The Anaheim Ducks have been crushed by injuries so far this season and the news did not get much better for them on Tuesday.
General manager Bob Murray announced that center Ryan Getzlaf underwent surgery to repair a fractured cheek bone that could sideline him for two months. Getzlaf has only appeared in six games this season for the Ducks.
Along with him their list of injured players this season has included (and in some cases still does) Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm, Ryan Kesler, Sami Vatanen and Patrick Eaves, who is currently sidelined after he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Getzlaf was injured back on Oct. 29 when he was hit in the face by a puck in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
When healthy this season Getzlaf has been his usual productive self for the Ducks with seven points (one goal, six assists) in the six games.
That list of injuries has obviously had a negative impact on the Ducks season and is a big reason they are sitting at 6-6-2 through their first 14 games and has them in sixth place in the Pacific Division.
Along with the update on Getzlaf, Murray also updated the status of Fowler and Kesler.
Fowler, who has been sidelined since October 20 with a knee injury, is still on his original six week timeframe while Kesler (sidelined since offseason hip surgery) is still expected to return sometime around Christmas.
With Getzlaf and Kesler injured the Ducks’ center depth is obviously depleted at the moment.