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Bye, Bye Brunnstrom?

That’s what Bob McKenzie tweeted today, as reposted by the Detroit Sports Site.

The Detroit Red Wings placed forward Fabian Brunnstrom on waivers Sunday, TSN’s Bob MacKenzie reported. Any NHL team can now claim Brunnstrom — if he clears, he’s likely headed to Grand Rapids for a spell. No corresponding roster move was announced.

I had to check my watch, twice, to make sure I hadn’t drank my whole Saturday off the calendar.  Despite the date snafu, there’s no reason to believe this one’s not true. More on this in a bit.

 

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stonehands-78's avatar

odd ...

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 10/29/11 at 06:48 PM ET

Heaton's avatar

Not that odd, with Commodore coming off the IR the Wings are at their max roster size, so if Conklin or Howard got hurt on a game day they’d be screwed.  Not to mention Brunnstrom is better served in GR if he isn’t going to play in Detroit.

Posted by Heaton on 10/29/11 at 06:50 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Kulfan, St. James, Khan and Roose all indicate that he’s probably headed to Grand Rapids. He needs to play, and with Emmerton and Eaves fighting for that final roster spot, he’s not going to get playing time in Detroit…

http://blogs.detroitnews.com/redwings/2011/10/29/fabian-brunnstrom-is-put-on-waivers/

http://www.freep.com/article/20111029/SPORTS05/111029009/Wings-need-players-step-up-tonight-vs-Wild-Brunnstrom-put-waivers?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Sports

http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/2011/10/red_wings_place_fabian_brunnst.html

http://redwings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=598034&navid=DL|DET|home

The Wings obviously receive the roster flexibility to bring up Smith to serve his suspension, call up a goalie, etc. (I don’t buy the diggers’ suggestions that the Wings would bring up Nyquist for the hell of it—he needs to prove that he can play pro hockey for a full year before the Wings decide to tap him on the shoulder regularly, especially as this is Tatar’s last year of waiver exemption and Mursak’s already going to be playing with the big club come January), and by not waiving Brunnstrom till the end of October—after having played in only one game—the Wings have shorn whatever bloom might have been on Brunnstrom’s rose after a solid pre-season’s worth of play.

He’s not a desirable commodity at this point and he’s got a much better chance of clearing waivers now than he would have had at the start of the regular season, and now he can finally go down to Grand Rapids, play on the first line and try to reestablish himself as a pro hockey player.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/29/11 at 07:12 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

The Wings obviously receive the roster flexibility to bring up Smith to serve his suspension

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 10/29/11 at 07:23 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

Can’t believe I overlooked that aspect of this.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 10/29/11 at 07:24 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

I keep wondering why Eaves is fighting for a spot.  The Wings were so happy to get him signed before July 1, but he didn’t play at the beginning of the regular season.  Did he not have a good pre-season?  Or what else might it be?  Geez, last year he spent some time on Z’s line.  I thought the guy was pretty darned good.

Posted by MsRedWinger from GlennieAbbyLand. Now in Flori-Duh. on 10/29/11 at 08:03 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Don’t know if I’ll be live blogging tonight, so just in case…

LET’S GO RED WINGS !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from GlennieAbbyLand. Now in Flori-Duh. on 10/29/11 at 08:04 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

I could see Nyquist getting some audition time (till Mursak is ready?). He’s got better hands than anyone else on 4th line. What I don’t know is who Commodore could knock out of the line up.

Posted by MoreShoot on 10/29/11 at 08:25 PM ET

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Posted by MoreShoot on 10/29/11 at 07:25 PM ET

I have to think it’s the Smith suspension thing because they’re planning on sending Brunstrom down in order to allow him to play, so why bring someone else up just to sit on the bench?

Posted by Garth on 10/29/11 at 08:50 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

...the Wings have shorn whatever bloom might have been on Brunnstrom’s rose after a solid pre-season’s worth of play.

Well put. Now I guess we’ll find out just how much the kid really does want to play for the Wings. If he goes to G.R. and sulks, he’s history. But if he accepts his fate and works hard to establish himself as a legitimate scoring threat, he’ll be back in Detroit before the playoffs begin.

And this could simply be a case of Uncle Mike or Tick Tock testing the kid. Personally, I hope he’s up to the challenge because he’s got legitimate skills. And he did everything they asked him to in the preseason, including spending more time at the net than around the face-off circles.

Best of luck to “Bruno.” Lord knows the Wings could use someone who can put the puck in the net.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/29/11 at 08:51 PM ET

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