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Wings Recall Ryan Kuffner, Evgeny Svechnikov,  Alex Biega And Oliwer

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled left wing Ryan Kuffner, right wing Evgeny Svechnikov, defenseman Alex Biega and defenseman Oliwer Kaski from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the Red Wings placed left wing Andreas Athanasiou (retroactive to Sept. 20), center Frans Nielsen, defenseman Trevor Daley and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson on injured reserve and placed forwards Johan Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg on long-term injured reserve.

Kuffner scored his first professional goal in his AHL debut during the Griffins’ season-opening win on Saturday after signing with the organization as a free agent on March 12, 2019. The 23-year-old appeared in 10 NHL games with the Red Wings during the 2018-19 season following a four-year career at Princeton University, where he set the school record for goals after racking up 75 goals in 132 games from 2015-19. Kuffner totaled 152 points (75-77-152) and 20 penalty minutes in his four-year collegiate career. The Ottawa, Ontario, native was a 2019 ECAC First-Team All-Star after he was named an ECAC Second-Team All-Star as a junior in 2017-18.

Svechnikov made his season debut with the Griffins on Saturday after missing the entire 2018-19 season due to injury and picked up three points (1-2-3). The former first-round pick (19th overall) of the Red Wings in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has appeared in 16 NHL games with Detroit, notching four points (2-2-4) and eight penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 132 AHL games with the Griffins over the last four seasons, recording 77 points (28-49-77) and 122 penalty minutes, helping the team win a Calder Cup championship in 2017. A native of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia, Svechnikov spent two seasons with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League before turning professional, logging 157 points (64-93-157) and 167 penalty minutes in 105 games from 2014-16.

Biega, 31, was acquired by Detroit in a trade with Vancouver on Sunday and has appeared in 179 NHL games with the Canucks since 2014-15, totaling 36 points (4-32-36) and 94 penalty minutes. A 5-foot-10, 199-pound blueliner from Montreal, Quebec, Biega posted his best statistical season with Vancouver in 2018-19, registering a career-high 16 points (2-14-16) to rank fourth among Canucks defensemen in points, despite skating in only 41 games. Biega has also logged 351 games in the American Hockey League with the Portland Pirates, Rochester Americans and Utica Comets over his 10 professional seasons, registering 115 points (20-95-115), a plus-16 rating and 245 penalty minutes. Prior to his professional career, Biega spent four seasons at Harvard University, serving as captain in 2009-10. He recorded 70 points (15-55-70) in 131 collegiate games from 2006-10.

Kaski, 23, is in his first season in North America after signing with the Red Wings as a free agent in May 2019 and also scored in his AHL debut in Grand Rapids’ 8-5 win on Saturday. Kaski was the most-valuable player of the SM-Liiga, Finland’s top professional league, during the 2018-19 season after leading defensemen and finishing sixth overall in league scoring with 51 points (19-32-51) in 59 games with the Lahti Pelicans. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound blueliner has played parts of three seasons in the SM-Liiga for HIFK Helsinki and the Pelicans, totaling 73 points (30-43-73), a plus-15 rating and 20 penalty minutes in 144 games. Kaski also made his national team debut in 2018-19 and won a gold medal with Finland at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia, collecting two assists in 10 games.
 

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bigfrog's avatar

Wow.  Injuries piling up after two games. Of Course AA and Ericsson out since the preseason. Add Biega in a trade from Vancouver on Sunday.  Was hoping AA would be back in the lineup soon, but guess not. gulp

Posted by bigfrog on 10/07/19 at 08:26 PM ET

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Wow, that’s quite the list. I’m particularly excited to see Svechnikov and Kawski play.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 10/07/19 at 08:28 PM ET

The Meal's avatar

Y keeping his cards close to his vest so far in his new Wings tenure.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 10/07/19 at 08:29 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Interesting…..I hope this doesn’t mean an extended absence of AA…???

Also, interesting that Biega and not Bowey gets the call. 6 goals against in two games I guess calls for a stay at home defensive D-man with nhl experience.

