Updated at 12:16 AM: Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill spoke with the media after the Wings’ 1-0 loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday, and I listened in on 97.1 the Ticket…to rather disturbingly hear Blashill tell the media that Mike Green’s neck injury was a long-term issue dating back to last year, which could flare up with the “wrong type of hit.”
According to Blashill, the Red Wings had hoped that Green would be able to play through the injury through the balance of the season, but he was definitely going to need surgery (the same doctor that performed the discectomy on Henrik Zetterberg will perform a similar procedure on Green), and that’s why he wasn’t traded.
#RedWings Blashill said they’ll use their final @griffinshockey call-up on a defenseman, with Green out rest of the season. Didn’t say who and didn’t know exactly when. He said Howard will start Saturday at @MapleLeafs
— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) March 23, 2018
blashill says #RedWings will call up defenseman from GR.
did not say whom.
howard starts in turrana.
— gregg krupa (@greggkrupa) March 23, 2018
Who would you prefer to see the Wings recall, Joe Hicketts or Filip Hronek? I’m guessing Hicketts will come as the Griffins kind of need Hronek’s offense to make the playoffs.
Also, no surprise here:
#RedWings Blashill on whether Coreau will get more starts: “We’ll take that on a game by game basis. Jimmy Howard will play in Toronto.”
— Dana Wakiji (@Dwakiji) March 23, 2018
Update: the Free Press’s Helene St. James took note of Blashill’s remarks:
Green, 32, missed seven games from Feb. 17-28. The injury appeared at a time the Wings had hoped to flip the pending unrestricted free agent for draft picks. The Wings disclosed the details of Green’s injury to interested teams, who were wary as Green dealt with the same injury last season.
“This dates back to a year ago,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “He’s played through it. We knew at some point this was inevitable. We were hoping he was going to be able to get through it. There were different times throughout the year where if he took the wrong hit, it created the symptoms.
“I know there are some wondering why Green wasn’t traded – well, this is why. Because teams knew that if he took the wrong hit, he might be out.”