The Detroit Red Wings can't be too enthusiastic about how their Summer has gone, health-wise, among other things, so when forward Tomas Jurco had to undergo "minor" back surgery this week, it was just adding it to the pile.
The recovery for this surgery is only 4-to-6 weeks, which could force him to miss the start of the regular season, but not very much after that. The schedule starts on October 12th, which is seven weeks away from today and there is no guarantees that he will be ready. Ideally, the Red Wings will want him to be 100% on his skates, before he takes the ice in a regular season game, so it's a game of wait and see.
The Red Wings also got word that one of their prospect defensemen, Vili Saarijarvi, has also undergone wrist surgery and will be out of commission for the next three months. There was no indication that the 19-year old was anywhere near the roster this year, but we really couldn't say that for sure. If you were banking on this youngster to make the jump, he won't be making it out of training camp.