The Detroit Red Wings have shut down defenseman Mike Green for the remainder of the season.
Green has experienced a reactivation of the same virus that kept him out for the majority of October. It was initially believed he would be out seven to 10 days due to a flare-up but the team announced Thursday Green had to see a specialist and the decision was made to put him out through the end of the season.
Head coach Jeff Blashill isn’t worried long-term about Green.
“I’ve been told of no concern at all long term,” Blashill said via Yahoo! Sports. “Obviously, like anything else in life, you never know, you take everything day to day, but they think it’s a virus that with proper rest he’ll be fine but you can’t get proper rest when you’re going through an NHL season. The purpose of holding him out for the rest of the year is that he can fully recover and once he’s fully recovered he should be totally fine.”
Green signed a two-year $10.75 million deal last summer. He’s scored 26 points with five goals in 43 games this season. He missed 12 games earlier this season due to a foot injury.
The Red Wings are all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and Green being out will give them time to develop youth.