The Anaheim Ducks are hoping that veteran Dany Heatley can solve their revolving door at left wing while reviving his career at the same time.
“Every time we’ve played him, he’s been a dangerous player,” Boudreau said. “I think we can try him with Getzlaf and Perry. We tried Dustin Penner there … I think this can work better.”
Heatley had just 12 goals and 28 points in 76 games for the Minnesota Wild last season, averaging a career-low 14:49 of ice time and posting a minus-18 for the season.
A two-time 50-goal scorer with the Ottawa Senators in 2005-06 and 2006-07, Heatley had just 47 goals the last three seasons combined for the Wild.
Heatley, who won the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2001-02, is a two-time NHL All-Star Team selection and led the NHL in game-winning goals in both 2006-07 with Ottawa and in 2009-10 as a member of the San Jose Sharks.
The Ducks signed Heatley to a one-year, $1 million contract last month.
Heatley knows he needs to show people he can still skate after several seasons in decline.
“My job is to get in shape and be ready to play with those two guys,” Heatley said. “I know those guys and I’ve played with both of them, particularly [Getzlaf]. I love playing with teh guy. He’s one of the best players in the league, as is Corey Perry. We’ll see what Bruce wants to do. But my job is to be ready to go and be ready to get a chance with those two guys.”
Heatley was a member of the Canadian Olympic team in 2006 at Torino and with the gold-medal winning squad in Vancouver in 2010.
He had one goal and six points in 11 playoff games for the Wild last spring, averaging 11:33 of ice time.