Ducks' Getzlaf cleared for contact

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Anaheim - Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf has been cleared for contact and is nearing a return to the ice, the club announced on Thursday.

Getzlaf had been slated to miss at least 4-to-6 weeks after suffering multiple nasal sinus fractures when he took a puck to the forehead during a win over Phoenix on December 28.

Three days later, the rugged winger visited with a maxillofacial surgeon, and had a CT scan which revealed those fractures were non-displaced and stable. A further evaluation determined that the bone breaks remained stable and that surgery was not be required.

After a follow-up CT scan on Wednesday showed that the fractures were healing well, Getzlaf will be cleared to skate with the team starting next Monday. However, the club is pushing his official return date back to at least February 9 when the Ducks begin a western Canadian road swing at Vancouver.

Prior to the setback, the 25-year-old team captain notched 13 goals with 24 assists over 40 games this season, his sixth in the NHL.


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