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Ducks announce Heatley had groin surgery -- three weeks ago

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Dany Heatley #51 of the Anaheim Ducks looks on against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on September 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Dany Heatley’s only played four games this year and hasn’t dressed since early November -- on Wednesday, the Ducks let slip why.

From the L.A. Times:

Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau told The Times on Wednesday that Heatley underwent a surgical procedure, in mid- to late November, after trying to return to play in late October and proceeding to go pointless in four games.

Heatley was placed on injured reserve after being a healthy scratch in the Ducks’ Nov. 12 home victory over the Kings. His original recovery plan was to rest and rehabilitate, but that changed.

A Ducks spokesman confirmed Heatley’s surgery took place “about three weeks ago,” a procedure that was previously not announced.

Anaheim begins a five-game road trip beginning on Friday in Edmonton, and Heatley is scheduled to travel with the team. Should the former 50-goal scorer draw back in, it’ll be interesting to see where he lands -- upon signing a one-year, $1 million deal with the Ducks, there was speculation he’d be a top-line option next to Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.

Perry, of course, is sidelined for the next 3-4 weeks with a knee injury suffered on a hip check from Minnesota blueliner Keith Ballard.