According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, who still has me blocked on Twitter, Red Wings’ forward Teemu Pulkkinen is out up to six months after having offseason shoulder surgery.
#RedWings Teemu Pulkkinen had shoulder surgery in Finland in early June, expected recovery time 4-6 months. He is a restricted free agent.
— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) July 5, 2016
This would seemingly lower his value as a restricted free agent. Unfortunately, it also lowers his value as trade bait, if the Wings were trying to use him to acquire the much-needed defenseman.
On the plus side, it opens up a roster spot on a logjammed forward corps, at least until his return.