Ducks' Getzlaf out 4-6 weeks

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ryan Getzlaf is slated to miss the next 4-to-6 weeks, after the Anaheim Ducks forward underwent further tests to determine the extent of damage from an on-ice incident last week.

Getzlaf was placed on injured reserve last Thursday with multiple nasal sinus fractures, one day after a CT scan revealed injuries that were caused when he took a puck to the forehead during a win over Phoenix last Tuesday.

On December 31, the rugged winger visited with a maxillofacial surgeon, and had another CT scan which revealed those fractures were non-displaced and stable.

After having an additional evaluation on Tuesday, it was determined that the bone breaks remained stable and that surgery will not be required. However, proper time is needed for all the fractures to heal.

The 25-year-old captain has 13 goals and leads the team with 24 assists over 40 games this season, his sixth in the NHL.


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