Pulkkinen out 4-6 months after shoulder surgery
Detroit – The Red Wings aren’t likely to have forward Teemu Pulkkinen to start the regular season.
Pulkkinen had shoulder surgery after the world championships in June, with recovery time expected to be four to six months, which would put his return to the Red Wings from mid-October to December.
General manager Ken Holland said Pulkkinen first hurt the shoulder four to five years ago, before Pulkkinen turned pro, and the pain began to increase after this spring’s recent world championships.
Pulkkinen, 24, separated his shoulder in December after getting hit by Phoenix forward Martin Hanzal, missing 18 games.
“He had the surgery and they stabilized it,” Holland said. “They repaired a slight tear, cleaned everything out, and said the recovery time is four to six months.”
A restricted free agent, Pulkkinen played in only 36 games last season with six goals and six assists (12 points), and a plus-2 rating.
Pulkkinen was a healthy scratch for all five playoffs games against Tampa Bay.
Defenseman Alexey Marchenko also has had offseason surgery, on his wrist.
Holland said Marchenko had the surgery after the world championships and should be ready to play for Russia in the World Cup in September.
“We expect Marchey to be ready for (training) camp,” Holland said. “It (the wrist) just wasn’t getting any better.”
The Red Wings re-signed Marchenko, 24, to a two-year contract Friday worth $2.9 million.
The Red Wings begin their annual development camp for selected prospects and recent draft picks Wednesday at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City.
The camp concludes Sunday with an intra-squad scrimmage.
The camp is a good opportunity for the organization to teach the young players what it takes to be a professional, and what it takes to play in the NHL.
“Educate them,” said Holland, of the main purpose of the camp. “For many of these kids, this coming season might be the first time they’re on their own at the pro level.
“From a nutrition standpoint, conditioning, dealing with the media and social media, we tell what to expect.
“It’s also an excellent chance for these kids to bond. They can go fishing, you’re right on the water being in Traverse City. You’re in a nice city, a great rink.”
Holland said there are no skill evaluations done at this camp. Rather, the purpose is to teach and help the prospects.
Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson will lead the on-ice skill and instruction development.
Among the 39 prospects expected to attend are recent first-round draft picks Dennis Cholowski (2016) and Evgeny Svechnikov (2015), 2016 second-round picks Givani Smith and Flip Hronek, Dylan Sadowy (acquired in a trade with San Jose this spring), and Griffins prospect Tyler Bertuzzi.
Defenseman Danny DeKeyser is expected to file for arbitration, meaning a deal should be done before the end of the month.
The Wings and DeKeyser are likely to settle on a salary. If not, they will go before an arbitrator.
Goalie Petr Mrazek – also a restricted free agent – is expected to forgo arbitration and continue negotiating with the Red Wings.
Holland said he expects to work out new contracts with DeKeyser, Mrazek and Pulkkinen in the coming weeks.