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Olympic Break Over, No Zetterberg, Now What?

I hope everyone enjoyed the Olympic break and it is now time to consider the future...

from Ansar Khan,

But everyone can do a little more to help compensate for his loss. Having a healthy Pavel Datsyuk would help. So would getting contributions from Johan Franzen and Stephen Weiss, who’ve been out with injuries.

The Red Wings’ post-Olympic playoff push begins Wednesday at Montreal. With 24 games remaining and 11 teams competing for the final six playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, the Red Wings must overcome the absence of their indisputable MVP.

“It’s a substantial loss, let’s not kid ourselves,” assistant coach Bill Peters said. “It’s your captain, it’s your leading scorer; he’s a point-a-game player. His leadership in the room as much as anything is going to be a loss.

“But now we’ll get our head wrapped around it and move on and find a way that we’re going to have to play to be successful. We’ll do that as a group.”...

“We have to embrace this as an opportunity, continue to prove we can win under any circumstance,” assistant coach Tom Renney said. “What that requires is extraordinary effort by everybody. I don’t think it’s anything that’s beyond them.

“But every single day we have to make sure we’re dialed in and prepared to do whatever it takes to get wins. If it’s trying to win 1-0, then so be it. I don’t think we’re as decimated as some would like to believe.”

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In the end, the Olympics might have bought the Wings a week or two break in healing Z after his operation.  Donno if it will help but the idea or really getting him healthy instead of nagging may be much better . . .

Posted by bobbo on 02/24/14 at 11:26 AM ET

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In the end, the Olympics might have bought the Wings a week or two break in healing Z after his operation. 
Posted by bobbo on 02/24/14 at 10:26 AM ET

That might have been true if Z had flown back to the US immediately after he was ruled out of further competition. But he sat around Sochi for a week waiting for the first NHL charter to return to the States.

Z last saw the ice on February 12th in a game against the Czech Republic. He did not board a plane until 2/19, which arrived in NY on 2/20. He had surgery the following day on 2/21. Given the amount of money the Wings have invested in Z, given the assets of the ilitches, given how dependent the Wings are on playoff ticket sales for their profitability, heck given Z’s financial assets and with an 8 week recovery period, I’m surprised they could not get Z back to the States sooner.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 02/24/14 at 01:54 PM ET

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The Red Wings’ post-Olympic playoff push begins Wednesday at Montreal.

No Zata?  A questionable Dangles?  And a ridiculously high Carey Price and his nearly 170 minutes of Olympic shutout momentum?

We got this.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/24/14 at 01:55 PM ET

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I’m surprised they could not get Z back to the States sooner.

It wasn’t the availability of a plane that prevented Zetterberg from returning earlier.

He couldn’t take that long in a plane because of his back. He had to rest until it healed enough so he could fly around the world.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 02/24/14 at 02:58 PM ET

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That might have been true if Z had flown back to the US immediately after he was ruled out of further competition. But he sat around Sochi for a week waiting for the first NHL charter to return to the States.

Russia doesn’t have beds to lay in?

Posted by Garth on 02/24/14 at 04:54 PM ET

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