I hope Svechnikov gets to play with Hirose, because pairing Hirose with Nielsen is a waist of Hirose’s creative ability. He needs a scorer to get the puck to.

Posted by Down River Dan on 10/07/19 at 09:29 PM ET

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Anyone know what the prognosis is on getting Zetterberg and Franzen healthy enough to play soon? We could use their skills.  #Unionsareridiculous

Posted by The Hurricane on 10/07/19 at 11:19 PM ET

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I kind of love that Yzerman says so little but doesn’t hesitate to make these moves.

We’d sort of speculated that Daley and Ericsson have been injured so often lately that at their mid-30s neither might end up playing a lot.

Biega looks like more of a depth version of what he did with Nemeth, Erne, and Filppula: quality veteran stability so the Wings don’t have to either rely on aging, injury prone veterans, or elevate too many young players at once without support.
Biega sounds like sort of a D version of Pickard, too: a veteran tutor and mentor who can help support the development of younger players.

Pope didn’t look like he had any future in the organization, even really in Grand Rapids.

Posted by lefty.30 on 10/07/19 at 11:22 PM ET

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No sleeping on laurels under Yzerman regime. Nicw contrast to Ken Holland’s complacency.

Posted by tutoka from Leelanau Peninsula on 10/08/19 at 02:15 AM ET

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How is Y doing anything different than Holland?

When the D got slammed with injuries last year, half the team was rookies.

Posted by ilovehomers on 10/08/19 at 07:11 AM ET

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How is Y doing anything different than Holland?

When the D got slammed with injuries last year, half the team was rookies.

Posted by ilovehomers on 10/08/19 at 07:11 AM ET

Exactly! Yzerman isn’t doing anything drastic here. Vets got injured and they recalled young guys from the minors. None of these moves are anything special.
I understand people are excited about Yzerman, but let’s not get crazy.

Posted by George0211 on 10/08/19 at 07:53 AM ET

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I understand people are excited about Yzerman, but let’s not get crazy.

Who, exactly, is getting crazy?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 10/08/19 at 08:25 AM ET

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I agree about not getting carried away. That said, I have a hard time seeing KH doing the Biega trade (not that I’m expecting much more than a warm body from him).

Posted by RyanVM on 10/08/19 at 08:26 AM ET

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Anyone know what the prognosis is on getting Zetterberg and Franzen healthy enough to play soon? We could use their skills.  #Unionsareridiculous

Posted by The Hurricane on 10/07/19 at 11:19 PM ET

How is that a “union” issue?  I’ll answer since you obviously have no clue, it isn’t.  Maybe you should read and understand the CBA before spouting off.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 10/08/19 at 08:48 AM ET

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Also, interesting that Biega and not Bowey gets the call. 6 goals against in two games I guess calls for a stay at home defensive D-man with nhl experience.

Posted by Down River Dan on 10/07/19 at 09:29 PM ET

So you know this is a story about these guys just getting called up right? Unless your seeing a linuep posted with Biega dressing over Bowey?

I would assume that Biega is not the kind of “talent” that you just dress before getting him acclimated and up to speed in your system, if he were to start over Bowey tonight, that would tell me that Bowey is injured, or the coach really thinks he sucks, potential for both.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 10/08/19 at 08:53 AM ET

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So you know this is a story about these guys just getting called up right?

No. That’s why he said “I guess”. Because he doesn’t know.

Unless your seeing a linuep posted with Biega dressing over Bowey?

It’s you’re, not your.

that would tell me that Bowey is injured, or the coach really thinks he sucks, potential for both.

So you know the story about these guys based on what could potentially happen tonight?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 10/08/19 at 09:50 AM ET

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So you know this is a story about these guys just getting called up right? Unless your seeing a linuep posted with Biega dressing over Bowey?

I would assume that Biega is not the kind of “talent” that you just dress before getting him acclimated and up to speed in your system, if he were to start over Bowey tonight, that would tell me that Bowey is injured, or the coach really thinks he sucks, potential for both.

Posted by MurrayChadwick

Who even said that either of these 2 will dress tonight?
I think, out of three: Biega, Bowey, Kaski - the first two are more probable candidates for a press box. Or, in other scenario RW dress 7 defensemen including Kaski and one of Biega/Bowey.

