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Quincey would like to hold off surgery

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

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LOS ANGELESKyle Quincey has put off the inevitable for this long, but he may have to rethink his position following a scheduled appointment with a Los Angeles area doctor later today.

“We knew we needed surgery back in October,” Quincey said. “But it was hopeful we could get through the rest of the year. That’s still the plan.”

The Red Wings’ defenseman said he’s had floating bone chips in an ankle since August. The pain first elevated during the preseason, and now it’s excruciating at times to walk, let alone skate, which he hasn’t done since he played last Wednesday in Chicago.

Through anti-inflammatory drugs, localized treatments and exercise, Quincey has been able to manage the pain, while playing in 52 games this season. However, the pain has reached such a level lately that Quincey has already seen one specialist and is seeking a second opinion today.

“Last couple days, well, three or four days ago had a real bad day, kind of the worst yet,” Quincey said. “I can’t really answer anything until I have that opinion. Once I see him then all the questions should be answered.”

Should Quincey opt to have surgery to clean out the bone fragments, he could miss up to six weeks, which could mean a possible return for the Stanley Cup playoffs. If the doctor suggests postponing surgery until the offseason, Quincey would like to return to the lineup as soon as possible.

“Oh yeah, for sure,” he said. “Then get the surgery after we win the Cup in June. That’s the plan.”

How will Quincey’s injury affect the Red Wings’ defense? Should he have surgery sooner than later, general manager Ken Holland could choose to make a deal for a veteran defenseman, or he can ride with Alexy Marchenko and Xavier Ouellet, who are very good, younger defender.

The league’s trade deadline is Monday afternoon.

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