Detroit Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula is expected to miss 6-8 weeks due to a sprained right knee, according to a report by Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.
Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, St. James states that Filppula sustained the injury on Tuesday while playing for Jokerit of the SM-liiga in Finland. A native of Vantaa in Finland, Filppula opted to return home to play following the enactment of the NHL lockout on Sept. 15.
As of this time, negotiations between the NHL and NHL Players Association on a new collective bargaining agreement have stalled and no future talks are currently scheduled.
In relation to Filppula's injury, if the league resumes regular business and he is unable to play, the Red Wings will have the option of suspending him without pay until he is able to return. Filppula is entering the final year of a five-year contract that would have paid him $3.5 million had the season started on time. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent following the season.