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Andersson out with broken foot, as Wings lose yet another center

Mar 10, 2014, 1:11 PM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings are down another center. The latest injured man in the middle is Joakim Andersson, who will miss a couple of weeks with a broken left foot.

“It’s no fun,” Andersson said, per the Detroit Free Press. “We already had a lot of centermen hurt. It’s a bad position, I guess.”

Andersson suffered the injury blocking a shot in Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Rangers.

Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm and Stephen Weiss were already out of the lineup with various ailments, leaving David Legwand, Riley Sheahan, Luke Glendening and AHL call-up Cory Emmerton as the centers who will try and get the Wings into the playoffs for a 23rd straight time.

Detroit plays in Columbus Tuesday before returning home to host Edmonton Friday.

  1. elvispocomo - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Ouch is right. Good thing they picked up Legwand, but having to replace that level of center depth is very tough on a team.

    Helm’s had some issue for a bit, and Weiss was a bad pick up in hindsight, but Zetterberg and Datsyuk are tough losses for sure.

    • rbbbaron - Mar 10, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      Weiss wasn’t just a bad pick up in hindsight– as soon as the terms of his contract were disclosed last summer, it was clear Holland f-ed up royally. This is coming from someone who was in favor of signing the guy (but was expecting something akin to a Sammy-style contract, i.e. 2 yrs @ 3mil per, which was in the ballpark of the contract he was coming off of)

      • pwshrugged - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        It’s clear that the Wings brass had some kind of hard-on for Weiss that hasn’t panned out. Honestly, for that money, I would have rather seen them keep Filpulla, who despite inconsistent point-scoring, tended to play at a relatively consistent level.

        Still, these injuries are just getting to be too much. The kids are playing at an incredibly high level for their inexperience, but at this point… what more can we ask from them? Maybe we squeeze out the 8-spot in the end, but I think we need our competition to trip up a bit for it to happen.

      • rbbbaron - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:18 PM

        Ditto on Filppula. When I heard he was looking for the same kind of term and cap hit, I was glad to hear that Holland decided to walk. Same when Lecavalier came calling– it was reassuring to see Holland exercise restraint. But then to turn around and throw that kind of contract at Weiss, who I expected to be the cheap alternative…seriously, if Holland was prepared to offer 5yrs @ 4.5-5mil, then Filppula was the safe play.
        It’s not like there weren’t other options out there; I thought Grabovski would’ve been an equally good fit (and ended up signing the kind of contract that Holland should’ve been targeting), likewise Derek Roy looked like a potentially good value coming off a so-so season and even Matt Cullen would’ve tolerable for me– yeah, that’d have been a downgrade from Filppula, but there were more urgent needs, e.g. help on the blueline, and Roy’s and Cullen’s eventual contracts look completely innocuous compared to the one-ton ball and chain that Holland got duped into by Weiss’ agent…

  2. redwings1977 - Mar 10, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Everything that went right for the past 22 years seems to have gone wrong this season. The injuries are going to be too much to overcome. I just hope they don’t rush any of these guys back too quickly and risk further injury. I’m still hoping that they can sneak into the playoffs, but I’m not holding my breath. Go Wings!

  3. 7mantel - Mar 10, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Wonder if thats why he was nonexistent that game . Didn’t hear his name till the end of the 3rd period.

    • hockeydon10 - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      That pretty much describes the entire egg-laying fiasco yesterday. Everybody was non-existent that game.

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