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Panthers trade Tomas Fleischmann to Ducks for Dany Heatley, draft pick

Florida Panthers left wing Tomas Fleischmann of the Czech Republic, celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Sunrise, Fla.
Florida Panthers left wing Tomas Fleischmann of the Czech Republic, celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Sunrise, Fla. AP

The Panthers made another trade for an aging, former All-Star on Saturday, sending winger Tomas Fleischmann to Anaheim for a future third round pick and current minor-leaguer Dany Heatley.

"We did what we had to do,'' general manager Dale Tallon said, "for our case and for Fleischmann. Flash is a real pro, a real good guy. It was just all about performance.''

Heatley, who scored four goals in the 2003 All-Star Game held in Sunrise while with the Thrashers, has battled injuries the past few years and is currently in the AHL.

The Panthers will keep Heatley in the minors for the time being with Tallon saying Heatley will get a chance with Florida if his play picks up.

In 25 games with Norfolk, Heatley has just two goals and five assists.

Heatley, 34, has played in 869 NHL games with Atlanta, Ottawa, San Jose, Minnesota and Anaheim.

While Heatley has scored close to 400 goals, he's only scored 23 in the past three seasons.

Anaheim signed him to a bargain-basement one-year deal worth $1 million. Florida will pick up about $200,000 of that salary whether he plays in San Antonio or in Sunrise.

Fleischmann was making $4.5 million with the Panthers so the Ducks will pay him about $1 million.

Heatley will join the Rampage in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"I think Dany can go down and give us some offense down the stretch,'' Tallon said. "He has to prove to me that he can do it. He's definitely done it before. He's had some injury-plagued years so it's not easy. But I told him today he'll get a shot with us if he earns that shot. I hope he goes to San Antonio and finds his way.''

As for Fleischmann, rumors had been flying all week that Anaheim wanted to reunite him with former Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau.

One of Tallon's big signings in the summer of 2011, Fleischmann led Florida in scoring during his first two seasons with the Panthers.

The past two seasons have been a battle for Fleischmann, however. After scoring 39 goals with 96 points in his first two years here, he ended with 15 goals and 49 points in his final two.

Fleischmann left South Florida on Saturday to fly to Anaheim and join his new teammates.

"The performance just wasn't there,'' Tallon said. "He lost his confidence and just needs a fresh start. It's too bad it didn't work out here. He was real good for us, especially the year we made the playoffs. Somewhere along the line it didn't continue.''

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