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More Wings injuries: Bertuzzi out, Tootoo recalled

Mar 15, 2014, 2:24 PM EST

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The injury problems for the Detroit Red Wings just keep getting worse.

Detroit has a myriad of injuries at center and now their troubles have moved to the wing as Todd Bertuzzi will miss Sunday’s game against Chicago with a lower-body injury. Jordin Tootoo was recalled from AHL Grand Rapids to replace him.

The Wings are already without Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Jurco, Stephen Weiss, Darren Helm, and Joakim Andersson and, as Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports, coach Mike Babcock could use a break from the bad injury luck.

“They’re hurt, they’re hurt,” Babcock said. “Helmer would have been in a week ago if it was up to me. That’s why I’m not allowed to be involved in that. But getting ready for summer isn’t a priority. We need guys back. So how can we get them back? Well a guy with a broken foot and broken rib, they’re not coming back. The head one, you never know. We could use anybody available.”

The problems at center are bad enough for the Wings, but having the seeming injury epidemic spread to the other forwards makes the battle to get in the playoffs that much harder.

  1. creator69 - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Pretty soon Grand Rapids won’t have a team anymore.

    • rbbbaron - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      This has been a good exercise of organizational depth…

  2. 11stanleycups - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    I can’t remember ever seeing a team go through this many injuries in a single season. Amazing they are still in the running for a playoff spot. Sadly, I don’t think they’ll continue the consecutive years streak the way the injuries continue piling up.

  3. wingsfantothecore - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Wish the same could be said for the griffens, mish mash line up to finish the season off after a championship season

  4. wingsfantothecore - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Wonder how the griffens will finish with such a mish mash lineup the rest of the way. Go from champions one year to all playing in the nhl

  5. jhaegs - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Tootoo? I was starting to think we had seen the last of that punk…

  6. blinkyhowe - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    2 2 has a contract for another year. A rather generous one i might add. Especially, for a guy who plays 7 min. a game. Maybe you will get your wish after the season is over.

  7. 4everwingsfan - Mar 16, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Wow. You can tell they are getting to the bottom of the barrel.

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