He didn't look quite right in a blue jersey designated for fourth-line forwards and he didn't do much other than light skating, but Ryan Getzlaf on the ice was an encouraging sign for the Ducks. The Ducks captain skated with the team Monday for the first time since he was struck in the face by a shot from Phoenix Coyotes center Shane Doan on Dec. 28. Getzlaf must wait for the facial fractures to fully heal before he can play. The Ducks ruled him out for the next two games, and Getzlaf said he is targeting Feb. 9 against Vancouver for his return. "It's just a matter of the fractures healing," Getzlaf said. "The doctors aren't going to put me in any position where a little blow to the head or a little bump on the glass is going to put me back at square one." Getzlaf hasn't been cleared for contact and probably won't be heavily involved in the upcoming practices. Perhaps a more pressing issue is how he adjusts to wearing the plastic visor to protect the area. Aside from the Winter Olympics last year, Getzlaf has not worn a visor since junior hockey as many players find it to be visually limiting and cumbersome. Getzlaf said wearing one was a "stipulation" for a timely return and that he will try it in the immediate future. "We'll see how it goes," he said. "If I can keep it on and play well, I'll keep it on. It's still a different look when you're looking out. You're used to seeing nothing and now you've got that little line to deal with."
Getzlaf skates with Ducks, moves closer to return
Orange County Register | Feb 1