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The Red Wings sent Jordin Tootoo to Grand Rapids today, and if Patrick Eaves clears waivers, he'll follow Tootoo to the AHL. While Tootoo--and his father, Barney--view the demotion as a significant setback, the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that Griffins coach Jeff Blashill hopes to make the most of Tootoo's addition, especially given that the AHL's much more...let's say "rugged" than the NHL in terms of frequency of fighting:
“From I’ve observed and from what I’ve gathered, Jordin is a very good person who brings energy and physicality and toughness to a team,” he said of the veteran [forward]. “I don’t know exactly what role yet that means. But we’ll try and utilize him as effectively as possible.”
Blashill said he will “sit down with staff in the morning” and decide who Tootoo will be paired with, and the best way to use him. The Griffins already have a physical presence with defenseman Brendan Evans and forwards Triston Grant and Mitch Callahan.
“I think physicality is a positive thing,” Blashill said. “That’s an attribute you want on your hockey team and you can’t have too much of that. Every player brings different things to the table, so we try to do our best to put them in a position to be successful. That’s what we’ll try to do with Jordin as well.”
Wallner continues, noting that Tootoo, Eaves and the recently-demoted Xavier Ouellet will bolster a streaking Griffins team that's receiving key contributions from Cory Emmerton and Gustav Nyquist.
As the only coach to be inducted into the Triple Gold Club – hockey people who have won the Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold and the World Championships – Mike Babcock keeps some very exclusive company. Today, the longtime coach of the Detroit Red Wings and McGill alumnus (BEd86) became a member of another select club with the announcement that his alma mater will confer an honorary doctorate upon him as part of Fall Convocation 2013.
Babcock will be made a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, as part of the Convocation ceremonies to be held on Monday, Nov. 25. McGill will also bestow honorary degrees to Calgary philanthropists and McGill benefactors Richard A. Walls and Carolina J. Walls, both of whom will receive a degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa. The honorees will share the stage with approximately 1,800 graduating students at the ceremonies to be held at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts in Montreal.
Updated 21x at 5:25 PM: The Red Wings got back to work at the Joe today, hoping to solve their scoring issues ahead of tomorrow night's game against the Washington Capitals.
As one might expect of a team that's winless in four and hasn't won a home game in six tries, personnel tweaks are on the way, as reported by MLive's Ansar Khan...
Wings on ice for practice. This time Tatar is in gray, usually worn by players scratched next game. Tootoo and Eaves also in gray.
Cleary back in white jersey, skating with bottom six. Looks like he'll be back in lineup Friday vs. Washington.
The CBC's Elliotte Friedman reports that the Red Wings are waiving Patrick Eaves, and it's hard to imagine that he won't be picked up with an an at-least-not-terrible-to-snag $1.2 million salary...
Does Eaves being waived pave the way for Gustav Nyquist's recall, or does it mean that Ken Holland's statement about the team needing to alleviate a cap crunch by waiving Eaves to simply make room for Ericsson and Smith by waiving both Tootoo and Eaves is more accurate? I have no *#$%@& clue.
I happen to believe that the best thing one can greet fans with when one's sports team is losing is silence, and I sort of assumed that the Red Wings would just take the "off day" to practice (which they didn't) and attend the Toast of Hockeytown, which they did (yay charitable function + fan interaction!)...
And DetroitRedWings.com's Andrea Nelson reports that the Wings did indeed appreciate mingling with their fans while raising $27,000 for the Red Wings Foundation, the team's charitable arm:
The Grand Rapids Griffins faced an old nemesis in the Milwaukee Admirals on Wednesday, and they earned what's become a typical result against Milwaukee--a 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators' AHL affiliate, which is essentially the Griffins' version of facing kryptonite.
The Griffins' website provides a recap of the festivities, noting that the Griffins' record to this point has been what its parent club had hoped for and then some...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Nyquist, 24, might be recalled at some point this season. But he can’t come up as a temporary replacement for an injured player; the move must be permanent. That’s because Nyquist will be out of AHL options once he plays two more NHL games and would need to clear waivers to be sent back down.
As it is, the Red Wings will need to make a couple of moves to accommodate the return of defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, who is expected to come off long-term injured reserve and play Friday against the Washington Capitals at Joe Louis Arena.
Jordin Tootoo, who cleared waivers last week, likely will be assigned to Grand Rapids. Patrick Eaves might be waived.
The Red Wings, winless in their past six home games (0-1-5), are tied for 21st in the league in goals per game (2.47). Datsyuk scored both of their goals in Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Winnipeg. Zetterberg did likewise in Saturday’s 3-2 OT loss to Tampa Bay. This team has gone four games without a goal from any forward not on the top line.
[Red Wings GM Ken] Holland said the solution must come from within.
“That’s it, that’s the team,’’ Holland said. “We’re not the first team in the league to have struggles. There is no hockey store. It’s got to be done internally.’’
added 5:41pm, from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
The Wings simply don’t have a roster spot or salary-cap space to recalled Nyquist.
“It’s complicated,” Holland said.
more, basically the same information as the Khan story, with Holland stating that the Wings would already exceed the salary cap with Tootoo demoted and Ericsson and Smith healthy:
Mike Babcock was on Sportsnet's Hockey Central at Noon today and discussed topics like rule changes, the play of the Wings and more.
Listen/watch the 12 minute interview:
Update: Here's a downloadable audio clip if you're not interested in click-and-watch:
Updated 3x at 2:43 PM: The Detroit Red Wings will attempt to win their first home game in seven tries and rebound from Tuesday's loss to Winnipeg when the Wings host the 9-8-and-1 Washington Capitals visit the Joe on Friday (minus Mike Green, according to NHL.com). The Capitals defeated Columbus in a 4-3 OT decision on Tuesday (they won't play again until Friday's game, just like the Wings), and RedWingsFeed noted that Capitals coach and former Red Wing Adam Oates comes to town...
Bearing compliments galore for a former adversary in Chris Chelios. Oates praised Chelios's
legendary status as a mean, vicious pain in the ass, I mean competitiveness, while speaking with Comcast Sportsnet Washington's Chuck Gormley:
“For me, during my career because we overlapped, he was the hardest guy ever to play against,” Oates said Tuesday. “I was a right-shot center and I went down the left side and he was always there. He was really difficult to play against, a fantastic player.”
I'm going to do this Red Wings prospect-related entry a little backwards. I usually lead whatever entry coincides with the Grand Rapids Griffins' press release with the...Grand Rapids Griffins' press release.
On Tuesday evening, however, RedWingsCentral posted its slate of fall prospect rankings, and these rankings tend to be pretty influential, so here's a small sampling thereof (RWC actually lists 21 prospects in its Top 20, and its bluntness about Martin Frk is intriguing):
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