Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/11/06 at 04:05 PM ET
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday for conditioning. He is scheduled to be in the lineup tonight when the Griffins host the Peoria Rivermen in a 7 p.m. start at Van Andel Arena.update 1:20pm, Since the Wings want to avoid Krownall playing in back to back games, I imagine he will not be re-called for the Avs game tomorrow. He will probably remain with Grand Rapids through the Olympic break, but I could be wrong. update 2:26pm, Moving around different Wings forums, some say he will be back with the Wings tomorrow. Now how about this, is there a chance for him to still play with Sweden in the Olympics? update 6:30am Sunday, via the Detroit News,
Under the new collective bargaining agreement, NHL players can't be sent down to the minor league during the Olympics, and non-Olympic players have mandatory off time until Feb. 22. Kronwall will abide by the off time, then report to Grand Rapids on Feb. 22 in time for a three-game trip through the weekend. The Wings, and Kronwall, were hoping for this type of resolution, which enables him to continue playing and practicing.A question for Mr. Kulfan of the Detroit News, if this is what the Wings were hoping for, why didn't you keep your readers informed of this possible scenario? update 6:57am Sunday, via the Grand Rapids Press,
I had two options," said Kronwall, who returned to the Wings on Feb. 1 from the preseason knee injury. "One was to come down here and play tonight (and two more road games) or play tomorrow against Colorado and not play again until the 28th. "I could get three games in instead of one. This felt like the better option. (The Olympics) would be a great experience. It's basically taking the NHL and making it into six or seven teams. But it is what it is, and I think the best decision was made."
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