Heatley signed a one-year, $1 million contract with Anaheim this summer but has played only six games this season due to a lingering groin injury. Heatley had surgery in November to repair the injury and returned to the ice on Dec. 19. He played in Anaheim's game on Saturday but was a healthy scratch on Sunday.
Heatley turns 34 next month. He has 791 points in 13 career NHL seasons with the Thrashers, Senators, Sharks, Wild and Ducks. He has not recorded a point this season and is averaging 12:08 of ice time.
Heatley could be reassigned to the Ducks' AHL affiliate if he is not claimed off waivers by another team.
The Ducks are 24-8-6 and in first place in the Western Conference. They host the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.
- Dan Gartland