Florida Panthers Acquire Heatley And A 3rd Round Pick From Anaheim For Fleischmann

On Saturday afternoon, the Florida Panthers have acquired F Dany Heatley and a 3rd-round draft choice in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for F Tomas Fleischmann.

Per FloridaPanthers.com:

Heatley, 34, has appeared in 869 National Hockey League games with the Atlanta Thrashers, Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks, recording 791 points (372-419—791) and 620 PIM. He has played in 77 postseason contests with Ottawa, San Jose and Minnesota, recording 63 points (16-47—63)

In his 13-year NHL playing career, he recorded back-to-back 50 goal seasons (2005-2006 & 2006-2007) with Ottawa. He was also awarded the Calder Trophy, given to the NHL’s rookie of the year, in 2001-2002 with Atlanta.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound forward played in six games with Anaheim this season, before being assigned to the Norfolk Admirals (AHL) on Dec. 30. Heatley has appeared in 25 games with Norfolk, registering seven points (2-5—7).

Fleischmann, 30, has played in 567 NHL games recording 304 points (122-182—304). He appeared in 262 games with Florida, scoring 54 goals with 91 assists.

Why did the Florida Panthers give up Tomas Fleischmann?

Well, for starters, Fleischmann will be a unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. He led the Panthers in team scoring during his first two seasons (2011-12, 2013) in South Florida with 61 points and 35 points respectively. Flash’s 7 goals and 21 points this season in 52 games was respectable, but he also went through a scoring drought in which he only recorded three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in his first 21 games. 

In addition, following the trade for Jaromir Jagr and the return of C Brandon Pirri to the lineup, the Panthers needed to clear room on the roster for those two players. As a result, the Panthers decided to part with Tomas Fleischmann and, in addition, placed Dave Bolland on IR (retroactive to February 21st).

Dany Heatley will report to the Florida Panthers’ AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, following the trade along with Panthers F Garett Wilson.