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Wings fans, prepare to say something which rhymes with, “Slow ship” regarding Patrick Eaves

Am I allowed to swear on this blog? Because I sure feel like doing so right now…

I’m penning a Red Wings-Canucks overnight report in the middle of the night, trying to balance this, that and the other thing on the head of a pin, but as I scrolled through the Wings’ notebooks, RedWingsFeed on Twitter, a.k.a. Mike Serven, and I had the same thought as the Free Press’s Helene St. James mentioned that a player the Wings really hope will return down the stretch is having “complications” of a highly concerning variety as he attempts to recover from a broken jaw suffered a little over two months ago:

Assistant general manager Jim Nill said forward Patrick Eaves, out since Nov. 26 after breaking his jaw, is suffering from concussion-like symptoms and remains out indefinitely.

Update: MLive’s Ansar Khan filed a middle-of-the-night report about Eaves’ condition, too:

Patrick Eaves’ fractured jaw has healed, but the Detroit Red Wings fear he might have a concussion, so they have no idea when he can resume skating. Eaves has been out since getting hit in the ear by a shot from Nashville’s Roman Josi on Nov. 26. He had surgery two days later and was expected to miss six-to-eight weeks. But he has already been out 10 weeks.

“I don’t think he’s doing great,’’ general manager Ken Holland said. “Right now there’s no timetable (for his return). I’m not optimistic anytime soon.’‘

Eaves has not been cleared to work-out off-ice, Holland said.

“It’s got nothing to do with the jaw; he got hit in the head and he just doesn’t feel right,’’ Holland said. “Possibly, he could have a concussion. We just told him there’s no need to come to the rink until you feel good.’‘

Eaves has stopped by Joe Louis Arena at least a couple of times to see his teammates. Drew Miller, one of his close friends on the team, said he saw Eaves riding the stationary bike briefly to see how it felt.

“From what I gathered, it’s moving in a positive direction, so that was good to see him around the rink a little bit,’’ Miller said. “I don’t know any time frame and I don’t think he really had one.’‘

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MsRedWinger's avatar

Oh George, what depressing news.  It was pretty clear something was wrong.  Eaves is such a great kid and hard worker, I hate to hear this.  I hope it’s something that resolves soon.  It must be so hard for him not being able to play during this exciting season.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 02/03/12 at 11:22 AM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Poor guy just can’t catch a break (no pun intended) on the injury front, which is a damned shame because he’s a good player and would bolster the bottom-6 pretty well.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 02/03/12 at 02:22 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

what rhymes with ship?

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/03/12 at 04:12 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Assistant general manager Jim Nill said forward Patrick Eaves, out since Nov. 26 after breaking his jaw, is suffering from concussion-like symptoms and remains out indefinitely.

Oh man.  And he was having a career revival with the Wings.

Godspeed, Mr. Eaves.  Sure would love to have you in the lineup.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 02/03/12 at 04:25 PM ET

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That explains it.

“From what I gathered, it’s moving in a positive direction, so that was good to see him around the rink a little bit,’’ Miller said.

I’m choosing to be optimistic and believe this is just a minor setback and he’ll be back before he’s needed.

Posted by bleep bloop on 02/03/12 at 08:07 PM ET

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