing his friend for the rest of his life. Sorry for the essay.

      • dbreslow56 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:49 PM

        Heatley hasn’t been the same since. What he did was wrong. However, Heatley accepted responsibility, which is something most people don’t do these days. He stepped up and took his medicine like a man.

      • wutangwild - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:49 AM

        Well I don’t know his off ice emotions, but he went on to have (as we all know) 50 goal seasons back to back a few years after the accident. But I agree, he stepped up and plead guilty, obviously talked to to the deceased’s parents, which is worthy of some merit. Can’t find that in the other three major US sports, i’ll tell ya that much

    • dbreslow56 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      2 Stanley Cups in 3 years, bud. When’s the last time that happened, my friend? It’s been a really long time. Not the Ducks, that’s for sure. Don’t try and minimize an accomplishment no team has come close to in how many years?? Hawks haven’t done it. Bruins haven’t done it. Pens haven’t done it. Ducks haven’t done it. Who has, except the Wings?

    • dbreslow56 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      That’s pretty rough, dude!

    • guitarhunterdude - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:46 AM

      That’s “Vehicular Homicide-er” to you, bub.

    • storminator16 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      Some of you people are easy marks.

      Still, I’m not the one that irresponsibly killed a guy.

      He won’t make it out of training camp.

  9. mjasper24 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:50 PM


  10. skoivu10 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    As a Ducks fan, I was really upset when I heard we wanted Heatley. Since we only paid a million for him, I’m okay with it. We paid more than that to a few useless players we had on our roster this year. I doubt he’ll get above 25 goals with Anaheim, but I predict maybe 15-19

    • desertfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      25 would normally cost 5-6M except for the two overpaid guys in CHI who get 10.5 for 23 and 25 per??

      • dbreslow56 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:56 PM

        Are you serious? The two overpaid guys in CHI, as you put it, are not overpaid. You’d love to have either, or both, of them. Kane is 24. Toews is 25, the captain of the team and, arguably, the best 2 way player in the game. Are you seriously going to sit there and tell me you wouldn’t want Kane and/or Toews on your team?

      • keithballardisagreatdefenseman - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:43 AM

        dbreslow56 – He never questioned their ability as hockey players. Of course, anybody would take Kane & Toews on their favorite team. But at 10.5 mil per year? Most likely not. Maybe if their team is a bottom feeder that needs to overpay to get to the cap floor. But what are the chances of that happening?

  11. greej1938l - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Thank you for defining you’re meaning of great. Will know for the future now! :)

  12. sjsharks66 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    There’s no harm in this signing. If anything he will score them a few goals this season.

    • skr213 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:45 AM

      During his 3 seasons with the Wild, he was a minus 30. If that’s “no harm” in your book, then so be it.

  13. rebekah319 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    As much slack as Heatley got while being here in MN- He was great to the young guys and helped them out on the ice and off. He gave his time when it was not asked and was a good guy. Glad he landed somewhere

  14. jpat2424 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Bum and other things.

  15. justanotherphillyfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Next year in Florida…

    Contract clausal:
    – no trade ( except: Tampa, Florida, Montreal, Vancouver, LA, Cook Islands, )
    – only play home games
    – good weather policy
    – a parking spot for his boat
    – something blonde

  16. jaythehelmetguy - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    Eh I think he should have just gone over to Europe to finish out his career. The game is a bit slower there and I’m sure he’d play just fine in an environment like that

  17. jhnyr45 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    50in07…. He is an ALLSTAR remember?

  18. garn53 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    The older guys just can’t say no to the NHL life style and the chance to make more $ even when the cash is a massive drop. Hard to accept you are just getting old and have lost whatever you once had.

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