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Bertuzzi added to list of injured players (lower body); Tootoo recalled from Grand Rapids

DETROIT >> The Detroit Red Wings are getting quite close to being able to dress a pretty good team from just their injured guys alone.

And they added another one to that roster Saturday, Todd Bertuzzi.

Bertuzzi will miss Sunday’s game in Chicago with a lower-body injury. He’s listed as day-to-day.

“If they’re hurt, they’re hurt,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said after practice at Joe Louis Arena. “That’s why I don’t make those decisions. Getting ready for the summer isn’t a priority. We need guys back so I can we get them back.”

Detroit recalled Jordin Tootoo from Grand Rapids to replace Bertuzzi in the lineup.

“All I can say is we can use anyone available,” Babcock said.

Tootoo has played in 10 games this season with the Wings. He’s got no goals, one assist, a minus-5 and five penalty minutes. In 38 games with the Griffins, he’s got four goals, 10 assists and 74 penalty minutes. He’s also a minus-2.

Bertuzzi is the 10th player that’s injured on the Wings’ roster, joining the likes of Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Tomas Jurco (broken rib), Joakim Andersson (broken foot), Jonas Gustavsson (groin) Daren Helm (concussion), Stephen Weiss (sports hernia), Daniel Cleary (knee) and Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder).

Datsyuk was shut down for three weeks at the trade deadline and Zetterberg won’t return in the regular season.

The Wings are second in the league in man games lost with 303, behind Pittsburgh (397), according to mangameslost.com.

Helm appeared to be the closest to returning, but suffered another setback Saturday.

“Helmer would have been back in a week ago if it was up to me,” Babcock said. “That’s why I’m not allowed to be involved in that. We have a guy with a broken foot, a broken rib, they’re not coming back. The head one, you never know. We thought (Johan Franzen) was coming back a bunch of times and he didn’t.”

Helm had planned to practice with the team Saturday, but left the ice before drills began.

“I was told he’d be ready to go,” Babcock said. “I don’t know what’s going on with him. There’s no sense getting ready for the summer, we’re playing now. We need guys back.”

Samuelsson ‘extremely’ disappointed he can’t get in Wings’ lineup

DETROIT — After playing 13 games in a row, Mikael Samuelsson has found himself watching in street clothes in six of the last eight games.

“It’s extremely disappointing,” Samuelsson said. “It’s out of my hands. I’m disappointed I can’t be in the lineup.”

Samuelsson, who’s played in 21 games this season, has one goal and three assists. He’s also a minus-5.

“Score more,” Samuelsson said when asked what he needs to do to get back in the lineup. “It all goes hand-in-hand. It’s a matter of ice time, it’s a matter of confidence right now. That’s what I need most of all.”

The team even recalled Jordin Tootoo and inserted him into the lineup for two games, while Samuelsson, who’s averaging just under 10 minutes and 30 seconds of ice time a game, sat.

“You can say you’ve got to skate faster and battle harder, absolutely,” Samuelsson said. “I haven’t played my best hockey. It has its reasons, too, but I don’t want to comment on that. I just have to take it one day at a time.”

Samuelsson, who’s in the final year of a two-year deal that pays him $3 million a season, was injured nearly the entire 2012-13 lockout-shortened season.

“When you’re 35 and you’re sort of in the lineup, out of the lineup and when you do play, you don’t play a lot of minutes, the natural thing to happen is you lose your confidence and start to play a game that isn’t how you got here in the first place,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He’s a guy we brought back because he plays puck possession and we thought he could play the right point on the power play and chip in 15-20 goals. Last year he was hurt (basically) the entire year. In the meantime we signed Daniel Alfredsson, (Stephen) Weiss and (Tomas) Tatar is an NHL. We’re deeper, we have more NHL forward that last year so there’s more competition.”

Nyquist returns to lineup; Tootoo re-assigned to Grand Rapids

DETROIT – Quick update from Wings practice prior to tonight’s game against the New York Islanders at Joe Louis Arena.

Gustav Nyquist returns to the lineup after missing three games with a groin injury.

“I’ve had a few good skates over the last few days to try and get back to game pace,” Nyquist said. “Everything feels good.”

Nyquist will play on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi.

“It’s different being on a bike or in the weight room for sure,” Nyquist said. “You could kind of feel it at first because I was off the ice for four days. You’d lose your breath pretty quick. But again, I’ve had a few good skates here. I feel good right now. It’s going to be fun to play tonight.”

Jonas Gustavsson will start in goal tonight.

Jakub Kindl and Mikael Samuelsson will be healthy scratches.

With Nyquist returning the Wings have re-assigned Jordin Tootoo back to Grand Rapids.

