Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Ailing Wings D-men (update)
By Victoria Matiash
UPDATE: Seriously, defensemen are dropping like flies in Detroit. According to Ansar Khan of MLive.com, Ian White will miss the next two to three weeks following surgery on his lacerated thigh. White went under the knife Wednesday morning.
However, the Detroit Red Wings seem willing to stick with their current assembly for now. And Jakub Kindl is due back for Friday's tilt with the Minnesota Wild.
UPDATE: Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports the Detroit Red Wings have signed UFA defenseman Kent Huskins to a one-year, one-way deal.
UPDATE: According to the Detroit Free Press, Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland said he is working on signing a veteran and hopes to use the defenseman in Tuesday's home opener against the Dallas Stars. Holland doesn't care to identify the player until the deal is official.
Members of the Detroit Red Wings' blue line are falling hurt left, right, and center.
With Jakub Kindl already on the injured shelf and Jonathan Ericsson considered iffy for the Red Wings' home opener Tuesday, Carlo Colaiacovo is the latest defenseman to fall hurt. Colaiacovo -- who has an extensive history of injury in the NHL -- could be out a while after wrecking his shoulder during Monday's 4-3 shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. (MLive.com)
"Yeah, it doesn't look like it's any time soon." coach Mike Babcock answered, when asked if Colaiacovo will be out for weeks.
While Brian Lashoff is expected to continue filling in, the Wings may recall another defenseman from the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins (ie. veteran Nathan Paetsch, young Adam Almquist) . At least until Ericsson and Kindl are back to form. Otherwise, Wings GM Ken Holland will have to bring in another body via trade or free agency.