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Red Wings Announce Frans Nielsen and Tyler Bertuzzi Done for Season

As per the Detroit Red Wings organization, Tyler Bertuzzi and Frans Nielsen will be out for the rest of the season due to injury.

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The Detroit Red Wings obviously weren’t going to be playoff contenders this season. Still, it’s a bummer to hear that two of their forwards in Tyler Bertuzzi and Frans Nielsen will be out for the rest of the 2020-21 campaign due to injury. Per an announcement by the Red Wings organization, Bertuzzi may require surgery due to his upper-body injury and Nielsen is done for the year with a lower-body injury.

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Head coach Jeff Blashill said Thursday he hopes Bertuzzi can get the injury looked after and get back to 100% for next season. He noted, “It’s been unfortunate for ‘Bert. The focus right now for ‘Bert’ is getting himself healthy at the start of next season.” He added, “I know he’ll work hard with our medical staff to try to get himself into that position.”

As for Nielsen, the 36-year-old is likely winding things down in the NHL and hasn’t produced much this season. He’s got six points in 26 games and with a contract valued at $5.25 million per season including for next season, it’s logical to assume the Red Wings may look at buying him out over the summer.

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The Red Wings are headed for the NHL Draft Lottery and losing both players simply keeps them in a strong position to finish near the bottom of the standings. Sitting in the No. 26 spot with 39 points, they have a decent shot of winding up in the bottom three of this year’s draft.

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Tyler Bertuzzi Red Wings

The Buffalo Sabres likely have the bottom position sewn up but Ottawa, Anaheim and New Jersey all have games in hand on Detroit and could move past the Red Wings with a handful of wins.

As for Bertuzzi, the injury isn’t great timing as he was finishing up a contract year and set to become a restricted free agent. He’ll close out the season with seven points in nine games, which hinted that he could have exploded offensively in 2020-21, but now we’ll never know.

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