The Ducks have placed their captain, Ryan Getzlaf on injured reserve. Getzlaf was hit in the forehead with a a deflected puck on Tuesday night against Phoenix. Shane Doan’s shot went off Cam Fowler’s stick and hit Getzlaf hard, leaving Getzlaf bleeding profusely on the ice. Getzlaf got 10 stitches to close the gash.
On Wednesday, he was experiencing a significant amount of swelling and nausea from blood flowing into his stomach. An MRI was scheduled for Thursday and revealed multiple nasal sinus fractures.
Getzlaf will undergo additional tests on Friday and see a specialist to determine how long he will be gone from the line up as well as find out if there are any other required steps for healing. At a minimum he will be out for the next two games, and likely longer than that.
Getzlaf, who does not wear a visor, may want to reconsider that position after this latest injury. He will definitely be wearing one when he gets back to the ice, and hopefully it will remain after an interim healing period. This is one injury that could have been avoided, or at the very least been reduced had he been wearing that very simple protection.
In other news, the Ducks signed right winger Devante Smith-Pelly to a three year entry level contract. Smith-Pelly was drafted in June in the second round and had an impressive training camp with Anaheim. The 18 year old is a physical player who likes to finish his checks, but he also has the ability to score as well. If he continues to develop, the Ducks will have a very nice addition to their roster in a few short years.