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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: Detroit Red Wings

Written by Alex Paul and can be followed on twitter at @AKaserman1991

Sabres-deadlineWith the trade deadline quickly approaching, the Detroit Red Wings should be relatively quiet once again.

Before the Olympic freeze the Wings started to find a groove, going 3-1-1, and the regulation loss coming against Tampa. It seemed though at the time that every team chasing that 8th and final playoff spot, Columbus, Ottawa, Philadelphia, and Washington just could not lose. Detroit managed to follow suit and find themselves in the final spot, 6 points behind Toronto and Montreal, and 7 points behind Tampa.

The big problem thus far for Detroit is all of their injuries. Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Weiss, Franzen, and Howard have all missed significant time. As soon as one is about to return it seems like another one is going down. When the season started the LTIR was used just to get cap compliant because they were right at the threshold, and have been there all year. With all these big names out, it has given a chance for the young guys to come up a little prematurely for Detroit’s standards, but it looks like they will be just fine in the show.

So as the injuries continue to stack up, would it make sense for the Wings to make a big splash?

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Injury Notes: Isles, Lightning, Wings, Blue Jackets, Rangers, Capitals, Wild, Leafs, Habs, Preds, Jets, Coyotes, Pens and Ducks

  • Arthur Staple: John Tavares has a knee injury and is done for the Olympics. Initial news on Tavares is not good, could be multiple ligament damage.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos’ timetable is still open ended. The goal for him to is be ready to play against the Predators. He’ll likely have an x-ray on Monday. The best case scenario is that he play on their road trip. Worst case is that he’ll be ready for their homestand starting on March 6th.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg will be flying home on Thursday on an NHL charter. He will be seeing a specialist ASAP.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets Marian Gaborik has been cleared for contact. He’ll start being more physical in practices and is looking to return on Febrary 27th.
  • Pat Leonard: Rangers Mats Zuccarello has a non-displaced fracture in his left hand. He’s heading back to New York tomorrow and will see a doctor in the afternoon. Renaud Lavoie: He should be out for three weeks.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets James Wisniewski (broken pinkie toe) is questionable for practices this week.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Mike Green (concussion), Mikhail Grabovski (left ankle) and Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau) all practiced yesterday. Katie Carrera: Green said he passed his neuropsychological test and expects to play in Florida next week.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild center Mikko Koivu has been clear to practice. He’s been out since January 4th with a broken ankle. Marco Scandella is on his way back from a sprained MCL.
  • Michael Traikos: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland has looked his best since his tendon injury. It is expected that he’ll be back in the lineup on Feb. 27th against the Islanders.
  • Missy Zielinski: Anders Lindback, Ben Bishop and Steven Stamkos all practiced yesterday. Valtteri Filppula (non-displaced fracture right ankle) did not practice. Damian Cristodero: Bishop said that he’ll be ready to go in Nashville on Feb. 27th. His wrist will still be monitored and may have to be addressed in the summer.
  • John Lu: Alex Galchenyuk isn’t sure if he’s been cleared for contact. It was his first skate with the team today. He said that his main issue is getting the dexterity back in his right hand for fine movements like toe drags, etc.
  • Josh Cooper: Predators Pekka Rinne skated for an hour yesterday and looked tired by the end of it.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets defenseman  Tobias Enstrom has a lower-body issue and forward Devin Setoguchi has a bursa sac issue. Both are not serious.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Derek Morris is still out with an upper-body injury.
  • Scott Mitchell: Flames coach Bob Hartley on the Curtis Glencross’s ankle injury: ”He feels better, but, obviously, not good enough to be skating with the team.”
  • Josh Yohe: Penguins Tomas Vokoun has been medically cleared to pay but needs to get into shape.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Johan Franzen practice yesterday and is hoping to be ready to return to the lineup next Wednesday. He’s missed 22 of the last 23 games with a concussion. Stephen Weiss (sports hernia surgery) and Jakub Kindle (lower-body) also expect to be ready.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Viktor Fasth is “fully ready to go.” Stephens thinks he could go on a conditioning stint.

