Red Wings’ top prospect Igor Grigorenko was injured early Friday morning in a one-car accident in his hometown of Togliatti, Russia.
Grigorenko suffered a broken leg and hip. He had surgery on the leg on Friday and procedures are scheduled for the hip on Saturday.
Mark Lapush, Grigorenko’s agent, passed along the following account of the accident: Grigorenko dropped off his girlfriend and was heading home, it was raining and the road was slippery, and Grigorenko lost control going around a curve.
On the possibility of the accident being alcohol-related, Lapush said, “I know this guy. He was not drinking at all.”
The Wings had been in negotiations with Lapush, hoping to bring Grigorenko to North America for next season with the possibility of him following in the footsteps of young stars Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. With Grigorenko now out for three to four months, his outlook is unclear.
“God willing, he’s going to be fine,” Lapush said. “I hope so.”