Andreas Lilja Undergoes An Appendectomy
Total Pro Sports – The Red Wings loose big defenceman Andreas Lilja for an extended period of time. The Wings are so deep because of there great scouts, this should not affect them one bit.
Andreas Lilja was in the hospital to have his appendix removed, Darren McCarty cleared waivers and remains a Red Wing, and Darren Helm got sent to the minor leagues.
It was a rather eventful Tuesday for the Wings before they left town for tonight’s game in St. Louis.
Lilja, 33, a 6-foot-3, 228-pound defenseman, underwent a laparoscopic appendectomy at Detroit Medical Center.
The laparoscopic technique is said to be minimally invasive, using small incisions and a camera.
The Red Wings announced late Tuesday afternoon Lilja could return to the lineup as soon as Friday’s game against the Thrashers.
“He’ll be fine,” coach Mike Babcock said. “He’ll be back right away. Friday night, he should be ready to go. That’s what I’ve been told. A healthy athlete, they say there should be no issue whatsoever.”
Lilja had practiced Monday, but was complaining recently about stomach pains.
“I didn’t even know anything until I got here this morning,” said Brett Lebda, Lilja’s defensive partner.
Derek Meech will replace Lilja in the lineup tonight.