The roster crunch at forward could be back on for the Detroit Red Wings, as Patrick Eaves appears ready to return from sprains to his MCL and ankle. Eaves explained what happened to Detroit’s official website:
I was just standing in front of the net tipping the puck and two guys were battling behind me and one guy laid on my leg. I didn’t even see it. I just felt him. My leg was pinned underneath me. I couldn’t get him off me.
He was slated to begin the season as the fourth-line center for the Wings, but adding him to the long-term injured reserve gave Detroit some much needed cap flexibility. On top of that, his absence allowed youngsters like Tomas Tatar to step into the lineup for some valuable playing time.
While Eaves may be ready to go now, he isn’t eligible to return until October 26 since he was placed on the LTIR. Players on that particular list must sit out for at least 10 games and 24 days.
Once he’s ready to return, the Wings could have bigger problems to deal with than who will be the No. 4 center though.
If/when Patrick Eaves returns Oct 26 as projected, the Wings will be one player over the 23 man roster limit. If my math is correct, that…
— Rob Benneian (@robbenneian) October 10, 2013
It could be an interesting couple of weeks for General Manager Ken Holland and Detroit’s brass as they try to figure out who should stay and who should go.