The Quackening

steve laidlaw

2014-07-13

DanyHeatley

 

The Contrarian debates the merit of the Ducks signing of Dany Heatley.

 

The recent signing of Dany Heatley by the Anaheim Ducks to a one year, one million dollar deal made me think of the 80's movie Highlander. If you don't know, it is a cult movie starring Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown. Even with now outdated special effects there are some good lines in it, the most popular probably being "There can only be one".

 

The primary question about the deal is will Heatley be the one to play with Corey Perry and Ryan Geztlaf? The secondary questions are how many points will he get and is this a good signing or not?

 

TheScore's Justin Bourne, looks at the merits of the deal in his article "Dany Heatley is done, Dany Heatley is a great signing: a one-man debate".

 

On the pro side he says, "We're really debating if a career elite scorer at 33 – not 43, people – is worth a one million dollar one year shot?"

 

He compares the salary demands of this to several other depth players. In terms of money he decides that this is a steal and adds, "the fact that this piddly contract is a wake-up call, and you've got a motivated Heatley working his tail off this summer to come into camp in shape and have a great season."

 

Bourne also lists, Alexander Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, Jarome Iginla, Ilya Kovalchuk and Jaromir Jagr as the only other players besides Heatley to have tabulated two 50 goal scoring seasons since 2000 as validation of his elite scoring talent.

 

Finally, the icing on the cake is that Heatley played on the same line with Perry and Getzlaf for Team Canada in the 2010 Olympics. Let your imaginations run and then attempt to answer the primary question.

 

It is tempting to add Heatley to your fantasy teams but before you do, he does detail the negative aspects of the contract signing.

 

Heatley's ice-time has been declining, his plus/minus and Corsi ratings were terrible last year and like everyone else notes, he has slowed down too much.

 

On the surface it looks like the arguments for and against are good enough but I wanted to dig further into them.

 

From the LA Times, Lisa Dillman gets quotes from Ducks GM Bob Murray.

 

"He's a guy, over the years, I've always liked"

 

"He's been intriguing because he is a pure goal-scorer. He's much better away from the puck than people think he is"

 

"He's very motivated at this point and our power play wasn't very bloody good last year and he's very good on the power play"

 

"We're a good match for each other at this moment"

 

She also gets a quote from Heatley, "I know the knock on me is that I'm not quick enough anymore. I disagree with that. I can still play this game. I'm still quick enough, fast enough, and I can score goals."

 

However, Chris Kober of SB Nation Anaheim Calling blog counters with other thoughts, "a quick look at the usage stats/charts on extraskater.com shows that Heatley isn't really in the same league with [Perry and Getzlaf]. His usage was more along the lines of Kyle Palmieri or Matt Beleskey, both of whom saw time on the first line, but obviously were unable to cement their position there and could both be considered fourth liners.