There’s a lot of to discuss from the past twenty-four hours, but first… some pleasantries.
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Back to business.
First of all, Patrick Eaves was taken off of the ice on a stretcher last night after blocking a shot taken by Nashville Predator rookie Roman Josi. Somehow the puck got some elevation and made contact with the right side of Eaves’ head, right around the ear. After the game, it was discovered that his jaw was fractured, which certainly explains the pain it looked like he was in on the ice, and he was going to be held overnight for observation before determining if he would need surgery. This morning, the team let us know that he will, in fact, need surgery to repair his jaw and he will be out 6-8 weeks. He’s scheduled to return somewhere around mid-January. He has not yet been placed on LTIR, though I’m sure he may be to make roster moves a tiny bit easier.
Speaking of roster moves, Fabian Brunnstrom — who was sent down on Tuesday, recalled on Wednesday, sent down on Thursday, and recalled yesterday — was sent down to Grand Rapids for the third time in six days. There’s a Griffins game this afternoon, and the Red Wings likely want to get Bruno some action, since he’s been a healthy scratch fourteen times as a Red Wing. He doesn’t have to clear waivers again: the CBA states that unless a team wishes to place a player on re-entry waivers, that player only has to clear waivers once every thirty days or ten games played. Wednesday, the 30th, would be thirty days since he cleared. So he can be recalled and assigned a million times before then.
Jan Mursak, who has missed all season with a fractured left ankle, is set to return at the end of December or early January. Here’s how things are lining up right now:
13. Brunnstrom (available for recall from Grand Rapids)
14. Mursak (late December)
15. Eaves (mid-January)
FORWARDS AVAILABLE FOR CALL-UP
Like always, feel free to use our Chart to stay up-to-date on assignments, transactions, and injuries — not to mention everything you could ever need to know about contracts and former Red Wings playing elsewhere, etc.
**A minor tangentially-Red Wings-related note: Griffins defenseman and captain Garnet Exelby has been suspended for one game for a “spearing incident” against Oklahoma City on Friday. Exelby is on contract with the Red Wings, but between Smith and Janik, he was a long-shot for a recall at any point during the season anyway. Gleason Fournier, also on contract, was recalled from Toledo to take Exelby’s spot.