Anaheim, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Anaheim Ducks signed left wing Dany Heatley in a one-year, $1 million contract last July, with the team expecting he would end its long search for a solid player in the position.
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau estimated a total of 10 players tried out for the position.
The Ducks have been searching for someone to play alongside Captain Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and they believe Heatley will deliver.
“Every time we’ve played him, he’s been a dangerous player. I think we can try him with Getzlaf and Perry,” Boudreau stated.
Boudreau also believes that the new scheme with Heatley will work better than previous combinations.
Heatley’s numbers dipped with the San Jose Sharks and the Minnesota Wild, something that Boudreau noted.
Despite the struggles, Ducks GM Bob Murray is optimistic on Heatley’s future with the team.
Although Boudreau stated, “I’m hoping Bob didn’t go out and get Dany Heatley just to get someone. I’m sure he’s excited and motivated.”
Heatley said he wants to prove all critics wrong.
“My job is to get in shape and be ready to play with those two guys,” he stated.
Heatlye also said, “I just want another chance to show I can still play.”
The 33-year-old had 372 goals with 419 assists in 863 career games. Heatley is also a four-time All Star and a two-time 50-goal scorer.