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From the Grand Rapids Griffins:
Following his seizure during last night’s Grand Rapids Griffins game and his subsequent evaluation at the hospital, forward Alden Hirschfeld was in good spirits Saturday morning as he visited his teammates and coaches in the team’s locker room at Van Andel Arena.
Now traveling to Toledo to rest at home with his family, Hirschfeld released the following statement:
“I’m feeling good. Obviously it was unfortunate what happened, but those are things that life brings and you’ve got to learn to deal with them.
I’m super thankful for all the kind words and thoughts and prayers from the fans, and especially the efforts of the paramedics, doctors and (Griffins athletic trainer) John Bernal. It was great to have my parents, my wife and daughter there to be with me.
I’m feeling good, obviously trying to just recover and take it easy for a couple days here, get some further evaluations from the doctors and then go from there. But hopefully I’ll be back on the ice very shortly and contributing to help whatever team I’m playing for win.”
MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding the decision to place Jakub Kindl on waivers:
General manager Ken Holland stepped up efforts to trade Kindl the past few days but nobody was willing to acquire him for a draft pick or a prospect and the Red Wings can't afford to take back salary in return. Kindl has one more year remaining on his contract, after this season, at $2.4 million.
"We're going through the maneuvers we're going to have to go through to position ourselves," Holland said. "If (Kindl) is claimed, I'll be happy for him. If he's not claimed then we'll have to make a move."
This enables the Red Wings to keep rookie defenseman Alexey Marchenko on the roster. Marchenko has played extremely well and has been a fixture in the lineup, appearing in 34 consecutive games since being recalled on Oct. 24.
The Red Wings need to make a move due to cap constraints, not the 23-man roster, since Quincey's return would give them 23 active players, including Kindl and Marchenko.
"When you're in a LTI situation the league takes a snap shot of what your payroll is at. That becomes your cap," Holland said. "On opening day, after we put Pav (Datsyuk) on LTI we got as high as we could -- $66 million – with all the moves we did. Then, unfortunately, (Johan) Franzen went on LTI 4-5 days in, and he'll be on LTI all season, so we're not getting out of LTI. In effect we have a $66 million cap, not a $71 million cap because of the way the rule reads. So we got to deal with it."
Update: Here's more from Holland via the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:
Jakub Kindl placed on waivers today according to numerous reports.
Of Red Wings-related note on a ridiculously soggy Saturday morning in Metro Detroit:
1. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan reports that the vast majority of the Red Wings' games--as you might expect--have been one-goal affairs, and the Wings' record in one-goal games is pretty damn good:
Thursday’s 2-1 victory over the Sharks was the 26th one-goal game for the Red Wings, who are 16-3-7 in those games. They have played 41 games overall.
“So many games by one goal,” Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek said. “(Whether we are) winning or losing, we have to be focused for 60 minutes.”
It’s safe to say the Red Wings are getting comfortable playing in close games. But ...
“It would be nice if we had a little insurance, but the way it’s going right now, that’s just now how it is,” defenseman Danny DeKeyser said. “We just have to battle it out and if we win 2-1, we’re happy with that.”
Kulfan continues, and discusses the Wings' PK and Mrazek's play;
2. Kulfan also discusses Danny DeKeyser's attempts to generate offense without "taking away from his defensive game," as evidenced by his goal on Thursday:
Of prospect-related note:
In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins had a difficult Friday night. Already playing without Xavier Ouellet, Nick Jensen, Andreas Athanasiou, Mitch Callahan, Tom McCollum, Daniel Cleary and Triston Grant, defenseman Richard Nedomlel got kicked out early in the second period of their game against the Milwaukee Admirals, yielding a seriously shorthanded blueline nursing a 2-1 lead...
And then reality intervened in a terrifying manner. Alden Hirschfeld had a seizure on the bench and had to be carted off on a stretcher, and while Hirschfeld is OK, the event stopped the game and shook up the Griffins, the Admirals and the crowd at Van Andel Arena significantly.
The Griffins scored all the goals they'd needed by the time Hirschfeld suffered his seizure, so when the game resumed, Tomas Nosek's goal and assist, Martin Frk's goal and assist, Nathan Paetsch's goal and assist, they'd already been scored and accounted for, and a little over half of Jared Coreau's 31 saves had been made, so that inevitable desire to continue the game without a fallen comrade yielded a 4-1 margin that stood up as a 4-2 Griffins victory over Milwaukee.
Whether or not they should have continued playing isn't up to me to judge. I'm going to relate the details of the Griffins' win and say a very rare prayer for Alden Hirschfeld and his family.
Here's the Griffins' recap of the game...
Grand Rapids Griffins forward Alden Hirschfeld had a seizure during Friday night's Griffins-Admirals game, and the Griffins filed a statement after the game:
STATEMENT ON ALDEN HIRSCHFELD
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Grand Rapids Griffins forward Alden Hirschfeld suffered a medical incident on the team's bench with 6:19 remaining in the second period of tonight's game against the Milwaukee Admirals at Van Andel Arena. After being attended to by paramedics and Griffins medical and training staffs, he was transported to a local hospital in stable condition for further evaluation. More information will be made available as warranted.
The game was temporarily suspended with the Griffins leading 4-1. The teams went to their locker rooms while the ice was resurfaced, and play recently resumed with 6:19 remaining in the second period.
The Grand Rapids Press's Peter Wallner reported from the game...
via Michelle's Twitter...
The medics have an IV and oxygen tank out tending to the downed player. Still can't tell who it is though
Sounds like it might be Alden Hirschfeld that's being gended to be medics. Still waiting for confirmation though
Hirschfeld is now standing up, gives wave to the crowd & is stretchered off (precautionary). Huge cheers to see he's up & moving
more tweets from Michelle...
Prepare for a slightly fluffy entry: The Red Wings received Friday off, and they spent their break at Huntington Beach, as illustrated by the players' Instagram accounts:
Via RedWingsFeed, MLive's Ansar Khan engaged in an extended and extensive interview with Ken Holland, reflecting upon the Red Wings' "first half" of the 2015-16 season, as well as the team's outlook going forward:
"A bit of a roller coaster ride, but I think it's a roller coaster league," general manager Ken Holland said. "The league is really close. Last year we had 100 points and 97 missed the playoffs. I don't see teams needing quite as many points this year because of parity; 94-95 possibly gets in."
The Red Wings, trying to extend their playoff streak to 25 seasons, are on pace for 98 points.
"We're relatively satisfied where we're at in the standings," Holland said. "There's areas we'd like to improve, but there's 29 other teams saying that. Everybody is going through the same things we're going through, other than Dallas (62 points) and Washington (63 points)."
Scoring was a major concern earlier in the season, when the Red Wings ranked last in the league in shots per game and shot differential. But their puck possession predictably improved when Pavel Datsyuk returned after missing 15 games following off-season ankle surgery.
"Two tough stretches; we went 1-5-1 after a 3-0 start, then lost four of five in regulation around Christmas," Holland said. "Other than those two stretches we've played pretty good. We're right in the hunt with everyone in our division."
Khan continues, and here's Holland's best quote about the youth movement:
San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton received a double-minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct for his actions in the closing seconds of the Red Wings' 2-1 win over the Sharks last night...
And Comcast Sportsnet California's Kevin Kurz reports that what some might find to be skullduggery or cheap shots, the Sharks see as "leadership":
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