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Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg to skate soon; Weiss out for year, Ericsson back late 1st round?
by George Malik on 04/04/14 at 12:19 PM ET
#RedWings GM Ken Holland said he believes that captain Henrik Zetterberg (back surgery) will be back on skates sometime next week.
This, from the Windsor Star's Bob Duff, is not good, however:
Holland also indicated that C Stephen Weiss (sports hernia surgery) likely done for year following many setbacks in his recovery process.
#redwings GM Ken Holland said captain Henrik Zetterberg (back surgery) to resume skating next week.
Holland indicated earliest return to action for Zetterberg would be late in first round of playoffs. #RedWings
Update: Also, per Roose:
#RedWings Ken Holland also noted Jonathan Ericsson is "Probably out until the middle or late first round, maybe even miss the first round."
The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness has penned a story about Weiss' status...
“I don’t really know where he’s at,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said Friday after team’s morning skate at Joe Louis Arena. “I know he’s frustrated. He’s not on the horizon to come back. I was just in there talking to Steve, talking to our trainers, everybody is a little bit frustrated because we obviously thought he would be back by now, actually a long time ago. So they’re going through a check list. Everybody’s frustrated. He’s not getting better the way we had hope. We might send him back next week to see the doc who performed surgery, but in the meantime, he continues his rehab.”
Weiss had sports hernia surgery on Dec. 23.
“The doctor who performed the surgery and the doctor in St. Louis, who gave a second opinion, both think that it’s not an issue,” Holland said. “Part of healing is what they call breaking down scar tissue and is it the scar issue, is it some other issue? At this stage of the game I’m not expecting him back this year. I think that’s the way we have to go forward. I mean he’s not even practicing. So I really don’t know what to tell you.”
Update #2: Here's Pleiness on the other two players, starting with Zetterberg:
“I don’t have an exact date but I think next week sometime he’s going to start to put skates on,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “Now I don’t know to what extent he’s going to push. I think he’s still waiting for the doctor to give him … But I know on the horizon he’s going to put skates on.”
The Wings won’t have Zetterberg back for the regular season, but expect him to return possibly in the middle of the first round of the playoffs.
“We’re not getting Zetterberg back for anytime in the regular season and if we can play our way into the playoffs don’t expect him to play at the start of the first-round playoff series,” Holland said. “How the last part of the playoff series goes and that’s based upon how Z’s feeling. That’s the timeframe where the doctor had said around eight weeks that he would start giving him some clearance to do some things. Now it depends on how he heals. Eight weeks is probably around the middle of the first round.”
And, regarding Ericsson:
“He can skate whenever,” Holland said. “I know he told me that the doctor told him in the first couple of weeks they don’t want him training and working out for the risk of infection. I know he’s been working hard off ice now, or ramped up the off-ice at some point in time. Skating is not an issue because his injury is a finger.”
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