Today started off great. Tickets for the Winter Classic went on sale and the Wings are on top of their division. A Toronto loss would secure that for a bit and the Wings are gearing up for their first game against Ottawa this year with all sorts of hype around Daniel Alfredsson playing against the Senators for the first time. It’s easy to be excited about everything going on. Especially how much Alfredsson has been scoring. Until I picked him up for my fantasy team that is…
There was a lot of news about injuries and roster moves so I thought I’d do my best to summarize it all. First, Kronwall.
Awesome! After the McLeod hit, things could be much worse for Kronwall. This could be the first time in recent memory an injured player returns before a suspended player. Kronwall said a lot about his injury, specifically that he was more to blame than McLeod. Kronwall said he put himself in a vulnerable position and handled it with way more class then I did. It’s great to see him in good shape, and even though the Wings did ok without him, a roster with Kronwall is always better than a roster without Kronwall. But wait… Why would Xavier Ouellet, who did rather well last night against the Sharks, still be in the line up if Kronwall is healthy?
Oh. That would explain it. According to what’s being written about the latest blow to the Wings defense Ericsson was out last night to due to his girlfriend/fiance/whatever giving birth to their child. Some thought it was a bad idea to give him the game off for that. Those people are dumb. There’s plenty of hockey games to be played, your daughter only gets born once. Shape up dummies! Either way, Ericsson suffered a shoulder injury against Phoenix, attended to his soon-to-be wife (I think) and child, THEN had the MRI for his shoulder. That’ll be a cool story to be told once his daughter is older.
Well at least there aren’t any other injuries to report on and Detroit’s strong forward corps is on it’s way to getting stronger with the addition of Darren Helm!
As of this writing there’s no word on whether or not he suffered another setback. (Update: He totally did.)Possibly hurting his groin/knee/back/ego again would not be a good thing. Glendening has already been sent back to the minors, so there’s preparations made to have Helm back in the line up, as he’s been conditioning with the Grand Rapids Griffins. Hopefully he can center the forth line and gradually work his way back into the line up.
This has also lead to a tremendous amount of speculation about the Wings making moves to free up space. Specifically, Tootoo is being shopped around. Some speculation about Eaves, or maybe Miller being moved elsewhere as well. I wouldn’t expect much of a return on anything the Wings move, because if I can figure out that they really need to make a move then I’m pretty sure every GM in the league can figure it out too.
So to summarize, Defense will feature #1 Danny “Guy John Always Liked” DeKeyser and will probably continue to feature XO and Brendan “Guy John Never Liked” Smith. Ericsson gone 2-3 weeks, Kronwall probably back tomorrow. Helm possibly injured, trades very likely. Man that’s a downer. I’ll leave you with this.