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Update: Filppula out 6-8 weeks with knee injury

Nov 14, 2012, 1:49 PM EST

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Last night, we passed along work that Detroit forward Valtteri Filppula suffered a knee injury while playing for Finnish team Jokerit.

Today, the MRI results are in…and it’s not good news for the Red Wings.

Filppula will reportedly miss the next 6-8 weeks with a sprained right knee, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Based on an earlier report from MLive’s Ansar Khan, it’s believed to be a MCL sprain.

The news could be a serious blow to Detroit, especially if the NHL season resumes within the next two months. Filppula is coming off a career season with the Wings — 23G-43A-66PTS in 81 games — and had gotten off to a magical start with Jokerit, racking up 15 points in his first 16 games.

Contractually, there could be issues as well.

Filppula, 28, is in the final year of a five-year, $15 million deal signed back in 2008. While it seems unlikely he’d struggle to find get an extension given how well he played in 2011-12, no impending UFA wants his “contract year” marred by a bothersome knee.

And let’s not forget — if a player is injured while playing in another league during the lockout, an NHL club can suspend him without pay until he is fit to play.

  1. bensawesomeness - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    This kid’s got so much potential, he just can’t seem to break through and be consistant

    Injury sucks, get better, Val

  2. valoisvipers - Nov 14, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    I really doubt Ilitch will suspend him but not to sure if the other 29 owners would feel the same way if it where their player.

  3. octopusthrower - Nov 14, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Definitely a bummer. Val had a great year and stepped up when a lot of guys took a step back. Even with adding Brunner, Samuelsson, Tootoo, and having a healthy Darren Helm, Filppula will still be a hard winger to replace….And Let’s not forget this is all based on us having a season in the next two months.

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