DETROIT — Wings general manager Ken Holland said Friday morning that forward Patrick Eaves can resume his playing career after getting cleared by doctors Thursday night.
“As we’ve seen around the league, these concussions can last a long time,” Holland said. “He has started to feel better and better. The doctors gave him the green light to play and that’s pretty good news for Patty.”
Eaves hasn’t played since he was hit in the head going down to block on shot on Nov. 26, 2011 against Nashville. Along with experiencing concussion-like symptoms he suffered a broken jaw.
The Wings’ roster is OK with a healthy Eaves after Darren Helm (back) was placed on short-term injured reserve.
Helm is expected to be ready for next Friday’s home game against the Minnesota Wild at Joe Louis Arena.
Once Helm returns and if the Wings don’t have any other injuries, they’ll have to make a decision up front. And that decision will be to either waive or try and trade Jan Mursak or Cory Emmerton.
“We are deep up front,” Holland said. “We’ll have to make a decision up front.”
“It took a year for Patty to get back to normal,” Holland continued. “He’s been a real good player for us, a good penalty killer. He’s chipped in between 12 and 14 goals a year. He’s played in the top six when we’ve needed him. He’s got a good set of hands. The obvious question is, where’s your game at? It’ll get better the more he plays.”
Jakub Kindl (groin) won’t play in the opener Saturday in St. Louis.
Holland said. Kindl had tests and it showed he had some trauma there. He could be read Monday for the game in Columbus.
Todd Bertuzzi (groin) will be re-evaluated today.