The Detroit Red Wings did not enjoy Hockey Day in Canada as much as they would have liked in Toronto. They had lost their game against the Maple Leafs 3-2 in overtime and then they lost a key part of their forward ranks now for the better part of the remainder of the season.
Dan Cleary (John B.) took a shot to the face on Saturday afternoon and the initial report from the hospital is that Cleary suffered a broken jaw. This injury should keep Cleary out of the line-up between 6 to 8 weeks. A fairly big blow to a secondary scorer that the Red Wings have enjoyed some success with.
Cleary will leave the line-up after playing 57 games and registering 40 points (20G, 20A). He was on pace for one of his better career years.
This comes at a poor time in the week as the Waiver Draft has already concluded for John, who had passed on both of his picks. He will only see 2 to 4 weeks of action through the rest of the season, which may help down the stretch, but the rest of the squad will have to pick it up. Cleary had averaged 2 points a week this season.
Now that this has happened on Saturday, after the picks were done, the way the Waiver Draft is done may need to be re-evaluated for a more healthy team after the week of drafting.