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Ted Lindsay talks about the Red Wings’ Alums and about not playing in the Winter Classic Alumni game

This merits its own entry: Red Wings legend Ted Lindsay spoke to the Wings’ website about the Red Wings’ Alumni Association’s agenda while speaking very briefly about the Winter Classic. Lindsay absolutely despised the Toronto Maple Leafs, but he tells the Wings’ website that back surgery will prevent the 87-year-old from playing in the Winter Classic Alumni game:

Gordie Howe can’t theoretically play, either, due to wrist surgery and bad knees, and Steve Yzerman’s stated that he won’t attend given that he hasn’t skated since he retired due to his osteotomy, but something tells me that we might see the trio do a one-shift

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Crater's avatar

I wonder what the real reason for Yzerman not being on the ice is? I’m surprised he doesn’t skate with his team at least to direct drills. I’m not a doctor so I don’t know all what was done to his leg, but if he can walk around on it i’d think he could skate. Sure, he couldn’t go all out and be in a a corner working the puck, but at least get out there on skates.

It’d be that scene where Emilio skates again for the first time in the first Mighty Ducks. Emotional Flash backs.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 03/14/12 at 03:58 PM ET

Norskirama's avatar

Why would Stevie be on the ice doing drills?  He is the GM and not the coach.

Posted by Norskirama from Lincoln, Nebraska on 03/14/12 at 04:13 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

No, he can’t skate, which is the whole point. When he puts skates on, his femur and tibia/fibula grind on each other bone on bone, so it’s incredibly painful for him to skate.

Aside from the fact that he’s a GM and has no business being on the ice to direct drills, he has no PCL in his knee, which is the ligament which prevents the thigh from grinding on the tibia, he’s ACL and MCL have been extensively repaired and reconstructed, but aren’t anywhere near “normal,” and while the osteotomy realigned his leg, he had the procedure done in 02 because the crest of his tibia had already been ground down significantly from bone-on-bone grinding every time he took a stride.

His knee’s still an absolute mess, and while he can engage in some basic exercise, the osteotomy he underwent literally prevents him from running, period, and he probably does most of his exercise on a bike or an elliptical machine. IN all reality, he’s putting off a total knee replacement, and he should have that surgery done sooner than later.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/14/12 at 04:17 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Thanks, George.  I figured it’s the osteotomy that is preventing him from returning to the ice.  It’s generally an elderly population operation but it was so unusual for him to undergo the procedure in his young age and come back to play.  As far as I know, he’s the only athlete in any sport to have that operation and then continue to play.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 03/14/12 at 04:26 PM ET


You hate Albom, but…

What they did to Steve Yzerman last summer, you wouldn’t wish on a prisoner. They cut his leg bone with a saw, then chiseled it until a path was opened. They wedged that path wider with a fork-like device, then inserted a steel plate, then tightened that plate with screws, then packed it with spare bone material. Then they woke him up.

They call this medicine.

“Osteotomy” is its official name, and if you’re lucky and you fully recover, you have less pain as you walk your grandkids to school. You are not supposed to resume an NHL career.

“We didn’t do it so Steve could return to playing hockey,” his surgeon, Dr. Peter Fowler, told the Free Press. “We did it so Steve could return to walking without pain.”


The purpose of an osteotomy is to redistribute the weight. And in many ways, that’s what the Wings must do now, too. Yzerman is back, and he can always be their heart and soul, but he can’t be their legs.

Then he turns tacky:

But when doctors chart an osteotomy, the first thing they do is draw a line from the ankles to the hips. And that was their mistake.

With Yzerman, they should have drawn it to his heart.

Posted by Herm from the office on 03/14/12 at 04:51 PM ET

Crater's avatar

Duh. Brain fart on the GM/Coach bit. Knew that sounded off when I wrote it. Too much late night allergies keeping me up.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 03/14/12 at 05:06 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Love you Ted!

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 03/14/12 at 05:31 PM ET

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