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Injury Notes: Wings, Lightning, Sabres, Preds, Avs, Leafs, Canucks, Rangers, Ducks, Flames and Caps

  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Johan Franzen (concussion symptoms) will not be playing for Sweden at the Olympics.
  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Lightning’s goalie Ben Bishop left last night’s game after being hit in the head by the skate of Nikita Kucherov. Valtteri Filppula also left last night’s game with a lower-body injury after a collision in the second. Both players said they felt better after the game, with Bishop passing the concussion protocol, with his minor headache lessening with time.

    “It didn’t feel very good, a little bit of a headache, but it’s gotten better as the game went on,’’ said Bishop, who reported he has never been diagnosed with a concussion. “No dizziness, but I felt a little weak after I got hit. Hopefully I’ll wake up (Friday) and feel good and be able to practice.’’

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg hopes to return to the lineup tonight. Pavel Datsyuk is still out with his leg injury and will miss his 12th straight game.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres Matt Moulson left last night’s game in the third period after taking a slash/cross-check to the arm. They should know more today.
  • AP on ESPN: Predators Shea Weber is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and didn’t skate yesterday. The Preds play tonight and tomorrow.
  • Mike Chambers: Avs Paul Stastny suffered an ankle injury. Update should come today.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs David Clarkson is still limited by elbow pain. David Alter: Clarkson still needs to have his stitches and staples removed from his elbow. Was to see team doctors again yesterday.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs David Bolland hopes to play before the Olympic break, but isn’t confident that it will happen. Coach Randy Carlyle said it’s “50-50″ that Bolland returns before the break.
  • Matthew Sekeres: Canucks Mike Santorelli will be out five to six months after having shoulder surgery. He is a pending UFA.
  • Mike Vogl: No update on Capitals Mikhail Grabovski as he’s not traveling with team.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Derek Dorsett has been out with broken fibula since Jan. 3rd. It carries a four to six week recovery, so he should be ready to play after the Olympic break.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Nick Bonino is day-to-day. Boudreau thinks that he’ll be able to play before the Olympic break.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames Mike Cammalleri wasn’t ready to go last night.
  • Jim Jamieson: Canucks Tom Sestito practice after only 35 minutes yesterday with what looked like a hip flexor issue.

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Afternoon Hits: Injury Updates, Line Combos and Starting Goalies

  • Chris Johnston: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos said that his leg felt “a lot better” today.
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings put Johan Franzen on the IR after he experienced some concussion symptoms.
  • Bob Duff: The Red Wings activate Joakim Andersson from the IR.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders put Travis Hamonic on the IR and recall Matt Donovan.
  • Anthony SanFilippo: Flyers Vinny Lecavalier is back on the wing. Brayden Schenn is at center. Steve Downie skating with the third line. Michael Raffl moved down to the fourth line.
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers Zac Rinaldo is not wearing a no-contract jersey today. Anthony SanFilippo: Rinaldo is skating but did not take part in line rushes. He could still play though.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Mark Stone skated by himself yesterday. He’s progressing but not ready to practice with the team. Coach Paul MacLean is hopeful that Stone can return before the Olympic break.
  • Don Brennan: Senators defenseman Chris Phillips suffered a minor injury and will be kept out of the lineup tonight.
  • Kristen Odland: Flames Mike Cammalleri (concussion) skated this morning.
  • John Lu: Canadiens lines: Pacioretty/Desharnais/Gallagher Eller/Plekanec/Gionta Leblanc/Brière/Bourque Moen/Bournival/Parros.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel Lupul-Kadri-Kulemin Raymond-Holland-Bodie Ashton-McClement-Orr. Defensive pairings: Gunnarsson-Phaneuf, Gleason-Franson, Gardiner-Rielly.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Nyquist-Andersson-Abdelkader, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Cleary-Helm-Alfredsson, Miller-Glendening-Eaves.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Gibbons, Jokinen-Malkin-Neal, Glass-Sutter-Megna, Pyatt-Adams-Engelland.
  • Allen Panzeri: Senators lines: Condra-Zibanejad- Conacher Michalek-The Franchise-Greening Ryan- Turris-MacArthur Smith-Da Costa-Neil.
  • Sam Carchidi: Steve Mason will start in net for the Flyers.
  • David Alter: Jonathan Bernier will start in net for the Maple Leafs.
  • Joe Yerdon: Jhonas Enroth will start in net for the Sabres.
  • Don Brennan: Curtis McElhinney will start in get for the Blue Jackets.
  • Ken Wiebe: Ondrej Pavelec will start in net for the Jets.
  • Katie Carrera: Braden Holtby will start in net for the Capitals.

