DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings center Luke Glendening underwent successful surgery on his left ankle to repair tendon damage. The procedure was performed on Monday, June 5 by Dr. Don Bohay in Grand Rapids, Mich. Glendening suffered a fractured ankle and partially torn tendons and missed the final seven games of the 2016-17 campaign. His expected recovery time is three to four months.
“The surgery was done to repair an injury he suffered late in the season,” said Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland. “We hoped he would improve with rest and immobilization, but we decided at this point that surgery was necessary to make sure he is ready for the 2017-18 season.”
The injury happened on March 27th in the makeup game created when an earlier-season tilt against the Hurricanes was canceled due to bad ice conditions. Glendening was checked and fell awkwardly into the boards early in the first period. You might also remember this game as the one where Eddie Lack had to be stretchered off after Andreas Athanasiou's OT game-winner where AA was cross-checked in the back (and was also injured) before crashing awkwardly into Lack.
With the announced 3-4 month timeline for Glendening, that would put him out as late as the first week of October (hooray math!), which would have him ready for the start of the season. Glendening will be starting the first year of a four-year extension with a $1.8M cap hit this coming season and it will be important that his surgically repaired ankle is able to properly heal. If he doesn't have to be rushed back, I'm sure fans wouldn't be totally distraught if the Wings had to at least temporarily go with a guy like Tomas Nosek or Axel Holmstrom as the team's fourth line center for a stint.
Of course this all depends on what happens with the expansion draft, trades, and free agency too. It's possible that one of those guys gets a look regardless of whether Glendening rehabs in time.