Dany Heatley traded by Ducks to Florida for Tomas Fleischmann

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Dany Heatley traded by Ducks to Florida for Tomas Fleischmann
Dany Heatley traded by Ducks to Florida for Tomas Fleischmann

The Florida Panthers have acquired both Dany Heatley and Jaromir Jagr in the last few days, which means it’s entirely possible they’re using a copy of EA Sports NHL ’96 to generate trades. (“TRADE ACCEPTED!”)

Heatley was traded by the Anaheim Ducks along with a third-round pick to the Panthers for forward Tomas Fleischmann on Saturday. 

Heatley had been toiling in the AHL for the Norfolk Admirals since December, recently having gone 15 games without a goal. The Panthers say the 34-year-old who recorded back-to-back 50-goal seasons from 2005-2007 is expected to report to AHL San Antonio.

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Fleischmann, 30, was expected to be dealt at the trade deadline because he’s an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has seven goals and 21 assists in 52 games, skating to a plus-12. Fleischmann was a drag on possession this season. 

Speculation had been that Fleischmann would land in Anaheim as a reunion with his former Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau, who has added a few former Caps to his roster during his time in Cali (like David Steckel, Mathieu Perreault).

He’s an OK depth player offensively, although maddeningly inconsistent. He was never a regular on the Capitals’ top line when Boudreau was there; could he get a shot with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry?

Heatley makes $1 million against the cap. Fleischmann makes $4.5 million. At least one of them will be playing in the playoffs. 

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