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Islanders Must Avoid Dany Heatley

By Noah Reiss

Dec 19, 2014; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Anaheim Ducks left wing Dany Heatley (51) skates with the puck in the third period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Senators won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Today, the Anaheim Ducks announced that they have placed the aging Dany Heatley on waivers.

The 33-year-old winger was signed by the Ducks this offseason to a one-year, $1-million contract. He immediately received a golden opportunity to play on a star-studded line alongside Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Heatley started off strong with the Ducks in the preseason recording two goals but a groin injury forced him to start the year in the press box. When returning from injury, Heatley played in six games with the team but failed to record a point.

In the past, we have seen General Manager Garth Snow take chances when it comes to waiver wire pick-ups. We have seen him strike gold with Thomas Hickey, Michael Grabner, and Evgeni Nabokov, so the question is, should the Islanders take a chance on Heatley? The answer should be a definite no.

Heatley, who had back-to-back 50-goal seasons, has been on a rapid decline in point totals since leaving the Ottawa Senators.

The Islanders still seem to be missing a solid first line winger to play alongside John Tavares and Kyle Okposo. Although we have seen Josh Bailey emerge as of late on the first line, consistency has always been a major issue throughout his young career. Still, the fact that Heatley failed to succeed with two excellent players in Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry should clearly indicate that he doesn’t have much left in the tank.

Also, with Michael Grabner coming back, the Islanders would have to make two tough roster moves if Heatley was claimed. There is simply no room in the lineup for the Islanders to give Heatley a chance. With the Islanders sixth in goals per game, there is no need to trade for more offense. Unless they plan on making a multi-player trade to clear some roster spots, the Islanders should pass on Heatley.