Getzlaf cleared to play in Games

Updated: February 15, 2010, 10:57 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

VANCOUVER -- Jeff Carter's trip to the Olympics was short-lived.

The Philadelphia Flyers forward was informed by Team Canada on Monday that he would not be needed, as Anaheim Ducks star Ryan Getzlaf received medical clearance to play in the Winter Olympics following an impressive four-point night Sunday in Edmonton.

Team Canada announced the news ahead of Monday's 3 p.m. ET deadline to submit final rosters to Olympic organizers. Canada's Olympic opener is Tuesday night against Norway.

Getzlaf had been hobbled by an ankle injury and his roster spot appeared to be in danger. But he responded in grand style Sunday in Anaheim's last NHL game before the Olympic break, with two goals and two assists in the Ducks' 7-3 win.

"He made his case obviously [Sunday in Edmonton], but more importantly, the process was that the Ducks doctor and training staff and GM cleared him to play," Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman told ESPN.com Monday. "So he flew in last night and our doctors examined him and did some thorough testing on him. They expected it to be a bigger issue but were pleasantly surprised that it wasn't nearly as severe as we first feared."

Yzerman said the Team Canada doctors and training staff put Getzlaf through more tests Monday morning to see if the ankle regressed overnight. It didn't.

"So they cleared him," said Yzerman. "We gave him every opportunity to show he was healthy and he delivered on that."

Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com.

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