Tootoo played in just two games after being recalled last week, recording his first point of the season averaging roughly six minutes of ice time per game.

Wings general manager Ken Holland said that Stephen Weiss’ sport hernia surgery went well in Philadelphia.

“The doctors are calling it a core muscle injury,” Holland said. “I guess he had a fairly significant tear, but surgery went well. We had other players in the past here have that same surgery, (Kris) Draper had it and (Tomas) Holmstrom. They seemed to always come back in good shape.

“We’re not going to race him back for a game or two before the Olympic break,” Holland added.

The team decided to give Justin Abdelkader (concussion) a few more days of rest before his return to the lineup, which will take place Saturday at Florida.

Johan Franzen (concussion) skated a bit on his own the past two days.

“It appears to me he’d be questionable for Saturday,” Holland said of Franzen’s status. “Just based on he needs two or three practices and feel good after.

Jimmy Howard (knee) is still on track to possibly backing up Gustavsson on Dec. 28 and could get back between the pipes on Dec. 30.

Henrik Zetterberg (back) appears on track to return Saturday, but a final decision on that will come Friday.

There is no further update on when Darren Helm (shoulder) will return.

DeKeyser ready to return to lineup Saturday in Toronto; Gustavsson will start in goal against his former team

DETROIT – Quick update from Wings practice before they head out to a game Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Danny DeKeyser appears to be ready to return to the lineup after missing the last 15 games with an injured shoulder.

“I feel good,” DeKeyser said after practice. “I should be good to go. I’m excited. It’s been awhile since I’ve played, a little over a month, but it seems longer than that so I’m just ready to get back at it.”

DeKeyser has two goals and seven assists in 22 games this season.

“I’ve just got to get up to game speed,” DeKeyser said. “It’s been awhile since I’ve played so I’m going to do my best to play as well as I was playing when I got hurt so that’s what I’m going to try to do. Sitting around all the time makes it seem longer than a month that I’ve been out.”

All of the Wings’ injured players skated Friday, expect for Jimmy Howard (knee) and Johan Franzen (concussion).

“Dekeyser’s available tomorrow, we’ll see at the morning skate,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “I mean I had 17 forwards on the ice the biggest group I’ve ever had since I’ve been here by far. That’s good and the other thing that’s important is you need competition for jobs. To be a real good team you need competition for jobs and then you got to get guys to embrace the internal competition that makes you a better player.”

As it looked in practice, Darren Helm (shoulder) appeared as if he was playing, skating on a line with Riley Sheahan and Daniel Alfredsson, but he said afterwards he didn’t think he was in.

“I’ve got no idea,” Babcock said when asked about the lineup he would go with against the Leafs. “The general manager and I will sit together on the plane after we talk to the medical people and we’ll do the math.”

Henrik Zetterberg (back) won’t play and if things remained the same from practice, Jordin Tootoo, Mikael Samuelsson and Jakub Kindl will be healthy scratches.

However, Tootoo could remain in the lineup for Helm if he doesn’t go.

Gustav Nyquist (groin) skated for the first time since injuring his groin against Tampa Bay.

Jonas Gustavsson will indeed start in goal to face his former team.

“It’s exciting,” said Gustavsson, who spent three seasons in Toronto before signing with Detroit. “I know a lot of people there. It’s going to be fun to go back there.

“I spent my first few years over here, so it was a lot of learning,” Gustavsson continued. “Obviously, we didn’t make the playoffs. That was a disappointment. For myself, right away I got a chance to play a lot of games, get some experience. That was really good for me. I had some good stretches and not so good stretches. It was a learning period for me.”

Gustavsson is 9-3-2 this season with the Wings.

“He’s been really good for us, he’s had very few off nights or average nights to say the least,” Babcock said. “He’s been real competitive. His save percentage is good, he’s gotten confidence, he gives our team confidence, he’s done an excellent job for us so we’re thrilled with what he’s done and we’re not scared of Petr (Mrazek) one bit either but Gus has earned the right to play.”

He’s never faces a former team at any level of his playing career.

“He’s played very well for us, say what you want, but he’s been great,” Daniel Cleary said. “Even last night he made some big stops for us to keep the game tied. Good for him. He’s battled a lot of different things the last couple of years. It’ll be good. When you go play your old team you want to play well.”

Tootoo ready to show he belongs in Detroit; he’ll skate on a line with Bertuzzi and Sheahan

DETROIT — Jordin Tootoo’s chance to remain in Detroit begins tonight against the Calgary Flames .

