Ducks' Dany Heatley out at least one week with groin injury

Dany Heatley is sidelined for at least a week with a groin injury. (USATSI)
Dany Heatley is sidelined for at least a week with a groin injury. (USATSI)

The Anaheim Ducks are hoping Dany Heatley will be a fit with top-line star Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, however he may not be the player lining up alongside the Ducks’ superstar duo. The team revealed Monday that Heatley will be out a minimum of one week due to a groin injury.

Heatley signed a one-year, $1 million deal to join the Ducks this summer. Through his first three preseason games, the veteran has three points including a pair of goals.

With only nine days remaining before the season begins, the Ducks already have an uncertain situation with the 33-year-old winger. That’s certainly not the ideal way to start off what could be a very interesting experiment with Getzlaf and Perry.

Heatley is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2013-14 with the Minnesota Wild in which he had 28 points. Though no one expects Heatley to match the scoring production he showed as a back-to-back 50-goal scorer with the Ottawa Senators, playing alongside two superstars could certainly goose his production.

Earlier this week, Heatley expressed optimism heading into the season as a top-line option for the Ducks to the Los Angeles Times:

"I think it can work and I'm going to try my best and keep going with it,” Heatley said. “… I fit in with the Ottawa guys, and I can fit in with these two."

Unfortunately, both Heatley and the Ducks may have to wait a few games before they can find out just how well he’ll fit in.

The Ducks open the season on the road Oct. 9 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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