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Wings’ Bertuzzi (back) out Saturday vs. Edmonton

Feb 8, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

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Todd Bertuzzi‘s chronic back problems will hold him out of Detroit’s game on Saturday against the Oilers, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Bertuzzi, 38, was in  pain following the Red Wings’ 5-1 win over St. Louis on Thursday. The Free Press’ Helene St. James noted that Bertuzzi “could barely walk” after the game, the latest issue he’s had with a back ailment that’s plagued him over the past decade.

Detroit GM Ken Holland has called up Joakim Andersson from AHL Grand Rapids to replace Bertuzzi. The 24-year-old Swede has good size — 6-foot-2, 206 pounds — and appeared in five games for the Wings last season.

It’s unclear if Bertuzzi will miss just the Edmonton game, or Detroit’s game on Sunday against the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings as well.

Whatever the case, the injury is just the latest to hit Detroit, and has to be cause for concern.

Bertuzzi now joins Darren Helm (back), Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder), Brendan Smith (shoulder) and Jonas Gustavsson (groin) on the Wings’ list of walking wounded.

  1. jjregan21 - Feb 8, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I wonder how Steve Moore’s neck feels

  2. datsyukdominates - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    The Steve Moore thing happened nearly a decade ago. Get over it already, loser.

    • wisbadgers - Feb 9, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      Get over a guy who could’ve lost his life over the actions of a piece of ****???
      Easy for you to say. Bertuzzi should thank his lucky stars he gets the PRIVILEGE to play this amazing sport. If actions like that didn’t happen on the rink, he’d face criminal charges. You need to understand the difference between being a fan of a team and being a fan of Bertuzzi. Do you buy your kids Bertuzzi jerseys??? (I don’t!!!).

      • thechamp19 - Feb 9, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        He did face criminal charges.

  3. polegojim - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Bert will be missed – and it’s a good year to give younger players like Andersson more ice time.

    Mrazek played very well Thursday. I’d like to see more of him – solid and intense.

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