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Wakiji updates Thomas Vanek’s status

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji updates Thomas Vanek's status:

Thomas Vanek has been skating with the team for several days now and is eligible to come off long-term injured reserve after Friday's game.

"I feel pretty good," Vanek said. "I've skated all week. So far no setbacks. Every day I'm trying to do more and more and so far, so good."

Vanek has missed the last nine games because of a hip injury. "I felt a little something before the Carolina game already," Vanek said. "I think I just hurt it a little bit worse at the end of the game. I just tried it and it didn't feel good."

Despite missing so much time, Vanek remains the Wings' fourth leading scorer with eight points.

"Of course it was frustrating," Vanek said. "As a team and myself, I felt good about my game and how our line was going. Again, even back then I thought maybe I'll sit out a game and be back in a week. It got worse, so it was frustrating."

Wakiji continues, and as she notes, Vanek will return on Sunday vs. Calgary if all goes well...

Update: MLive's Ansar Khan also weighed in...

Detroit Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek has been skating for a while, feels good and believes he'll be ready to play Sunday when he's eligible to come off long-term injured reserve.

"So far no setbacks," Vanek said. "Every day I'm trying to do more and more and so far, so good."

Vanek believes he'll be in peak form that first game against the Calgary Flames at Joe Louis Arena.

"As far as skating and stuff I feel real good," he said. "The adjustment is always it's a fast game we play. I try to (simulate) that as much as I can in practice so hopefully it won't take me long to get back in the swing of it."

Vanek has missed nine games with a strained hip.

Video of Vanek's comments included:

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