The league is investigating whether Getzlaf acted on his own to hold the practice at the team's practice facility, Anaheim Ice, or was urged by anyone in the organization to gather the players.
Getzlaf said he was aware of collective-bargaining agreement rules and informed Ducks Coach
"We're supposed to be prepared to play every night," Getzlaf said. "I felt that gave me the best chance … and my teammates the opportunity to do the same if they needed it."
Boudreau said he was "glad" the players assembled, but in no way influenced the gathering.
"He [Getzlaf] said that's what he wanted to do, and I said, 'OK, fine,' " Boudreau said. "I don't know what time they skated, don't know how many guys were there. It was all Ryan's idea."
The Ducks were scheduled to be off ice for four days before playing in Arizona last Saturday.
"I can't be off the ice that long and expect my body to react without getting injured or in trouble," said Getzlaf, whose 30 assists are second-most in the league.
"Quite a few" teammates joined him, he said. "I don't know if we had the whole team there or not. Some guys were on [ice] for five minutes, some guys for 20.
"It was an opportunity for guys to bring their kids out during the holidays. When I was a kid, I skated every Christmas. The team had nothing to do with it."
Veteran forward Dany Heatley cleared waivers Tuesday and was assigned to the Ducks' minor-league affiliate in Norfolk, Va.
The Ducks still owe Heatley, 33, about $600,000 as part of the one-year, $1-million deal the two-time former 50-goal scorer signed during the off-season.
Heatley — slowed by a groin injury and surgery in the preseason as well as the toll of more than 800 NHL games — has gone point-less in six games with the Ducks.
"I'm sure when he goes down there and plays regular, there'll probably be an awful lot of teams interested at that point," Boudreau said. "He didn't have a great opportunity [here] … hard coming back off an injury and jumping back into a lineup where everyone's playing pretty well."
Right wing Corey Perry, sidelined since suffering a sprained knee Dec. 5, practiced with Getzlaf and
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