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Bertuzzi insurance, your name is Chris Conner

Chris Conner didn’t play a part in the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 4-3 shootout win over the the Okalahoma City Barons on Saturday night, but with Ken Holland in attendance, Conner did enough to receive quite the reward—Conner will head to Detroit to serve as an insurance policy should Todd Bertuzzi (groin) be unable to play on Sunday afternoon versus Chicago. This is no small feat given that the Wings want to see what Conner can do before the playoffs start…Or that Conner avoided a 5-hour, middle-of-the-night bus ride to Hamilton, Ontario to play the Bulldogs on Sunday. Here’s the Griffins’ release:

The Detroit Red Wings on Saturday recalled right wing Chris Conner from the Grand Rapids Griffins. Conner saw a five-game point streak end on Saturday night as the Griffins extended their winning streak to five games with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Oklahoma City Barons. The 28-year-old forward ranks fourth on the Griffins with 36 points (11-25—36) in 41 games.

A native of Livonia, Mich., Conner has also skated in seven games with the Red Wings, recording one goal, two assists and a plus-two rating. In 146 career NHL games with Dallas, Pittsburgh and Detroit, he has tallied 43 points (17-26—43).

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TheRealYooper's avatar

Good on Conner. Will be glad to see him if, Burt can’t play.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 03/04/12 at 03:36 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

A few people asked whether the Wings would bring up Andersson because he’s a big boy…I think the Wings brought up Conner because while he may be all of 5’5” in his socks, he’s fearless and as gritty as the spaces between his teeth.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/04/12 at 03:42 AM ET

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I really liked what I saw from Conner the last time he was up and look forward to seeing him get some playing time again.

Also, I have no desire to Andersson in Detroit’s lineup. He’s another “big body” in Detroit’s system who plays like he’s 5’5.

Posted by godblender on 03/04/12 at 04:05 AM ET

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Good on Conner for getting the potential call up. He may not have Bert’s scoring prowess, but he should be able to bring the necessary physical game that Bert does. If he does dress, I wonder how the lines would shake up. I would think it might be:

Filppula-Zetterberg-Hudler
Miller-Helm-Franzen
Conner-Abdelkader-Cleary
Holmstrom-Emmerton-Mursak

I suppose you can call it a blessing in disguise that we’re getting to see what life without Datsyuk and (especially) Lidstrom will be like. I think this line up, with or without Bert should be able to take the Chickenhawks.

LGRW

Posted by Alzy from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on 03/04/12 at 06:16 AM ET

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