The Detroit Red Wings placed Tyler Bertuzzi on injured reserve Thursday with a hand injury and recalled Austin Czarnik from the Grand Rapids Griffins.
The Detroit press release didn’t provide information about the extent of Bertuzzi’s injury or how long he will be sidelined. He was injured in the third period of the Red Wings’ 5-4 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday. Teammate Ben Chiarot’s shot struck Bertuzzi’s left hand. It was clear immediately Bertuzzi was hurt.
Coach Derek Lalonde gave his players the day off Thursday, which meant he wasn’t available to talk to the media.
Bertuzzi only recently returned to the Red Wings lineup after missing a month after breaking his hand while blocking a shot in the second game of the season against New Jersey. He has produced a goal and two assists for three points in the seven games since he has returned.
Tyler Bertuzzi took a shot looked like off his left hand; might have been the direct spot where he broke it last month; went to room #RedWings
— Ted Kulfan (@tkulfan) December 1, 2022
Czarnik, 29, played four games with Detroit from Nov. 5-Nov. 18. He scored a goal and was +1. He is third in Griffins’ scoring with 14 points (6-8—14) in 12 games this season. Czarnik has at least one point in nine of the 12 games and started the campaign with five points (3-2—5) in the first two contests.
Fabbri Return in One Month
Bertuzzi was a 30-goal scorer last season and his belligerent playing style added a layer of grit to Detroit’s style. He’s also going to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. An extended absence from Detroit’s lineup would be bad for Bertuzzi and the team.
Elmer Soderblom remains sidelined because of an injury he received blocking a shot. There’s no timetable for his return. He hasn’t been skating. He could also need a conditioning stay in Grand Rapids when he returns.
The Red Wings are expected Robby Fabbri to return to the roster after the holidays. He hasn’t yet played this season because he is recovering from knee surgery.