“You can’t take it as a negative,” Tootoo send about being placed on waivers by the Wings on Nov. 6 and then getting assigned to Grand Rapids after clearing. “For me personally I’ve been through a lot of crap throughout my career so this was just another bump in the road.

“Hopefully this time around I can really make a mark and solidify my spot on this team,” Tootoo added. “That being said, it’s got to be one shift at a time and one day at a time.”

Tootoo was recalled from Grand Rapids on Wednesday and will skate on a line with Todd Bertuzzi and Riley Sheahan.

“To win hockey games it’s got to take 20 guys in the dressing room,” Tootoo said. “For me it’s about creating emotion out there, energy and moving my feet. It’s not a lot to ask for, but when you play that role you have to use every shift to your full advantage and try and make a mark right off the bat.”

The Wings are winless in their last six, going 0-4-2.

“The first five minutes, first couple of shifts, for me will be key,” Tootoo said. “I need to keep my feet grounded and just get back in the swing of things.”

Tootoo, 30, was a salary-cap and roster size casualty, along with Patrick Eaves and Cory Emmerton. He was assigned to the Griffins on Nov. 14.

Tootoo played in 12 games with the Griffins, scoring a goal to go with three assists. He also had 23 penalty minutes.

“I love the game so much,” Tootoo said. “Coming to the rink every day for me is fun. When you have a job you can enjoy and wake up every morning and be around the boys it’s a lot of fun. That’s basically it. Self-pride, being committed and determined to do whatever it takes to win hockey games.”

Tootoo has played in eight games this season and has yet to record a point and is a minus-4. In 50 career games in Detroit he has three goals, five assists and 83 penalty minutes.

He has one more year left on a three-year deal that pays him $1.9 million a season.

Tootoo’s name was bantered about this offseason as possibly heading back to Nashville in a trade that would help Detroit free up cap space and trim its roster down.

Tootoo played in just one of the Wings’ 14 playoff games last season. He was also a healthy scratch in six of the final 23 games in the regular season a year ago, registering three goals, five assists and a team-high 78 penalties in 42 games in his first season in Detroit.

Despite it being a lockout-shortened 48-game regular season, Tootoo registered his highest total of fighting majors, eight, since totaling 10 in the 2008-09 season with Nashville.

Ins and outs … Tootoo returns from GR and will play Thursday

DETROIT — Jordin Tootoo was recalled from Grand Rapids and will be in the lineup according to Wings general manager Ken Holland.

“Tootoo is playing (Thursday) because we’re trying to win a game and we think he’ll provide some energy and physicality,” Holland said in a text message.

He’ll likely take Mikael Samuelsson’s spot in the lineup. Samuelsson has been a healthy scratch in three of the past five games.

The Wings were still missing a number of injured players at practice: Gustav Nyquist (groin), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Johan Franzen (concussion-like symptoms), Jimmy Howard (knee), and Stephen Weiss (groin).

Daniel Alfredsson also missed practice, but will play Thursday.

“That’s what happens when you’re 41 or 42, you get some days off,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said.

Darren Helm (shoulder) and Danny DeKeyser (shoudler) both took part in practice, but won’t play Thursday.

Jordin Tootoo sees the end to fighting in the NHL soon if goalie suspensions for fighting is the next step

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings enforcer Jordin Tootoo sees the end of fighting coming soon to the NHL.

And the first sign will be if the league starts handing out suspensions to goaltenders that decide to drop the gloves during a game.

“Unfortunately it looks that way,” Tootoo said. “This game has a lot of emotions and things happen spontaneously. If you take that part out of the game there’s just not going to be any emotion in the game whatsoever.

“Guys are going to take liberations,” Tootoo continued. “It’s not the way the game is supposed to be played.”

The league’s general managers, who met in Toronto Tuesday, were scheduled to discuss a deterrent to try and eliminate fights that happen between goalies, which could be an automatic 10-game suspension.

The whole issue surfaced after a very one-sided fight a couple of weeks ago between Philadelphia’s Ray Emery and Washington’s Braden Holtby.

“The whole situation with the fighting and what not, it’s getting cracked down everywhere,” Tootoo said. “I think it’s probably the right thing to do. Goalies don’t train to do those types of things. There’s one of two in the league that are, that practice boxing or whatever. I think it’s probably a good thing.”

Asked if he felt this was one step closer to eliminating fighting from the league Tootoo said, “Absolutely, for sure.”

Between the Wings’ goalie tandem of Jimmy Howard and Jonas Gustavsson, they’ve scrapped a total of two times. Both fights were by Howard, neither of which occurred in the NHL.

“I really don’t want to ever see Ray Emery skate down at me,” Howard said. “We’ll leave it at that.

