Detroit heads into training camp all kinds of banged up


Niklas Kronwall wonders if his knee will ever be pain-free.

Jonathan Ericsson said his ailing hip gets a little worse every year.

Henrik Zetterberg is limited due to the injury that kept him out of the World Cup.

Teemu Pulkkinen is hoping to be a full camp participant after undergoing shoulder surgery in June.

And now, you can add Tomas Jurco to the list of walking wounded — on Thursday, Detroit head coach Jeff Blashill announced Jurco would be out until early November after undergoing back surgery.

Jurco, 23, is coming off a bit of a disappointing ’15-16 campaign, in which he only scored four goals and six points in 44 appearances. Those numbers were all down from the previous year (three goals, 18 points in 63 games), with the decrease in games played probably the most alarming.

Jurco was repeatedly a healthy scratch both during the regular season and in the playoffs. In an effort to get him some playing time, the Wings sent Jurco down to AHL Grand Rapids on a conditioning stint in mid-November.

The bigger story, of course, is Detroit’s health heading into the campaign. In addition to the five guys listed above, Wings GM Ken Holland has already ruled out both Johan Franzen and Joe Vitale for the year, as both are dealing with concussion issues.