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Boudreau thinks Heatley’s a better fit with Perry/Getzlaf than Penner

Sep 1, 2014, 9:25 AM EST

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The Anaheim Ducks took a chance last season on the idea that Dustin Penner could play on their top line after averaging just 12:41 minutes per game in 2013 with Los Angeles.

Penner had 13 goals and 32 points in 49 games until Anaheim decided to trade him to the Washington Capitals, where he played a much smaller role and consequently saw his production plummet. With that experiment in the books, the Ducks will once again try to pair up Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry with a veteran forward that has struggled in recent years. This time around, it’s Dany Heatley that will get a shot on the team’s first line after signing a one-year, $1 million contract.

“Every time we’ve played (Heatley), he’s been a dangerous player,” Boudreau told NHL.com. “I think we can try him with Getzlaf and Perry. We tried Dustin Penner there … I think this can work better.”

Heatley reached the 50-goal mark in back-to-back seasons, but he’s been on the decline since his peak in 2006-07. He had just 12 goals and 28 points in 76 games in 2013-14.

At the age of 33, he’s hoping to prove that he’s not in the twilight of his career yet and he’ll get that opportunity in Anaheim.

  1. phxyotes - Sep 1, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Boudreau is a chubby faced oompa loompa

    • areaman714 - Sep 1, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      Are you still going to comment after the Yotes move to Vegas or Seattle?

      • hosewater2 - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        Are you still going to comment when Seattle voters get to shoot down an initiative asking for public money to build a suitable arena?

      • areaman714 - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        No. Because they will be is Vegas.

  2. patthehockeyfan - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Boudreau is an enigma, and appears to be betting against the odds here.

    If you read PHT Morning Skate, there was a link to an article about 8-year deals. In that article were some interesting statistics regarding players’ ages and their peaking in their late 20s, going downhill after that. Specifically: “A study released by the University of British Columbia business school this summer found an NHL forward hits his scoring peak at 28, a defenseman at 29.”

    Of course, the article noted that there are exceptions (Lidstrom, Jagr, and though Martin St. Louis wasn’t mentioned as an exception, he belongs in that class).

    As this article notes, Heatley (age 33) hit his peak in 2006 – 07, and has been on the decline since.

    Boudreau continues to confound.

    • bc - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      “I’m hoping Bob didn’t go out and get Dany Heatley just to get someone,” Boudreau said. “I’m sure he’s excited and motivated.”

      Kind of an underwhelming endorsement, no? Heater is still first up but may not last if one or all of Smith-Pelley, Maroon or Etem step up. Also, a guy like Etem might best served polishing his game in the “A” with top line minutes then toiling as a depth forward in the NHL.

      • areaman714 - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        . . . and Beleskey. He played really well when he played with the twins. There are quite a few options. This is why Heatley needs to get of to a promising start; there is a short hook waiting in the wings.

    • areaman714 - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      It is well-documented and axiomatic that there is no real downside to the Heatley signing. It was for one year for chump change. If playing with Getzy and Perry allows him a spark, great. If not, he is done. I am not sure why this is so confounding . . .

    • endusersolutions2013 - Sep 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      Another current player not quite old enough (35) to make your list, but Marian Hossa is still very effective/productive.

    • clarke16 - Sep 4, 2014 at 1:44 AM

      Heater is pretty much a second squad power play guy at this point. Park him in front of the net and take advantage of his still decent hands and he’ll score some goals. The problem is he can’t move his feet anymore at the same time he’s moving his hands. He’ll be good for 10-15 goals and that’s good value for $1M. Hard to criticize this move.

  3. guitarhunterdude - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    If we were talking strictly point totals, I think Heatley could at least have a fighting chance at outproducing Penner next to Getzlaf and Perry. But even declining Penner brings other stuff to the table. When Heatley isn’t scoring, he doesn’t give you anything else, and he’s not scoring enough to be worth it anymore (even next to Perry and Getzlaf), especially given his complete absence of foot speed (and he was never fast) and the apparent disappearance of his once-good hands (wrist troubles might be to blame for that).

    Bottom line, Heatley at this point is just a turnover machine who’s too slow to get into position to consistently use the one gift he still has; his cannon shot. He can still be a power play specialist, but even there his production isn’t great. If anyone can get one last remaining ounce of good hockey out of him, it’s Perry and Getzlaf, but color me skeptical.

    • easez1 - Sep 1, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      Have to color you more than skeptical with added hues of highly accurate on your view of Heatley, as his addition will only equal another subtraction in realized results, both LA and SJ welcome him fully to the Ducks roster. Boudreau’s comment is beyond unrealistic, especially if you factor in the playoffs, where the superior possession skills of Penner pay dividends (see freed up line mates), and let’s not even mention net front presence (or Heatley takes a skate) or intimidation factor (Pancakes loves them necks) to other players (everyone’s afraid of Danny, right?) due to size and strength. It makes one think perhaps the Caps were correct, Bruce goes so far and no further, regardless.

  4. ronniethec - Sep 1, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    I love the Ducks picking up Heatley. Go Kings Go!

  5. jason9696 - Sep 1, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    How many ferrari’s?

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