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Red Wings Roster: Patrick Eaves Cleared to Play

Some great news out of Detroit this morning

Josh Howard

One of our favorite players, Patrick Eaves, has been cleared to return to NHL action after a nearly 14-month recovery following a broken jaw and concussion symptoms suffered as the result of blocking a shot in a Red Wings vs. Predators game in November 2011. Ansar Khan at MLive reports:

Eaves will start the season on the 23-man roster, which must be finalized by 3 p.m. Friday.

Center Darren Helm will start the season on short-term injured reserve, opening up a roster spot and enabling the club to delay making a more difficult roster decision.

Khan continues with an indication that a fully-healthy crop of forwards pushes Cory Emmerton or Jan Mursak off the roster. No surprise there, as Eaves has proven himself a very versatile penalty-killing forward with a heavy wrister and the ability to play in the top six if need be.

No word yet on who might take Eaves' place as resident human Zamboni. Let's just hope that Mike Babcock keeps him away from the shootout ;)