Handful of Updates
In what is going to be the longest offseason in Detroit Red Wings recent history since 2006, there are still things happening that will affect the team going forward.
After losing their matchup against the Nashville Predators, the Red Wings heard good news from Patrick Eaves, who suffered a broken jaw and concussion in November from a slapshot to the face. Eaves, who's future looked bleak halfway through the season, is recovering well and is even skating on his own. The Red Wings could have used his tenacity and grit in the playoffs. Remember his scrap in 2010?
Eaves said he hasn't taken in a full practice yet, but skated with the Black Aces; call ups from Grand Rapids during the playoffs, and is certain he will be ready for the start of next season, which is great news for the Wings.
Two more Red Wings were added to the list of World Championship competitors when Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall accepted invites from Russia and Sweden, respectively. They join Swedes Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen and Jonathan Ericsson, Americans Jimmy Howard and Justin Abdelkader, Slovakian Tomas Tatar, and Valtteri Filppula of Finland.
Kindl Dropped From Czechs
Defenceman Jakub Kindl has been dropped from the Czech Republic team in favour of Jakub Krejcik, a 20 year old who played with Slavia Praha HC last season. A comment from MLive.com tells the story of how some fans are feeling about Kindl:
It's a legit question to ask - when will Kindl be ready? If he can't make the Czech Republic over Krejcik, it isn't a good sign.
Cleary to Have Surgery
Dan Cleary will undergo surgery to his left knee after playing almost the whole year on it. Add on some broken ribs in training camp and the year didn't go so well for him. He palyed through the pain until it sidelined him at the end of the year and had to take pain injections in the playoffs. Cleary went into some detail on the extent of his pain, saying, "There are some tears in there, loose cartilage, some bone on bone, a lot of fluid – the build-up of fluid was a major issue, so I'm hoping that we can get it resolved."
It doesn't take a doctor to show that it's a major problem. Cleary expects to be ready for training camp in September.