The Red Wings signed Mike Commodore
on the first day of the free agency period last July. The 6-foot-4 defenseman was brought in to compete for a spot on the team’s third defensive pairing.
Now Commodore, who won a Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006, hasn’t skated in a week since catching a skate blade in the ice at Chicago’s United Center last Wednesday. Diagnosed with a Grade 1 MCL sprain, he will be fitted for a brace Thursday. But as far as a timetable for his return, everything is up in the air, Commodore said.
“This is all new to me. Never had a knee injury,” he said.
However, Commodore only has to remember last October as the last time he missed significant time early in a season, because of injury. Last year, he suffered a broken thumb in an opening-night fight with San Jose’s Ryane Clowe, and never really bounced back from the injury, collecting six points in 20 games with Columbus.
“It was bad timing. I came back from that,” said Commodore when asked about the thumb. “This is a little different. I’ve never had a knee problem in 12 years. The good thing is it’s only a Grade 1. Once I get this brace and skate for a few days, I’ll be ready to go.”
With Commodore out for at least Friday’s opener against Ottawa and Saturday’s game at Colorado, 24-year-old Jakub Kindl
will be inserted into the role as the sixth defenseman. Still, Commodore isn't overly concerned about falling behind Kindl on the depth chart.
“I know my place,” Commodore said. “If he plays well that’s great. If the team is doing well, that’s what I’m here for. I want to be part of a good team that’s why I came here. I’m not worried about playing time at all, falling behind or losing ice-time.
“My main concern right now is getting my knee healthy and getting myself back in it. And when I’m healthy they’ll know I’m available.”Follow Bill Roose on Twitter | @RooseBill