Red Wings’ Tyler Bertuzzi Undergoes Back Surgery

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DETROIT, May 7, 2021 ~ Wednesday, the Detroit Red Wings stated that Forward Tyler Bertuzzi underwent a successful back surgery on April 30 in New York City.

Tyler is a pretty positive person generally,” Head Coach Jeff Blashill said. “He’s been frustrated with the way everything shook out. He wants to play hockey. But he understands he went through the right process to this point and now it’s in the rehab process.”

On January 30, Bertuzzi exited the game early, due to back pain. He appeared in just nine games this season, and was leading the team with five goals when he had to pull out. He spent the following three months training to make a comeback before it was apparent an operation would be necessary.

Bertuzzi is due for a new contract, and with two 21-goal seasons back-to-back, he has made a case for his worth.

Like any injury, you never know for sure what recovery is like, but there is an anticipation that he is going to be able to make a full recovery and be ready at the start of next year,” said Blashill. “We’ll see.”