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Landon Ferraro looked like a player who's more than willing to earn a spot on the Red Wings' fourth line next September and work his way up from there, but with Darren Helm returning to the lineup and Todd Bertuzzi deemed healthy for Tuesday's game against Columbus (by the Wings' coach, after Detroit's 3-2 OT loss to Minnesota on Sunday), the Wings are no longer in "roster emergency" territory, so either Ferraro or Cory Emmerton had to head back to Grand Rapids. The Wings chose to send down a player the Griffins need to bolster their scoring:
Ferraro didn't register a point in 4 games played, but he displayed speed, grit, playmaking ability and a lunchpail mentality. He's out of waiver options next season, and it'll be interesting to see whether he's got more of a scoring upside, or whether, as Fox Sports Detroit's Chris Osgood suggested, he may have to pull a Luke Glendening and embrace playing with an edge. Osgood suggested that Ferraro could be the next Dallas Drake.
So I wrote this on Twitter, and I think it's important to relate to you.
So I'm at the Wings' summer camp in 2010, and Nyquist is there. He's absolutely scrawny, not Jarnkrok or Daniel Larsson scrawny, but close. 5'10," 160 pounds.
Very seriously, this kid, who's been growing up in Sweden, and has a pronounced accent, says he's gonna play college hockey at Maine. Says the language issue won't be a problem.
Updated with videos and stuff at 11:25 PM: I don't even know. I don't even know how to put this one together.
The Red Wings, playing their 5th game in 8 nights, and getting ready for a stretch of 4 in 6, played incredibly mentally tired and sometimes downright lackadaisical hockey en route to blowing yet another 2-0 lead and yet another 3rd period lead to the Minnesota Wild, losing 4-3 in overtime...
But the point is essential in terms of the Wild Card standings, and while the Wings split their home-and-home series...Given that the team was out-shot 25-16, given that the Wings won all of 37% of their faceoffs, given that the Wild had 49 shot attempts to the Wings' 36...
I try to avoid posting after Paul lets the live blog go, well, "live," but this note from the Red Wings' Game-Day Blog merits mentioning:
On This Day in Red Wings' History...
On March 23, 1956
Legend Ted Lindsay, who received a death-threat from Maple Leafs' fans earlier in the day, scored the game-winner to lift the Red Wings to a 5-4 overtime victory in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup semifinals in Toronto.
You'll have to turn up the volume for this one, but it's worth it:
The Red Wings head into this week with a need-to-win game against Minnesota tonight (7:30 on NBCSN) and a must-must win against Columbus on Tuesday, a need-to-win against Montreal on Thursday and a must-must-win game in Toronto next Saturday, all before wrapping up the team's second straight set of 5 games in 8 nights against Tampa Bay on the 30th.
The Wings may get down to only 8 injuries tonight if Joakim Andersson returns, but MLive's Ansar Khan (via RedWingsFeed) asked the Wings' statistician to quantify the Red Wings' injuries, and the numbers are...record-setting:
Also of Tweet-related note:
Edit: OOPS WRONG BLOG OH WELL.
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch begins his Sunday rumor column discussing the fates of Nashville Predators GM David Poile, Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis and Washington Capitals GM George McPhee, but I'm guessing that you won't find that news scintillating, so here are a few other highlights from a column discussing Jeremy Roenick's possible role in a Seattle-based franchise and the Senators' possible player personnel moves:
The cap is expected to go up $6 to $7 million. You really have to wonder just how much a guy like Colorado centre Paul Statsny will cash in if he does decide to become a UFA. Lots of teams will be looking for help up the middle ... Expect to see Sabres GM Tim Murray try to do more wheeling and dealing in the off-season. He would still like to move forwards Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis and defenceman Christian Erhoff. The club will also listen to offers for blueliner Tyler Myers. The belief is Murray wants to tear this down and get it right.
And I still shake my head at the price the Canadiens paid for Thomas Vanek, but there's no doubt that he's a strict rental:
Our blogging software is remarkably stable here at KK, but if you forget to save your entries in progress, it can be pretty unforgiving, so I accidentally hit the "back" button on my browser after spending 40 minutes lamenting the fact that Red Wings coach Mike Babcock hasn't even been in the discussion for the Jack Adams Award despite having enjoyed a healthy roster on perhaps five occasions out of the Wings' 70 games played, including Saturday's 3-2 win over Minnesota, despite having lost players like Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Niklas Kronwall, Jimmy Howard, Daniel Alfredsson, Johan Franzen, Jonathan Ericsson and the ever-essential Darren Helm in addition to the regularly broken Mikael Samuelsson and Daniel Cleary...
And despite having been hamstrung in terms of personnel available by the salary cap and his own stubbornness.
The Red Wings no longer have a "roster emergency" because Darren Helm was fit to play today, so the team had to send someone down to Grand Rapids. They chose to send the Griffins' leading goal-scorer back to the AHL as the Griffins attempt to defend their Calder Cup Championship, and playing on the fourth line wasn't necessarily in Teemu Pulkkinen's job description. From the Wings:
DETROIT ASSIGNS PULKKINEN TO GRAND RAPIDS
… Winger Skated in Three NHL Games During Stint with Detroit …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Teemu Pulkkinen to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
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