With the trade deadline on the horizon, the Detroit Red Wings were looking to be one of the bigger sellers. However, one of those key pieces they were planning on selling will no longer be available as today, head coach Jeff Blashill announced that Bobby Ryan would be out for the remainder of the season with an upper-body injury.
The 34-year-old winger was having a decent season for the Red Wings with 14 points in 33 games. He had missed the last six games since leaving their March 28th game agaisnt the Columbus Blue Jackets, but had returned to practice and hoped to return soon. He was going to be one of the more sought-after assets for Steve Yzerman to deal come the April 12th trade deadline.
Blashill said in his post-practice media session that Bobby Ryan had been progressing after dealing with “a little bit of a back issue most of the season”. Unfortunately, practicing aggravated what started as minor injuries and will lead to his absence from the Red Wings lineup for the remainder of the year.
Injuries have hampered the Red Wings all season long. They’ve been without winger and former all-star Tyler Bertuzzi since later January. Bertuzzi is still yet to return to practice. They also will once again be without Robby Fabbri this weekend, who is tied for the team lead in goals (10). He has now missed 12 games this season due to COVID protocols and injury, but leads the Red Wings in points per game.
Added to this list is Patrik Nemeth and Sam Gagner, who will both once again be out with injuries against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. If any positive can come out of these injuries, it’s that younger guys such as Evgeny Svechnikov are getting into higher positions in the lineup full time. Unfortunately for the Red Wings and Bobby Ryan, it comes just when they need him on the ice the most.
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