February 9, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings players celebrate after the game against the Edmonton Oilers at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings Roster Update


If you are prone to fits of Red Wing related depression or drinking, there is a little red “X” at the top right hand side of your screen; I suggest you press it now.

The Red Wings were finally starting to get healthy until Wednesday, February 13th. The Wings now have seven players on Injured Reserve, one day-to-day, and one in Grand Rapids on a conditioning stint.

Of the seven players on IR only Mikael Samuelsson (groin), Jan Mursak (shoulder), and Johan Franzen (hip flexor) are close to returning to the ice.

Todd Bertuzzi (back), Darren Helm (back), Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder), and Brendan Smith (shoulder) are all weeks away from returning to the line-up. Bertuzzi’s back has been so bad that he was hospitalized and surgery is on the table.

Pavel Datsyuk was injured in the loss against the Blues. The Red Wings are calling it an upper-body injury and it is not know how long he will be out. The Red Wings record without Datsyuk in the line-up is terrible to say the least.

Jonas Gustavsson has been sent to Grand Rapids on a conditioning stint in order to recover from his groin injury. He will start on Sunday, leaving a few more games for Petr Mrazek at the NHL level.

Because of all these injuries the Red Wings have had to call up a lot of Grand Rapids Griffins, which most Wings fans are not against. The latest Griffin call-up was Gustav Nyquist, who showed a lot of promise last season with the Wings and has the 4th most points in the AHL this year. Nyquist was called up because of Datysuk’s injury and while Wings fans are excited to see him play, it cost the Wings an insanely talented forward.

The other Griffins in the line-up; Tomas Tatar, Joakim Andersson, and Brian Lashoff have all stepped up to the challenge and earned their spot with the Red Wings, at least for the time being.

Current NHL Roster

Forwards

Daniel Cleary - Henrik Zetterberg - Damien Brunner

Justin Abdelkader - Valtteri Filppula - Gustav Nyquist

Patrick Eaves - Joakim Andersson - Tomas Tatar

Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo

Pavel Datsyuk

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall - Brian Lashoff

Jonathan Ericsson - Ian White

Jakub Kindl Kyle Quincey

Kent Huskins

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

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