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Detroit ‘shuts down’ Datsyuk for three weeks, no knee surgery yet

Mar 5, 2014, 5:14 PM EDT

Pavel Datsyuk AP

The Detroit Red Wings have suffered from serious injury issues this season, and it doesn’t look like things will get any better soon, as GM Ken Holland announced that the team will “shut down” Pavel Datsyuk for three weeks. The good news is that surgery on that bad knee isn’t on tap … yet.

“Right now, there’s no surgery for Pavel,” Holland said. “We’re gonna shut him down and see where we’re at in three weeks.”

Now, keep in mind, three weeks is when they’re revisit the situation. In a best-case scenario, the Red Wings would get Datsyuk back sometime around March 25 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He’s already missed two games and would miss 10 more in the most ideal series of events. Knowing Detroit’s luck in 2013-14, this could end up being a lengthier ordeal.

To make matters worse, the team also announced that Darren Helm was pulled from Tuesday’s game because of “headaches” and will miss at least a few days.

When you stack Datsyuk and Helm’s latest setbacks alongside bad luck for Henrik Zetterberg and Stephen Weiss – among others – it’s easy to see why the “wounded wings” headline has been featured so often at PHT. It also makes it that much easier to understand why they gave up some valuable assets to get David Legwand on deadline day.

  1. porkchopexpress1969 - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Shut him down. This looks like the year the Wings break the streak. Sad actually. But him and Z need to heal for next year.

  2. pwshrugged - Mar 5, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Really not sure they gave up “valuable” assets for Legwand… mid-tier, maybe. Eaves is a solid player and a personal favorite of mine, but there’s no room for him in the lineup anymore.

    I can see the Wings squeezing into the 7/8-seed again. Honestly, all these injuries are covering up the fact that if they were healthy, the Wings would have a serious issue with who to keep around. Those young forwards are playing pretty good hockey. The bigger problem the injuries are presenting is that they’re hitting our two most talented players, one of whom happens to be the captain, and that they’re preventing much lineup consistency.

    • rbbbaron - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      If Franzen can stay healthy and on edge, I’m not worried about the offense. It’s the defense and inconsistency in net that I think will be their undoing during this final stretch. It’d be the most remarkable story of any team if they make the playoffs, but I don’t see it happening this time.
      To me it was a considerable price to pay for what is undoubtedly a rental– the pick becomes a 2nd rounder if the Wings make the playoffs, so if that happens then they paid more than MTL paid for Vanek (who may or may not end up being a rental). That said, I’m glad Holland made this move and didn’t mortgage the future for Kesler.

      • pwshrugged - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        Franzen’s really the key right now. He’s performing like the prime-time playoff performer he is, and I think he knows we need it. With no Z, and no Datsyuk for awhile… I mean, yeah, Franzen’s the elder statesmen among the veteran Wing fowards now (among long-tenured Wings). But we gotta be honest; Andersson was centering the top line last night after Helm went out. I like Andersson plenty, but not as a top-line guy. Legwand gives us a lot more flexibility at center and should be a solid two-way player who won’t hurt us in the defensive zone, either.

        And basically yeah – we didn’t mortgage the future for a rental. Sure, you never want to lose prospects and picks, but come on. The Wings have installed several young players into the lineup lately – Nyquist, Tatar, Jurco, Andersson, Sheahan… that’s almost two full lines worth of forwards in their 1st or 2nd year, all five playing at a respectable level (at worst!). No harm in chucking a prospect to give us needed injury relief. What matters is that Holland kept the blue chip prospect(s) like Mantha and didn’t give up any of the young hotshots mentioned above.

  3. mydoglouie - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    I’d just prefer the draft slot. It’s been a nice run, but the team needs some building chips, not sneaking into the playoffs for no real run at the cup.

    • smarshall3789 - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      So Tatar Sheehan Jurco nyquivst smith and dekyser aren’t building chips

    • pwshrugged - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      I don’t know what you’re talking about, dude. The building blocks are playing every night right now, and looking marvelous. Nyquist, Tatar, Jurco, Sheahan, Smith, DeKeyser, Andersson… they’re all in their 1st or 2nd full season. The major thing is just that they’re being pressed into heavier duty due to injuries than anything, although, admirably, they’re stepping up.

      If this team was 100% healthy, there’d be serious issues about who to send down, who to keep, who might have gotten traded, etc… and they’d probably be on a wicked tear. Don’t forget that a similarly battered Red Wings team snuck into the playoffs last year and ended up giving the Blackhawks the best fight they saw for the whole tournament.

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