Anaheim Ducks centre Ryan Getzlaf may require as many as two months to recover from surgery to repair a broken bone in his cheek, the team announced Tuesday.
Getzlaf sustained the injury after a shot from Corey Perry was redirected into his face on October 29. He left the game and hasn’t returned since.
General manager Bob Murray said Tuesday that Getzlaf suffered a complex facture of the zygomatic bone and added that screws were required to stabilize it.
The 32-year-old has seven points in six games for the Ducks, including a goal and six assists. He played just four minutes against the Carolina Hurricanes in late October before the injury.
The Ducks captain already sat the first two games of the season and a stretch of three in mid-October due to a lower body injury, so things aren’t going according to plan.
Anaheim has also lost Patrick Eaves, Ryan Kesler, Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm, and Sami Vatanen to injury in this young season and have had to contend with significant personnel losses.
“It’s hard to remember [a season] with such elite players, important people out of your lineup,” Murray said. “Nobody’s going to feel sorry for us.”
The Ducks are 6-6-2 through 13 games, which puts them two points behind the Calgary Flames in the Pacific Division and eight points behind the division-leading Los Angeles Kings. They’ve scored 40 goals and allowed 43 goals against.
For Getzlaf and the Ducks, this has to sting even though it is the reality of the game. The club has been beset by injuries and has somehow still hung around in the hunt, at least for the time being.
Getzlaf was instrumental in Anaheim’s playoff run last year, producing 19 points in 17 post-season games. In 121 playoff games, all with the Ducks, he has 118 points.
In 867 regular season games, Getzlaf has 821 points.