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Getzlaf, Selanne Could Return Soon

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
By Matt Vevoda

AnaheimDucks.com


"Things are just starting to feel better here and there," Getzlaf said. "Overall, the cut is healing up really nice. It's been progressing every day."
Anaheim could be getting some of its scoring punch back this week with the possible returns of Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne to the lineup.

Listed as day-to-day by head coach Randy Carlyle, Getzlaf (leg laceration) is closer to coming back, with Tuesday night against Detroit at Honda Center being a possibility. The center has been out of action since Dec. 26 at San Jose, when his own skate cut a gash near his right knee.

“Things are just starting to feel a little better here and there,” said Getzlaf, who is tied with Corey Perry for the team lead in points (41). “Overall, the cut is healing up really nice. It’s been progressing every day. Hopefully, tomorrow morning it’s the same way.”

Selanne has been on shelf since Dec. 3, when a puck off the stick of Dallas defenseman Karlis Skrastins broke a bone in his left hand. The Finnish Flash will get stitches removed from the hand on Wednesday, at which time he’ll be re-evaluated by doctors.

“I hope I get the green light after that,” said Selanne, who has missed a total of 15 games thus far. “Then, it’s just a matter of time before I get my strength back, all the motion and flexibility of the fingers. Skating-wise I feel ready. The good thing about having a hand injury is you can still keep your legs strong.”

Both players skated at Honda Center on Monday and are itching to get back, especially since they have had to watch the Ducks drop three straight contests and five of their last six. Their presence should help uplift an offense that is scoring two goals per game during that span while scoring just once in its last 20 power play opportunities.

“It’s hard when you are out and you can’t do anything about it,” Selanne said. "But now it’s time to get guys back. Getzy is pretty close and I’m pretty close. Hopefully we can give a little spark and turn this thing around.”

Having a player cut by a skate is oddly becoming an annual occurrence for Anaheim. Two seasons ago, Corey Perry missed 15 games (the final 12 of the 2007-08 regular season and three in the playoffs) when his right quadriceps tendon was severed by the skate of then-Colorado goaltender Jose Theodore.

“It’s hard when you are out and you can’t do anything about it,” Selanne said. "But now it’s time to get guys back. Getzy is pretty close and I’m pretty close. Hopefully we can give a little spark and turn this thing around.”
Just last season, it was Selanne who cut his left quadriceps with his own skate in a game at Edmonton and missed 17 games as a result. “They have to come up with a sock or something where the blade doesn’t go through,” Selanne said. “There are way too many cuts. It shouldn’t be that tough to find something. Everybody knows that skate blade is like a knife.”

While Getzlaf has been the latest Duck to suffer the freak injury – which has kept him out the last four games – he knows the extent of his injury could have been far worse, like those suffered by Perry and Selanne.

“Luckily enough, mine is not as bad as what they had,” Getzlaf said. “I was pretty fortunate in the fact that it was as little as it was. When I first saw the cut, it was a little scary. But after I saw the doctors, they sewed it up and it was just a matter of letting it heal.”

With the second half to the season underway, the Ducks are aiming for a better outcome to these 41 games than the first 41. Getting back the services of Selanne and Getzlaf, who have combined for 24 goals (12 on the power play) and 62 points, can only help the team toward that goal.

“Going into this season, we had pretty high hopes for our group and we still do,” Getzlaf said. “We’re excited about the second half of the year here and getting going on the way we need to play.”

Said Selanne, “This team has always been good in the second half. That is what I am expecting for this year too. Every point is important now. It’s a little similar situation to last year. We know how to do it. We just have to find a way to do it now and we need everybody.”

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