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NHL Western Conference Injury Updates: Dec. 2 Edition

Tab BamfordSenior Writer IDecember 2, 2009

Originally posted on CommittedIndians.com, your source for all things Blackhawks!

Because there were so many injuries to key players early in the season, and the big names continue to fall, the beginning of December is a good time to look back, and forward, at when some of the top players in the Western Conference could return.

Central Division

Chicago

Dave Bolland—had back surgery on Nov. 10. Is expected to return in 12-16 weeks. ETA: post-Olympics?

Adam Burish—torn ACL in late September should cost him approximately six months. ETA: playoffs at best, likely 2010-11.

Detroit

Niklas Kronwall—sprained MCL on Nov. 21 is expected to cost him two weeks. ETA: Dec. 7.

Jason Williams—broke a fibula in early November and is expected to miss eight weeks. ETA: Christmas.

Valterri Filppula—broken right wrist at the end of October expected to keep him out six to eight weeks. ETA: mid- to late December.

Johan Franzen—had surgery to repair torn ACL on Oct. 16, beginning a six-month recovery. ETA: maybe playoffs, more likely 2010-11.

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Columbus

Rostislav Klesla—doctors discovered a torn groin and torn stomach muscle on Dec. 2, which could keep him out more than six weeks. ETA: at least mid-January.

Nashville

None

St. Louis

D.J. King—could have pins removed from his hand this week. ETA: soon?

Eric Brewer—lower body injury. ETA: this weekend?

Northwest Division

Calgary

None

Colorado

David Jones—tore his left ACL in late November, which should cost him roughly six months. ETA: playoffs at best, likely 2010-11.

Vancouver

Pavol Demitra—has been recovering from summer shoulder surgery and doesn’t have a firm timetable for return. ETA: after Christmas.

Edmonton

Nikolai Khabibulin—is listed as day-to-day with back issues. He has missed a few games because of the injury. No ETA, but injury could be an ongoing concern.

Ales Hemsky—suffered a shoulder injury that required season-ending surgery. ETA: 2010-11.

Mike Comrie—diagnosed with mono on Nov. 16. ETA: TBD.

Minnesota

Martin Havlat—was retroactively put on the disabled list last week because of hamstring issues. Hopes to play Dec. 2.

Brent Burns—hasn’t played since Nov. 18 because of a concussion. ETA: TBD.

Petr Sykora—hasn’t played since Nov. 7 because of a concussion. ETA: TBD.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard—has only played in one game because of concussion-like symptoms. ETA: TBD.

Pacific Division

San Jose

Jody Shelley—hasn’t played since Nov. 7 because of “general soreness” and was placed on the disabled list on Nov. 30. ETA: TBD.

Los Angeles

Rob Scuderi—hasn’t played since Nov. 14 because of a lower body injury. ETA: soon? Did not play Dec. 1.

Ryan Smyth—has been out since Nov. 16 with an upper body injury but has been cleared to skate with the team. ETA: soon.

Phoenix

Peter Mueller—left Friday’s game with an injury and did not play Sunday. Status is still being determined.

Vernon Fiddler—left Friday’s game with an injury and did not play Sunday. Status is still being determined.

Ed Jovanovski—left Friday’s game with an injury and did not play Sunday. Status is still being determined.

Kurt Sauer—hasn’t played since the season opener because of head issues. ETA: TBD.

Dallas

None

Anaheim

Joffrey Lupul—was placed on the disabled list retroactively after missing five games with back spasms. ETA: TBD.

Kyle Calder—took a puck to the eye Nov. 28 and is expected to miss between two and four weeks. ETA: Christmas.

Ryan Carter—hasn’t played since Nov. 11 because of a foot injury. He’s expected to miss at least two more weeks. ETA: late December.

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