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Injury Notes: Stamkos, Giguere, Islanders, Red Wings, Sabres and Couture

  • Joe Yerdon: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos has been cleared for light contact.
  • Adrian Dater: Avalanche’s J.S. Giguere is dealing with back issues.
  • Brett Cyrgalis: Islanders Travis Hamonic, Lubomir Visnovsky and Evgeni Nabokov all skated yesterday morning and could play on Wednesday. Nabokov is probable to be a backup on Monday and play at Yankee Stadium.
  • Helene St. James: The Red Wings are getting healthy. Darren Helm, Jonathan Ericsson and Daniel Alfredsson should be back this week. Johan Franzen and Joakim Andersson are likely for Sunday or Tuesday.  GM Ken Holland said Franzen will be back today. He hasn’t played since December 15th.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres coach Ted Nolan had no update on Ville Leino or Drew Stafford and doesn’t sound like they will be able to go on Monday.
  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News:  Sharks Logan Couturehas started testing out his hand after surgery.

    “I know the guys were ribbing him,” McLellan said. “I know some of the guys told him it looks like he was almost all the way back with his shot already. That’s them playing games with him obviously, but he looks better every day.”

    Couture had the surgery on January 8th, and was expected to be out for three to four weeks.

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Afternoon Hits: Stajan, Waivers, Grubauer, Tarasenko, Hanzal, Dupuis, Mottau, Brunner and Line Combos

  • Elliotte Friedman: Matt Stajan is expected to sign a contract extension with the Flames soon.
  • Renaud Lavoie: On waivers: Cam Janssen (NJ) and Steve Oleksy (WSH).
  • Chuck Gormley: The Capitals send goalie Philipp Grubauer to the AHL.
  • John Kelly: Blues Vladimir Tarasenko is questionable tonight with the flu.
  • George Richards: Panthers defenseman Mike Mottau is on the IR, which allows for Jesse Winchester to return to the lineup. Mottau has been out since December 3rd.
  • NHL Devils PR: Devils Damien Brunner and Peter Harrold are practicing today. Rich Chere: Brunner said his knee injury was his MCL.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Boucher-Zubrus-Jagr; Zubrus-Elias-Brunner; Clowe-Henrique-Ryder; Carter-Gionta-Bernier; Extras: Loktionov, Josefson.
  • Ansar Khan: Nyquist-Zetterbeg-Abdelkader, Jurco-Sheahan-Bertuzzi, Cleary-Glendening-Eaves. Samuelsson also skating. Pavel Datsyuk, Daniel Alfredsson and Joakim Andersson not practicing. Johan Franzen is skating but is not ready to return to the lineup.
  • John Vogl: Sabres lines: Moulson-Ennis-Stafford, Ott-Hodgson-Omark, Foligno-Flynn-Girgensons, Scott-Leino-Ellis. Buffalo Sabres: Defenseman at practice:  Ehrhoff, McBain, McNabb, Myers, Pysyk, Sulzer, Tallinder, Weber.
  • Roger Millions: Sharks lines: Pavelski thornton Burns-Nieto Marleau Wingels-Kearns Desjardins Kennedy- Sheppard McCarthy Hayes/Brown.
  • Mike Heika: Stars lines: Roussel-Seguin-Peverley, Benn-Eakin-Chiasson, Cole-Fiddler-Garbutt, Jeffrey-Horcoff-Whitney.
  • George Richards: Looking like it will be Scott Clemmensen against Marc-Andre Fleury.

