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Kirk Maltby has shoulder surgery, out for season

Mar 2, 2010, 9:45 PM EST

The old guard is slowly disappearing.

Those reliable Detroit
Red Wings, the guys that have been around seemingly forever, are going
out one by one. Kirk Maltby, who has been a Wing since 1996, had
season-ending shoulder surgery today
and it might be the end of his
career with Detroit..

“There was more damage to the
shoulder than the doctor originally
anticipated,” general manager Ken Holland said. “The wear and tear on
the shoulder — there were some chips floating around. The doctor told
me he had to do something called a microfracture. There was way more
wear and tear, and given the surgery, in all likelihood, it’ll be at
least 12 weeks before Kirk can start to push weights. So right now,
looks like he’s out for the season.”

Maltby will be an unrestricted free agent this
summer and it’s doubtful that a 37 year old can recover from
microfracture surgery in time to be ready for next season, although it’s
certainly possible. I haven’t been able to find out much about the
surgery on the shoulder; you normally hear about the microfracture being
done on the knee. Basically, the surgery creates fractures (hence the
name) in the bones, which eventually creates new cartilage. Recovery
from the surgery generally takes four months or so.

With Maltby’s
time with Detroit most likely over, that leaves Nicklas Lidstrom and
Kris Draper as the final remnants of the great Red Wings teams of the
1990’s. Chris Osgood is still there as well but left and came back, so
he doesn’t count.

  1. Babette Marsolek - Mar 8, 2010 at 5:21 AM

    Sometimes it may not be a problem at all with your shoulder. There is such a thing called referred pain which is something wrong with, say, one of your organs and the pain is felt in an entirely different place. Sounds weird, but its very true and very common. Its the same reason when your having a heart attack you may feel pain in your left arm and up in your jaw. Our neurological system is very complex! Problems with the gallbladder typically refer pain to the shoulder. Here are links to a few sites that can help you. I use the pain management ones all the time:
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/symptom-checker/DS00671 http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/guide/pain-management-back-pain

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