Dany Heatley’s frustrating season took another bad turn on Monday, as the Ducks placed the veteran winger on waivers.
Heatley, 33, signed with the Ducks this summer on a relatively low-risk deal — one year at $1M — and was thought to be a potential linemate for Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.
But it never materialized.
Heatley suffered a groin injury during the preseason and has spent almost the entire campaign on IR, save a four-game stretch in late October/early November. He quietly underwent surgery in mid-November and had a rehab stint in AHL Norfolk, then played in two games — losses to Ottawa and Arizona — before getting waived.
The two-time 50-goal scorer could get another look from a team needing scoring help on the wing, but it seems unlikely given his wonky groin and sharp decline over the last few seasons.
The Anaheim Ducks brought some veteran experience up from AHL Norfolk on Monday, recalling goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and winger Dany Heatley.
Bryzgalov, 34, signed with the Ducks early December after injuries to John Gibson and Jason LaBarbera, and will work primarily as the backup to No. 1 Frederik Andersen moving forward. LaBarbera recently cleared waivers and will return to Norfolk, where he’ll work with Gibson (once the latter returns from a groin injury.)
As for Heatley, he returns to the Ducks after a brief two-game American League stint following groin surgery. The 33-year-old played two games for the Admirals — his first-ever AHL contests — and went scoreless with two PIM and a minus-3 rating.
Based on the timing of the recalls, it looks as though Heatley and Bryzgalov will both be ready to draw into Anaheim’s lineup on Tuesday against Toronto. Heatley has appeared in just four games for the Ducks this year, going pointless; Bryzgalov will make his season debut.
A day after news surfaced that Ducks’ forward Dany Heatley underwent groin surgery, the club assigned him to the American Hockey League’s Norfolk Admirals on a long term injury conditioning loan.
Heatley, who signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Ducks in the off-season, is pointless in four games with Anaheim this season.
Additionally, defenseman Josh Manson was assigned to Norfolk and goaltender Igor Bobkov was sent to the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL.
Manson has an assist in 18 games with the Ducks this season.
Bobkov, who was most recently recalled by the Ducks on Dec. 1, has yet to make his NHL debut.