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Injury Notes: Hamilton, Parise, Rome, Bortuzzo, Franzen, Neal, Allen, Dwyer, Fasth, Harding and Hemsky

  • Joe McDonald: Bruins coach Claude Julien on Dougie Hamilton’s concussion: ”He’ll be out for a little bit, but we don’t anticipate it being too, too long.”
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Zach Parise skated yesterday morning with assistant coach Darby Hendrickson.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars coach Lindy Ruff said that defenseman Aaron Rome (lower-body) will be out for a bit.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins Roberto Bortuzzo thinks he has been cleared to play on Wednesday.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Johan Franzen said he’s still experiencing dizziness and is not feeling good. Status for Thursday is uncertain.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins James Neal’s injury is not related to his previous injury according to coach Dan Bylsma.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Bryan Allen (lower-body) practiced yesterday.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Patrick Dwyer (lower-body) and Drayson Bowman (lower-body) should be ready to return by Saturday.
  • Dan Wood: Ducks Viktor Fasth (lower-body) is expected to start skating this week or next week.
  • Helene Elliott: Kings defenseman Matt Greene is out with an upper-body injury.
  • Chad Graff: Wild’s Josh Harding practiced yesterday and hopes to do so today.
  • Rob Tychkowski: Oilers Ales Hemsky’s ankle is badly swollen, but x-rays didn’t show a break. He’s doubtful for Minnesota.

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Injury Notes: Wild, Canucks, Wings, Sharks, Avs, Habs, Flames, Lightning, Isles, Jackets and Flyers

  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Mikko Koivu had ankle surgery and will be out for at least a month.
  • Elliott Pap: James Duthie on TSN said that Roberto Luongo had an MRI on his ankle and that “early indications are not serious.” Dan Murphy: Hearing that the specialist has confirmed that there is no real damage to Luongo’s ankle. Sounding like he could be able to start skating once he’s pain free. Renaud Lavoie: Luongo should be out for seven to 14 days.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Johan Franzen has been cleared to practice. He’s been out with a concussion since Dec. 15th. He’s possible for the weekend.
  • Bob McKenzie: Hearing that Sharks Logan Couture has an injury issue, but sense is that he should be okay for the Olympics. David Pollak: Confirms that Couture has an injury. He’s basically been off the ice except for games. Pierre LeBrun: Couture will have surgery tomorrow on his hand and is expected to miss three to four weeks. Olympics are still a possibility.
  • Colorado Avalanche: Alex Tanguay skated this morning and the session went well. He is scheduled to skate again today.
  • Brian Wilde: Canadiens Ryan White will be out two weeks.
  • Roger Millions: Flames David Jones suffered an eye injury on Friday and could be out for a while.
  • Mike Chambers: Avalanche defenseman Nate Guenin is out with an ankle injury.
  • Brent Wallace: Senators Chris Neil will travel with the team, with hope that he’ll be ready by the end of the trip.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Ben Bishop is listed as day-to-day. He said that he was originally hurt by a pregame shot and re-aggravated it when his stick got caught between Johnson’s legs.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Valtteri Filppula and J.T. Brown could return against the Jets. Brown’s right shoulder injury is more questionable.
  • Mike Heika: Islanders Evgeni Nabokov left last night’s game. He originally tried to stay in, but had to leave. NY Islanders: The Islanders put Nabokov on the IR with a lower-body injury and recall Anders Nilsson on an emergency basis.
  • Brian Wilde: Canadiens Carey Price confirmed he tweaked his groin a bit in the first.
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers Michael Raffl might return tonight.

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Afternoon Hits: Waivers, Ryan, Avalanche, Stars, Penguins, Red Wings and Maple Leafs

  • Michael Russo: The Sabres claim Zenon Konopka off waivers from the Wild.
  • Kevin Allen: Team USA GM David Poile said that Brian Burke had Bobby Ryan on his final ballot. Michael Russo: “Poile says criticism is part of what goes on behind every closed door in every managerial meeting. It just usually doesn’t get out.”
  • David Strehle: The NHL has nothing schedule at this time with regards to Avalanche winger Gabriel Landeskog’s hit on Flyers Michael Raffl that gave him a concussion.
  • Shelly Anderson: Both Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang won’t play tonight. Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. It is a suspected groin injury.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Darren Helm (groin) and Johan Franzen (concussion) didn’t practice.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Neal Jokinen-Sutter-Gibbons Pyatt-Vitale-Adams Glass-Sill-Engelland/Kobasew.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel, Raymond-Kadri-Lupul, Kulemin-McClement-Clarkson, D’Amigo-Holland-Orr-McLaren.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Nyquist-Zetterberg-Alfredsson, Abdelkader-Samuelsson (holding Datsyuk’s spot)-Bertuzzi, Miller-Andersson-Tatar.