“You shouldn’t have to fight,” Howard continued. “I wouldn’t stand up to him. That’s one guy on my list that I probably would try to find the nearest exit to the ice, whether it be the Zamboni doors or the bench. I mean, jeez you click on YouTube and you watch him take on heavyweights out there.”

Howard fought former Flyers goalie Michael Leighton in the American Hockey League. His other fight happened in juniors.

He said both fights were a draw with a slight smile.

“Fighting with goalies, it’s always been part of the game, so it’s always I think even the players like it,” Howard said. “You always see, the one way for a bench brawl to stop is have the goalies square off because everyone seems to stop and watch, everyone watch the goalies.”

Gustavsson said he’s not come close to getting into a fight.

“Not that it happens that often, but if everyone starts fighting and you see two guys or three guys go against one guy of course it’s a teammate you got to help out but that a really rare case,” Gustavsson said. “When you’re playing you’ve got a lot of adrenaline, so it’s hard to say what you would do. I guess it depends on the situation. If I feel like there’s no need for that, then I’d probably turn him down, if that’s even possible. But it’s hard to say.

“If some guy jumps you you’ve got to try to defend yourself,” Gustavsson added. “You can’t really turn around if he keeps going at you.”

Asked what he would do if Emery came down and challenged him to a fight Howard said, “I would keep my blocker on for sure. He’s tough as they come.”

Looks like Daniel Cleary will be a healthy scratch Tuesday against Winnipeg

DETROIT — Daniel Cleary appears he’ll be a healthy scratch Tuesday, skating along with Patrick Eaves and Jordin Tootoo at practice.

“We’ll see,” Cleary said. “I don’t know. I just have to play better. It’s the ebbs and flows of hockey. The only thing you can control know is your attitude and work ethic. I have to play better and I have to produce more.”

Cleary has a goal and two assists in 18 games.

“The bottom line is we have a lot of guys offensively have been challenged to score,” said Wings coach Mike Babcock. “Is that a lack of confidence, is that a lack of opportunity, I don’t know what the answer is to that. I just know each and every day as a coaching staff we go through the previous game and we look at what we did and we try and dress the best lineup that’ll help us win. Sometimes you never know for sure. You dress a lineup and watch them play. You base it on facts and that’s what we try to do.”

Babcock would not say whether or not Cleary would sit against the Jets.

“For a guy of his hockey sense and his ability he’s got to be a factor every night and I don’t see that,” Babcock said.

Cleary reached a deal with the Wings a day into training camp after turning down a professional tryout by the Philadelphia Flyers.

“You have to be able to bring different things to the table, try and focus and play well defensively,” said Cleary, who got a one-year deal worth $1.75 million. “I believe that’s the key to creating offense anyway.”

Cleary, 34, reportedly was offered a three-year deal worth $2.75 million a season to join the Flyers but he shot down a report on his first day at camp.

When Cleary rejected the Wings’ two- and three-year offers prior to the opening of free agency they moved on and signed Daniel Alfredsson (one year, $5.5 million) and Stephen Weiss (five years, $24.5 million).

“Hockey is such a game of confidence,” Cleary said. “I just have to stay positive and work hard. Hockey changes so fast. One day you’re feeling great and the next day you’re not feeling so great. You have to be positive, be professional and work hard. There’s a lot of hockey left here in the season.

“Adversity is nothing new to me,” Cleary continued. “I’m not really thinking a lot of about it actually.”

Tootoo clears waivers; will remain in Detroit for now

DETROIT – Jordin Tootoo just wants a chance to be in an NHL lineup each and every night.

And if that’s going to happen it looks like it’ll have to be in another city.

Tootoo, 30, was not claimed off waivers Thursday, but will remain with the Wings for the time being.

“I had an idea something was going to happen,” said Tootoo, who began the year on injured reserve with a bruised shoulder. “Obviously it comes down to numbers and cap space. I just want to thank the organization for giving me the opportunity to play and hopefully one day I can come back and be a Red Wing again. As of right now I don’t know what’s going on.

“It’s not rocket science,” Tootoo continued. “Unfortunately, I’m the one they decided to put on waivers or move. It is what it is.”

If he gets sent to Grand Rapids it’ll free up $925,000 in cap space.

“I just want to have an opportunity to be in the lineup every night, being a pro every day, coming to work, being an every-dayer is part of my repertoire,” Tootoo said. “It is what it is and whatever happens is meant to be.”

The rugged right winger can remain on the roster with Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder) on long-term injured reserve until Nov. 15. Once he’s activated and no other long-term injuries occur a decision will need to be made on where he’ll end up.

