Thursday December 11th, 2014

Anaheim Ducks forward Dany Heatley had surgery "about three weeks ago" to address a groin injury, the team confirmed to the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday.

Heatley initially injured his groin in the preseason. He attempted to return in late October but was placed on injured reserve Nov. 14 after going pointless in his first four games back and being a healthy scratch in the fifth. The team hadn't previously disclosed that Heatley underwent surgery.

Heatley returned to practice Monday and will likely travel with Anaheim for its five-game road trip that begins against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, head coach Bruce Boudreau told the Times. It's unclear when Heatley could return to game action.

The 33-year-old joined the Ducks this season after spending the previous three years with the Minnesota Wild. He averaged 11:51 of ice time in the four games he's played this season.

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The Ducks are also currently without forward Corey Perry, who has a sprained knee, and defenseman Francois Beauchemin, who has a broken finger.

Anaheim has recorded 41 points in 29 games, the most in the NHL. The team will also play the Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators on its road trip.

Ben Estes

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