DETROIT – Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey will undergo surgery next week to remove bone chips from an ankle.
Quincey played the regular season and in the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning with the chips that at times caused debilitating pain making it impossible to skate. He missed four games in November and five games in February, all due to the bone chips.
He’ll have the surgery in Detroit before returning home to Colorado for the summer.
“Couple weeks in a cast and then a walking boot,” said Quincey, as players returned to Joe Louis Arena to clean out their lockers Friday before heading home for the summer. “So it’s a good month before I can probably walk on it. That’s why it’s important to get it done as soon as possible.”
Despite the bone chips, the 29-year-old defenseman had one of the most productive seasons of his career, producing three goals and 18 points in 73 games. He finished second among Wings’ defensemen with as plus-10, which was also a career-high for the 2003 fourth-round draft pick.
“I take a lot of positives from (the season),” Quincey said. “Obviously had that ankle issue but I felt like I did a pretty good job battling through that. It should be way better next year after the surgery. I feel like mentally I got a lot better. The game for me slowed down and was kind of, I don’t know, I felt I was more patient, kind of fit in my role better.”
For the past season and a half, Mike Babcock and his coaching staff has found a quality defensive pairing in Quincey and Danny DeKeyser, who continued to build chemistry along the blue line.
“It means a lot when Tony (Granato) and Babs have confidence to put us out against top lines and on defensive zone faceoffs we’re out there all the time,” Quincey said. “It means a lot for us to do that. I’ll agree with you. I’m definitely happy with the season. I think we showed everybody we should have beaten Tampa. Obviously that’s a sore spot for us right now. We proved to ourselves and everyone that we’re a very good team.”
Aside from Quincey, five other Red Wings battle through injuries near the end of the regular season and/or into the postseason.
Forwards Justin Abdelkader and Luke Glendening had serious injuries to their right hands. Center Pavel Datsyuk has a deep bone bruise to his right ankle.
“Pav blocked a shot with his ankle with 10-15 games to go (in regular season),” Red Wings GM Ken Holland said. “Then blocked another shot there again and we shut him down for a little while. Bad, bad bone bruise. Sometimes with that it can take weeks to heal.”
Abdelkader fractured the middle finger while blocking a shot in overtime at Minnesota on April 4. Glendening had a tendon severed late in Game 4 by a skate blade.
“He had a bad cut on the back of his hand,” Holland said. “One of his tendons was 60 percent cut, fortunately it was on the back and not front.”
Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson suffered a broken left big toe when he accidentally kicked a concrete parking block while playing soccer with teammates the day before Game 1 in Tampa Bay.
“He played with a broken toe,” Holland said. “He played with a pain killer before every game.”
Defenseman Marek Zidlicky finished Game 6 with a concussion after a questionable hit by Lightning forward Brenden Morrow midway through the first period. Zidlicky, who was one of two player acquistions before the trade deadline, did not play in Game 7.
"It was a little late," said Zidlicky of the hit. "I don’t see him to come, but it’s late. We lost. So I don’t want to say anything about it. It was a little late. So that’s all I’ll say right now.”