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Todd Bertuzzi out of action with mono

Todd Bertuzzi

Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi is seen during a break in drills at the Troy Sports Center in Troy, Mich., Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. While lawyers work on putting a new collective bargaining agreement on paper, NHL players have a little more of a sense of urgency during informal workouts they’ve been putting together during the lockout. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


We’ve seen groin pulls and other assorted ailments through training camp, but leave it to Detroit’s Todd Bertuzzi to take the cake.

Ansar Khan of reports the rugged forward is out of action with a case of mono. For the record, Bertuzzi is 37 years-old and not a fresh-out-of-college kid. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock says Bertuzzi will miss a “chunk of time” with the sickness. At least he’s being descriptive, right?

With Bertuzzi out and Patrick Eaves not quite ready to play the Wings will roll with Jan Mursak at forward tonight against St. Louis. The Wings fight for the playoffs this season was already set to be tough and being without Bertuzzi for a long stretch will only make it that much harder.