“It has been pretty obvious that we aren’t skilled enough,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. “He [Fleischmann] brings skill and smarts.”
In Fleischmann, the Ducks pick up a 30-year-old winger capable of adding some roster depth. This season, he has 21 points in 50 games. In 2011-2012, he posted a career high of 61 points with the Panthers.
Fleischmann isn’t the most consistent player in the book, but he does have experience with Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau from the Washington days. Boudreau has had a number of former Capitals on the Anaheim roster, including David Steckel and Mathieu Perreault.
“We did what we had to do, for our case and for Fleischmann,” Panthers GM Dale Tallon said. “[Fleischmann] is a real pro, a real good guy. It was all about performance.”
As far as Heatley goes, his decline has been well-documented and this is the latest stage in it. He’s expected to start in San Antonio of the AHL, but there is the outside chance that the Panthers could call on him. Tallon has said that Heatley could have a chance on the main roster if his play picks up.
The 34-year-old was scoreless in six games with Anaheim this season and was reassigned to Norfolk in the AHL. He posted seven points in 25 games, including two goals.
Obviously Fleischmann is the better part of this deal, but some still believe in possibilities for Heatley. He’s only carrying a $1 million hit and could wind up contributing for the Panthers in some capacity, which would be nice to see.