Apr 30, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter (22) reacts to his goal in the third period with left wing Dany Heatley (15) against the Colorado Avalanche in the third period in game seven of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Anaheim Ducks sign Dany Heatley

The Anaheim Ducks have signed former 50-goal scorer Dany Heatley to a one-year contract worth $1 million, per Darren Dreger at TSN. This will be Heatley’s fifth team.

For Heatley, this is the once-prolific scorer scraping at the bottom of the barrel for offers from teams that stand a chance to make some noise in the NHL playoffs. For the Ducks, it’s a low-risk opportunity to sign someone with 372 career goals and 62 points in 77 playoff games. While Heatley has struggled to score in the last few seasons, a team like Anaheim might be just what the beleaguered winger needs.

Heatley’s best production came in Ottawa, where he posted back-to-back 50 goal seasons. He signed a seven-year $45 million deal in that time and it appeared as though he and Jason Spezza would be franchise cornerstones for a decade beyond that pair of years that ran from 2005-07. Instead, Heatley asked to be traded in 2008 and was in San Jose by 2009, where he posted a second straight 39-goal season.

Unfortunately, it was the last time he’d come even that close. Heatley has scored just 47 goals in the last three seasons and has only missed 18 games in that stretch. For those doing the math, that’s 47 goals in 194 games.

The Ducks hope Heatley remains as healthy as he has these last few seasons, but also that Heatley can regain his scoring touch and offer the team an unexpected boost in offense. If Heatley can impact Anaheim much in the way Marian Garborik affected the Los Angeles Kings, the Ducks could have made the best under-the-radar move of this week.

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