Detroit Red Wings: Worst case scenario for Tyler Bertuzzi’s injury situation

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Since January 30th, 2021, the Detroit Red Wings have not seen Tyler Bertuzzi suit up for the organization even once. Bertuzzi has been out injured since then, and his return for the 2020-21 season is a questionable topic.

It has been 76 days since the Detroit Red Wings have seen Bertuzzi suit up for a game. He did score a goal in an overtime loss to the Florida Panthers to help increase his season output even more.

Bertuzzi was off to a hot start; he was near the top of the Red Wings leaderboards in points and remained there even after his absence for quite some time. Quite the indicator of how low production is on this rebuilding team.

In the nine games that Bertuzzi had played, he logged five goals and two assists for seven total points. Now he finds himself off the ice and still not cleared for practices as of a week ago, and a return is not fully in sight for the winger.

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There has not been much clarity with Bertuzzi other than it is an upper-body injury that has kept him off the ice.

The Red Wings have 11 games left; Bertuzzi has not even suited up for practice, so his return for the 2020-21 season is likely history.

Usually, looking at the positives is the best course of action, but in the case of Bertuzzi and how his 2020-21 season has gone, the worst-case scenario could become a reality.

I hate to say it, and I do hope I am far from correct, but there is a chance the injury could be a bigger issue, and we have Johan Franzen’s scenario once again.

While there is not a pattern of terrible and brutal coaching with Jeff Blashill like there was with Mike Babcock.

I do not think Bertuzzi is about to retire and tell horror stories about Blashill, but there is something strange going on with Bertuzzi and his injury situation.

I understand the clarity surrounding injuries has changed drastically, but there has been little to no talk of the injury besides it being an upper-body injury. Bertuzzi could be having some troubles with a lingering issue, and the fact that it is going to wipe out the rest of his 2020-21 season proves that it is a pretty serious thing.

If Bertuzzi continues to miss time, there would be an even bigger question to be asked: Will he be ready for the 2021-22 season? The worst-case scenario would be that Bertuzzi has a much more serious injury, and he is going to miss some time.

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Keep an eye on Bertuzzi, and hopefully, the Red Wings can offer some clarity in the coming weeks or months to assure fans that Bertuzzi will be back on the top line for the 2021-22 season.