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Afternoon Hits: Schenn, Lecavalier, Tootoo, Hedman, Staal, Fiddler, Clowe, Backes and more

  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Max Fortunus cleared waivers and will remain with the team for now.
  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers Brayden Schenn will play tonight. Vincent Lecavalier said he had his best day on the ice and hopes to be back quicker than two weeks. Adam Kimelman: Schenn said his neck and upper back are a little sore, but there are no other restrictions.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Jordin Tootoo will replace Mikael Samuelsson in the lineup tonight.
  • Missy Zielinski: Victor Hedman will return to the lineup. Tom Pyatt should be ready to return on Saturday.
  • Carolina Hurricanes: Hurricanes Eric Staal missed practice today with the flu, but should be able to go tomorrow.
  • Mike Heika: Stars Vernon Fiddler (upper-body) skated hard this morning. He hopes to take part in a full practice on Friday and be available for Saturday.
  • Rich Chere: Devils Ryane Clowe is practicing on a line with Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr.
  • Andy Strickland: Blues David Backes skated this morning, he’s still day-to-day.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Justin Abdelkader skated this morning. Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist are not skating. Jimmy Howard was on the ice, but is not ready to practice yet.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Danny DeKeyser will see a doctor today and hopes to get clearance to play on Saturday. He is still on their LTIR.
  • Paul Hendrick: Maple Leafs Colton Orr is skating with the team for the first time in two weeks.
  • Paul Hendrick: Jonathan Bernier will start in net for the Leafs.

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Injury Notes: Boll, Fiddler, Franzen, Getzlaf and Schenn … Video of nasty hits taken by Getzlaf and Schenn

  • Stephen Whyno: Blue Jackets Jared Boll will be out three to four months after surgery to repair a torn tendon in his ankle.
  • Dallas Stars: The Stars have put Vernon Fiddler on the IR and recall Cameron Gaunce.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Johan Franzen is having concussion symptoms and there is no timetable for his return.
  • Ducks Ryan Getzlaf took the below hit from Red Wings Kyle Quincey. Getzlaf left the game for a bit after some teeth went through part of his mouth, but he did return.

  • Flyers Braydon Schenn left last night’s game after being hit by Capitals Tom Wilson.
  • Frank Seravalli: “B. Schenn turned into boards to spin away from incoming Tom Wilson hit, but was in that dangerous 2-foot-away-from-boards zone.” Schenn goes face first into the boards. Wilson got a five-minutes for charging, five for fighting and a game misconduct.
  • Do you think Wilson SHOULD be suspended? How many games do you think he WILL he get?

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Injury Notes: Penguins, Bruins, Avalanche, Devils, Blue Jackets, Kings, Red Wings, Blues and the Stars

  • Joe Haggerty: Source saying Jarome Iginla has been cleared to play tonight against the Flames.
  • Colorado Avalanche: Patrick Roy said that Alex Tanguay (knee/hip) could start skating next week. Ryan Wilson won’t go on their road trip.
  • Adrian Dater: Patrick Roy said that defenseman Ryan Wilson needs more time to deal.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Steven Gionta could return to the lineup on Wednesday. Ryane Clowe hopes to be able to return before Christmas. Randy Miller: Devils coach Peter DeBoer said that Clowe looked good in his first full contact practice.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Richards on Sergei Bobrovsky: ”He’s progressing right now. We’re hoping we can get him out on the ice sometime next week.”
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said that Rob Scuderi is seven to nine days away. Tanner Glass is three to five days away.
  • Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider: Kings Willie Mitchell didn’t finish Saturday’s game and did not play on Sunday. The LA Times said he was sick and remained at the hotel on Sunday.

    “He got hit. It was nothing. It was like an upper-body, and it was not serious, and then when we went to have our meeting he was sick, so we just told him to stay at the hotel,” he said.

    Rosen points out that nausea and vomiting are among the symptoms of concussions.

  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Dalton Prout left last night’s game with an upper body injury.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Derek McKenzie didn’t re-aggravate his back. His latest lower-body injury is not believed to be serious.
  • Rob Rossi: Penguins Jayson Megna is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and likely out their next game.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that David Backes is day-to-day. (ME: upper-body injury, looked like possible concussion)
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars defenseman Aaron Rome is out with a lower-body injury.

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