Posted by wings8 on 10/08/19 at 09:54 AM ET

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How is that a “union” issue?  I’ll answer since you obviously have no clue, it isn’t.  Maybe you should read and understand the CBA before spouting off.

Answered your own question. CBA. These contracts should be off the books. The fact that they need to play games by putting them on LTIR is ridiculous and does more damage to the sport as a whole than it helps. Your opinion obviously differs, and that is ok with me.

Posted by The Hurricane on 10/08/19 at 10:14 AM ET

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Posted by The Hurricane on 10/08/19 at 10:14 AM ET

Who owns the league = NHL Owners
Who exploited the holes in the 1st cap CBA = NHL GMs inc. Holland Bowman and others
Who changed the rules to penalize teams who exploited the holes in the system (Bettman and the Owners). 
Who created these LTIR situations to exploit that hole = NHL GMs.

Again not seeing where the Union is at fault here? I’m not myself union guy by the way, I don’t begrudge people’s right to bargain either, just not taking some blind solidarity with the brothers stand.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 10/08/19 at 10:50 AM ET

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Who even said that either of these 2 will dress tonight?

Posted by wings8 on 10/08/19 at 09:54 AM ET

Did you not see that I quoted Downriver Dan?

 


Alrighty, we got Professor CharDeeMacDennis starting off 2019/2020 season with his spell check grammar hall monitor badge on, duly noted dude, good thing you were able to interpret what I said on a hockey forum.  I’ll make sure I review all posts for grammar and content from here out, oh wait, actually I won’t cause that’s equally stupid, petty and a waste of my time. Thanks though.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 10/08/19 at 10:55 AM ET

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I understand your position MurrayChadwick. I also understand how complicated this issue gets…once you start looking deeper into the insurance implications and all the math that needs to happen to get under a cap….my point is simply that the players union is not helping the players here. To MY understanding, the fact that LTIR contracts are still on the books, minimizes all player contracts and ultimately removes opportunity for other younger players to get an opportunity.  There should be a way to remove players from the cap hit who commit to never playing professional hockey again. I am not saying the owners should get off from not fulfilling those contracts, just that they shouldn’t count against the team.
I hate the entire idea of a CBA to begin with…any time you monkey with a free market system, there are more losers than winners… excellence is punished and ‘good enough’ gets rewarded.

Posted by The Hurricane on 10/08/19 at 11:32 AM ET

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Posted by The Hurricane on 10/08/19 at 11:32 AM ET

Everything your saying though is to the benefit of the owners. If the union had their way, the NHL would be a free market with guaranteed contracts, that’s what the last lockout was about. The GMs skirted the system and the owners put in these rules. What your suggesting is allowing teams to circumvent the cap which the NHL wanted to stop.

The argument to be made against the union is their fight for guaranteed contracts vs. a system like the NFL that allowed the owners to cut bait with a player because they’re hurt or don’t produce any longer.  I tend to side with the players on that one, I think you do as well based on your comments.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 10/08/19 at 12:28 PM ET

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Did you not see that I quoted Downriver Dan?

Alrighty, we got Professor MurrayChadwick starting off 2019/2020 season fighting the good fight against the straw man arguments that he made up in his own head.

Alrighty, we got Professor CharDeeMacDennis starting off 2019/2020 season with his spell check grammar hall monitor badge on

Act like a child, get treated like a child.

oh wait, actually I won’t cause that’s equally stupid, petty and a waste of my time. Thanks though.

Who could ever imagine why anyone would treat you like a child?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 10/08/19 at 02:10 PM ET

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Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 10/08/19 at 02:10 PM ET

Straw man? Dude made a comment I responded to his comment, interesting that Biega and not Bowey gets the call, nothing made up, you can easily scroll your little mouse up the house, and take a look. 

I’m actually surprised you missed this as you were checking folks for spelling and correct grammar, which nobody needs or asked you to do, this isn’t the 3rd grade English class you teach.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 10/08/19 at 03:16 PM ET

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