“Obviously they brought me in to be a physical presence,” Tootoo said. “When you’re given an opportunity to be in the lineup, my goal is to bring emotion and energy. Obviously, it’s not going to happen every shift and when you play a limited amount of ice time it’s hard to make things happen, but at the same time you’ve got to be a pro about it and make sure you do your best when you’re called upon to do your job.”

Tootoo, who has played in eight games this season and has yet to record a point, has one more year left on a three-year deal that pays him $1.9 million a season.

“I’ve been around long enough to understand what being a pro is and obviously I’ve been through this path before,” said Tootoo, who’s a minus-4 this season. “It’s not my first rodeo. I know what it takes mentally. You got to wake up with a clear mind and make sure you’re ready when you’re called upon.”

A similar situation occurred earlier this season when Cory Emmerton cleared waivers and remained with the team for the season opener, recording an assist. He then was sent to Grand Rapids where he remains.

Tootoo skated during an optional skate Thursday.

“I think as professional athletes you never know what’s going to happen,” Tootoo said. “You’ve just got to show up and do your job. Part of our job is being moved around. I don’t think about it, I just come to work and get the job done.

“These guys in the dressing room have been so great with me coming in, welcoming me with open arms, it’s like a brotherhood around here,” Tootoo added. “I’m definitely going to miss that, coming to the rink every day, because these guys are special and this organization as a whole has been a class act.”

Tootoo’s name was bantered about this offseason as possibly heading back to Nashville in a trade that would help Detroit free up cap space and trim its roster down.

Tootoo played in just one of the Wings’ 14 playoff games last season. He was also a healthy scratch in six of the final 23 games in the regular season a year ago, registering three goals, five assists and a team-high 78 penalties in 42 games in his first season in Detroit.

Despite it being a lockout-shortened 48-game regular season, Tootoo registered his highest total of fighting majors, eight, since totaling 10 in the 2008-09 season with Nashville.

Tootoo won’t be heading to GR if clears; ‘no chance’ Nyquist gets called up

DETROIT – Jordin Tootoo got the, “It’s not you, it’s me,” speech from the Detroit Red Wings after practice Wednesday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena.

The Wings placed the tough-guy right winger on waivers.

“This is the situation here, we have too many right wingers,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We’re not giving him a fair opportunity. He’s done nothing wrong. He’s played hard. He’s been a good teammate. He’s done all those things right. We’ll see what happens.”

Tootoo practiced with the team, but was unavailable for comment after.

If Tootoo, 30, isn’t claimed by noon Thursday, Wings general manager Ken Holland said he won’t be assigned to Grand Rapids like most players are after clearing waivers.

The move won’t be necessary until defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder) comes off long-term injured reserve on Nov. 15.

If Tootoo goes unclaimed it’ll free up $925,000 from the salary cap.

“If Toot’s can get himself a place to play, where he gets to play every night that’s fantastic, good for him,” Babcock said. “If not, we’ll talk to him tomorrow and we’ll figure out what we’re doing here tomorrow.”

Tootoo, who has played in eight games this season and has yet to record a point, has one more year left on a three-year deal that paid him $1.9 million a season.

“It’s just a numbers game,” Babcock said. “That’s reality. I think Toot’s is a good man, good teammate and a good player.”

The move looked like it opened an opportunity for Gustav Nyquist to be recalled, but Holland said there was “no chance” of that happening.

Another roster move would need to be made to make room for Nyquist once Ericsson returns. And once he plays two more NHL games he will lose the exemption of not having to clear waivers to go back to the minors.

Tootoo, who’s a minus-4 this year, began the year on injured reserve with a bruised shoulder.

His name was bantered about this offseason as possibly heading back to Nashville in a trade that would help Detroit free up cap space and trim its roster down.

“I’ve been through a lot of shit over the years,” Tootoo said earlier this season. “This is what makes you a stronger person, both on and off the ice. It’s about mentally being strong and having the will and courage to overcome hard times.”

Tootoo played in just one of the Wings’ 14 playoff games last season, being a healthy scratch the other 13.

He was also a healthy scratch in six of the final 23 games in the regular season a year ago, registering three goals, five assists and a team-high 78 penalties in 42 games in his first season in Detroit.

“The game evolves every year and you’ve got to re-adjust to minor things here and there,” Tootoo said. “I’ve worked on a few things here and there over the summer, but I’m going to keep that to myself and when you’re asked to bring a certain role, you have to work on the little things that make you the best you can be.”

Despite last year being a lockout-shortened 48-game regular season, Tootoo registered his highest total of fighting majors, eight, since totaling 10 in the 2008-09 season with Nashville.