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Heatley to open with Getzlaf and Perry?

Aug 5, 2014, 9:19 PM EST

From NHL.com’s Curtis Zupke:

There’s two ways of looking at this.

One, in a positive light — Heatley’s a left-handed shot that would (theoretically) play LW with Perry on the right and Getzlaf down the middle. In that sense, it’s a natural fit. Two, Heatley’s frame (6-foot-4, 221 pounds) and skating ability (or lack thereof) is more suited to the puck-possession, big-bodied style that the 6-foot-4, 221-pound Getzlaf and 6-foot-3, 212-pound Perry play.

But there’s also the negative way to view this.

What often seems like a good fit doesn’t always work. Last year, the Ducks signed Dustin Penner in the hopes of recreating some of the magic he had with Getzlaf and Perry during the 2006-07 campaign, but it never panned out. Penner’s game simply tailed off too much; after a good start to the season (he had 16 points in 15 games in November), he scored just four times in 27 games prior to getting dealt to Washington for a fourth-round pick… which didn’t sound like the most pleasant departure.

From the OC Register:

Penner said the interaction with [Ducks GM Bob] Murray was short and quick.

“He just said, ‘You’ve been traded to Washington,’” Penner said. “I said, ‘Why?’ And then he said, ‘Cap room.’ And then I left.”

Just like that, Penner’s second stint with the Ducks didn’t last eight months. The big winger who won a Stanley Cup with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in 2007 was brought back on a one-year, $2-million deal to reignite the chemistry they had as a trio.

Penner arrived in training camp out of shape but worked his way back on to the top line and had his best run after an October concussion with seven goals and 12 assists in 18 games. His production tailed off but had picked up right before the trade.

Heatley, much like Penner, has been criticized for a lack of fitness and conditioning during his NHL career.

That said, Heatley — a two-time 50-goalscorer that popped 24 during the ’11-12 season — appears to be already focused on playing with Perry and Getzlaf, which may spur him on to arrive at Anaheim’s camp in the best shape imaginable:

  1. elrock7 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Yeah and there can only be one name for that line, 2 men and a baby.

    • borzemela - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      That’s the most ridiculous nick name I’ve heard ever…2 and a half men would have been better, but no one will know until april of ’15

      • elrock7 - Aug 6, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        The nickname wasn’t meant to be flattering.

  2. lbeezyse - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    After watching Heater the past couple years with the Wild I have the utmost respect for the guy. He is a pro’s pro. He catches a lot of flak, but he was a great mentor for the youngsters here in MN.

    Heatley fit in with the Wild when they were a slower puck possession team. Things have changed as the Wild got younger & faster. He is simply not built to be a bottom 6 forward. He still has a laser of a shot & can control the puck with some of the best. I think he will bounce back in a big way playing with Getz & Perry. I sure hope he does anyways!

  3. chief361 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    this will be short lived…

  4. areaman714 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    If he can’t be productive with the twins, he will be the healthy scratch more often than not or Pennered to the Caps. I think he has a good shot at having a good year. We shall see . . .

    • govtminion - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      I love that we’re just assuming now that any player in Anaheim who underperforms will get sent to Washington. Like they’re just the dumping ground for the Ducks. Remember, they have a new GM now! Now they’re the dumping ground for the PENGUINS, not the Ducks! ;)

      • areaman714 - Aug 6, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        It was more of a dig on Penner than the Caps. He was a worthless slug 90 percent of the time during his second stint with the Ducks.

    • cyggyx1 - Aug 6, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      I’m still trying to figure out why Getzlaf and Perry are refereed to as “the Twins’? Being a Duck fan since their inception, I miss Stu ‘The Grim Reaper,’ Grimson. Now that’s a nickname. Who’s the idiot that started calling these guys the twins? Hockey players, and a good portion of their fans, as evident from this website, Don’t need to be confused with another set of twins. I’m pretty sure that they reside up in Vancouver, and if you didn’t know, they’re Actually! Twins! ;) Now, I’m on the fence about Heatly. I remember the headlines. So,Like I’ve done with Vince Neil, I think Ill enjoy the 60 minutes of game time and just never get into a car with him.

  5. Wineshard - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    More like one man and two babies. Getzlaf being the man.

  6. pmonte3122 - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:52 AM

    #50in07

    • chandlerco20 - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      #12in14

  7. nolockoutpricks - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    #50in15?? lol

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