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by Paul on 02/21/14 at 12:32 PM ET
Updated 12x at 2:37 PM, and the resume of Zetterberg's operating physician, Dr. Frank Cammisa, Jr., is impressive: Big news and kind-of-sort-of-good news from MLive's Ansar Khan:
The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness confirms:
Update: Niklas Kronwall spoke with Aftonbladet's Per Bjurman about Zetterberg (whose $6.08 million cap hit will obviously go on the LTIR, freeing up some space for the Wings to make a move if necessary, even with Stephen Weiss and Johan Franzen healthy):
The Tre Kronor had to work without their captain and undisputed leader Henrik Zetterberg in the semifinal against Finland--in two senses.
Not only was he forcd to leave Sochi and fly home to the U.S. with his injured back previously, but he also got on the operating table as soon as he landed in New York and couldn't continue.
"He sent a text and told me he'd be sedated during the entire game, but he wished us luck and said he wanted to wake up and see that we won. It feels good that we could give it to him," says his friend Niklas Kronwall.
Otherwise, Zata didn't say much to the team before he flew home.
"He and I talked a lot during the week, but when he left, it was pretty hasty, so he had to check in briefly," said Kronwall.
How long Zetterberg will be out is unclear, but it's been said that this kind of back surgery requires 6-8 weeks of rehabilitation, and in that case he won't be able to play until a possible playoff game in mid-April.
"It went very, very well,” Red Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin said. “They removed part of a disc that was rubbing on a nerve. It was what they thought it was. The recovery process looks very, very positive.”
It’s believed that Zetterberg will need eight weeks to recover, which means he could return during the first round of the playoffs, if the Red Wings qualify.
But Martin said there’s a chance Zetterberg could return before the playoffs. He said Zetterberg was expected to be up and walking today.
“It’s a really good sign,” Martin said. “They feel confident this procedure will help in the long term.”
Update #3: St. James confirms:
And St. James:
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