Henrik Zetterberg flew home from Sochi Russia on Thursday and Ansar Khan reported that he underwent surgery today in order to relieve his pain.
Red Wings’ Henrik Zetterberg had surgery today to remove part of disc in his back. Team said it went well. Might be out 8 weeks but not sure
— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) February 21, 2014
If Zetterberg is out for eight weeks like Khan suggests then it means he will miss the rest of the NHL season, but he could make a return in the playoffs, if the Red Wings can make it in without their captain.
He could possibly return before the eight week mark, but I doubt Zetterberg to rush to return from back surgery and I do not think the Red Wings will push him to do so. The only way Zetterberg would return before the eight week mark is if Zetterberg, the doctors, and the Red Wings all agree he is healthy enough to play and cannot re-aggravate his injury.
More pressure will be placed on Daniel Alfredsson, Pavel Datsyuk, and Niklas Kronwall to lead the team on and off the ice. More pressure will be placed on Stephen Weiss, who has disappointed this season, to step up and produce for the team, along with the young guns, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco, as well.
Losing Henrik Zetterberg is a huge blow for the Red Wings; they will sorely miss his work ethic and skill on the ice.
The Detroit Red Wings are not the same team without Henrik Zetterberg on the ice, but they will find a way to adapt and continue to win games.
Get well soon, Henrik.