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Red Wings’ GM reveals list of injured players after second-round elimination

May 30, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

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It’s commonplace for hockey players to play hurt during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Specifics on players’ injuries are often kept as hush-hush as possible (see: “lower-body” and “upper-body”) until after the post-season comes to an end or a team is eliminated.

On Thursday, the day after his team was knocked out of the playoffs by the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told reporters who was playing hurt.

The list included several players, including goalie Jimmy Howard, who, according to the Detroit Free Press, pulled a hamstring at the end of the first-round series win over the Anaheim Ducks.

“We had lots of players banged up,” Holland said, as per the Detroit Free Press.

“All teams do. It’s the playoffs. You’re playing every other night. Players are getting beat up every second night. It’s a lot of hockey.”

Other injured players included Daniel Cleary, Niklas Kronwall and Mikael Samuelsson.

Cleary was playing what was reported as a second-degree separation of his left shoulder and a fractured finger.

The most recent long-term injury of these playoffs for the Red Wings occurred early in Game 7 against the Blackhawks, when Valtteri Filppula suffered what the Detroit Free Press reported as a high-ankle sprain.

Click here to see exactly how Filppula was injured.

  1. bensawesomeness - May 30, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Would it have been so hard as to put the list on here, Cam?

  2. bensawesomeness - May 30, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Also, if Kronwall or Jimmy was in any sort of serious injury, absolutely amazing.

    If Cleary doesn’t get signed by this team, i’ll be shocked

    • michiganhockey11 - May 31, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      Good God Cleary! Please, let me buy you a beer. Good grief….

  3. jernster21 - May 30, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Never understood this.

    “I don’t want to make excuses for being eliminated…………BUT, here’s a list of our injured players.”

    Everyone still in the playoffs is playing hurt. I’m hurt just from watching these guys get hurt.

    • bensawesomeness - May 30, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      It usually doesn’t sound like excuses in my mind, personally i’m always curious to see who’s hurt and what they’re actually hurt with ( not just upper body or lower body injury )

      • jcmeyer10 - May 31, 2013 at 7:07 AM

        Amen. This is more informational than excusanational.

    • comeonnowguys - May 31, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      That’s not what’s happening. In fact it makes the game that much more amazing.

      I didn’t get to catch a great deal of the Anaheim series, but to hear Howard had a hamstring injury after seeing how he played against Chicago is crazy. These guys aren’t Brett Favre putting his injury on display between snaps to show you how gutsy and tough he is. These players simply are that.

  4. wisdomnfl - May 30, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Wah wah

    • blackhawksdynasty - May 30, 2013 at 10:57 PM

      Notice this “wah wah* crap comes from an NFL fan?? You know, that game where they need 52 guys to play 14 minutes out of a 60 minute contest? The one where those “tough guys” sit on the sidelines for 5 weeks complaining about a broken finger? (my personal favorite is turf toe)
      Go back to your “man’s game” and leave the real athletes to heal their REAL injuries.

      • tortshaswarts - May 30, 2013 at 11:17 PM

        I could not care if you were a fan of the NFL, but I don’t think you should disrespect some of the greatest athletes in the world by not calling them real athletes. And also turf toe is actually just a dislocated toe(not the worst of injuries but the name makes it seem as if they chipped a nail).

  5. thesportsjudge - May 31, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    It’s not like these guys are baseball players, getting time off for blisters.

    • comeonnowguys - May 31, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      I’ll give pitchers a pass for blisters on their throwing hands. But I’m with you.

      • thesportsjudge - May 31, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        Ya, i’m not really bagging on pitchers per se, I just wanted an example.

  6. zeeman911 - May 31, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Wow! Even the GM is making excuses now……..you gals blew a 3-1 series lead, simple as that…

    • nateriemer - May 31, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      I’m sure this is your first year of watching hockey, but every team reveals the injuries they keep secret throughout the playoffs. The Red Wings don’t make excuses, they got beat. They also don’t have to make excuses, they are in a rebuilding year, beat the #2 seed and pushed the #1 seed to the brink. Pretty good year.

  7. steelers4385 - May 31, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    I think wings would smash hawks at healthy level. Hawks are just lucky. You get a break or two here and there and it changes a series. Cant watch to watch you scumbags loss to kings

  8. blackhawksdynasty - May 31, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Glad to see you have an opinion. You’re obviously clueless, but nobody’s perfect.

  9. michiganhockey11 - May 31, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Honestly, when they release these reports when teams are eliminated, it does nothing but reaffirm to me that hockey players are some of the badest (shut you mouth) on the planet. To hear these guys playing with God knows what, and then flip thru channels and see NBA players get bumped into and they act like a sniper just took them out from the suite level, speaks volumes about their toughness. Hockey players are the real deal. I can’t say what I really think about NBA player’s lack of toughness here as it would probably get removed or not allowed.

  10. lionstigersandwingsohmy - May 31, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    I have always said that to win the cup, you need to be good, lucky and healthy. You may be able to get by on two for a while, but most of the time you need all three.

  11. hammerhead5573 - May 31, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Hey Steelers dude, did u take ur medicine today? Wait, there is no cure for stupidity. Nevermind

  12. xjokerz - May 31, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    As a wings fan I am embedded for Kenny holland. Hopefully he gets fired

    • 19wasthebest - May 31, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      joker, You have no idea what it takes to remain successful in the NHL. The man is one of the best gm’s in the league. Look at the players that have been playing in the AHL and got called up this year. Considering the fact they have not had a top 15 pick in what 20 years that is saying something. I do not believe that you are a Wings fan.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      Detroit has been a model franchise for 2 decades, and Kenny Holland has certainly had a hand in that. If/when Chicago parts ways with Bowman, I’d be more than happy to have Holland take the reins. Sorry, but you must be a complete fool.

  13. xjokerz - May 31, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    The man is the best in the league ?! We haven’t been dominate since the days where there was no salary cap and mike illitch literally went out and bought titles. E resigned the mule , brought in bertuzzi , too too and crap Samuelson and you’re telling me he’s the best ?! Lol

  14. paperkid96 - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    I love these lists. Especially when you find out someone played with an exploded testicle, then only missed 2 games because of it. I passed out reading about that injury and missed half the off season before I was back to normal.

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