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Come Back Thomas McCollum

from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,

Detroit changed its mind at seemingly the last minute and made a qualifying offer to soon-to-be restricted free agent goalie Tom McCollum.

“We think he can play in the minor leagues,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said.

The team instead released Jordan Pearce.

On Tuesday the team appeared to be heading to cutting ties with their former first round pick.

“(McCollum) was the backup in Grand Rapids,” Holland said. “He’s a first round pick. We won the Calder Cup championship down there and he helped that team get in the playoffs. You need five goalies in the system, everybody has five. We have five.”

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WingedRider's avatar

I thought there wsa no nroom next year for him with the Griffins and he balked at playing in Toledo?? As the stomach turns.  Maybe he changed his mind and realized he is still young and might work his way back to the AHL and BEYOND, LOL

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 07/03/13 at 04:26 PM ET

IMOrthodox13's avatar

Either the Wings have a trade in the works that includes one of their goaltending prospects or more likely Thomas decided to play for Toledo when no other NHL team came knocking.

Posted by IMOrthodox13 on 07/03/13 at 04:34 PM ET

DrewBehr's avatar

He’s a first round pick. We won the Calder Cup championship down there and he helped that team get in the playoffs.

Two out of those three are accurate statements, Kenny. However, if it wasn’t for Mrazek, there is no way the Griffins win the Calder. Pearce has talked about going to law school once his playing days are done anyway, so maybe he’s just going to get a head start on that.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 07/03/13 at 04:35 PM ET

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I really don’t see him getting the back-up position over Coreau, but I guess we’ll see.

Posted by Jesusberg on 07/03/13 at 04:47 PM ET

Crater's avatar

Pearce has talked about going to law school once his playing days are done anyway, so maybe he’s just going to get a head start on that.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 07/03/13 at 05:35 PM ET

I thought he was gonna be a Doctor?  Either way, lots of school and lots of money. Good for him for having a backup plan.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 07/03/13 at 04:51 PM ET

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I thought he was gonna be a Doctor?  Either way, lots of school and lots of money. Good for him for having a backup plan.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 07/03/13 at 05:51 PM ET

This.  He was a pre-med before he was signed by the Wings.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 07/03/13 at 05:15 PM ET

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Oh, I thought it was McCollum who was going on to school.

In that case…well, I guess we still needed another goalie. Didn’t McCollum recently have a stretch where he played pretty well?

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 07/03/13 at 05:23 PM ET

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Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 07/03/13 at 06:23 PM ET

He was a 1st round pick. He always has had good stretches, but when he is bad he is BAAAD. As George has said he can’t shrug off a goal, they eat away at him and he can’t take the pressure, leading to more bad goals.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 07/03/13 at 05:31 PM ET

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Now that I mention it, similar to our other 1st rounder, Kindl. Maybe Tommy will really develop to be solid once he gets some more confidence and feed off that. He will never be a starting nhl goaltender from what I’ve seen, but he could be a very good backup once if he could just settle down.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 07/03/13 at 05:33 PM ET

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He’s career minor leaguer…and his not wanting to play in the ECHL..not going to go over well in Toledo. Pearce drew the ire of a lot of fans with his comments about being disappointed about having to play in Toledo also…Must be the new modern prima donna attitude that’s really trickling into hockey now.

Posted by hitsomebody on 07/03/13 at 06:10 PM ET

Bugsy's avatar

Pearce and being a surgeon by some guy named Malik:

http://blog.mlive.com/snapshots/2009/07/red_wings_prospects_jordan_pea.html

Posted by Bugsy on 07/03/13 at 06:51 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Welcome, Mr. Mrazek, to the 2014 top floor.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 07/04/13 at 12:44 AM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Trade him to Philly, they are always interested in adding to their goalies carousel.

 

 

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 07/04/13 at 05:52 AM ET

Primis's avatar

He’s career minor leaguer…and his not wanting to play in the ECHL..not going to go over well in Toledo. Pearce drew the ire of a lot of fans with his comments about being disappointed about having to play in Toledo also…Must be the new modern prima donna attitude that’s really trickling into hockey now.

Posted by hitsomebody on 07/03/13 at 07:10 PM ET

Well, there’s also the fact that Toledo people are always constantly butthurt that they are not a destination city for hockey players.  Go figure, guys who feel they are AHL-caliber don’t want to be in the ECHL!

Goalies don’t like Toledo historically (paging Brian Finley, paging Brian Finley).  The team never is competitive, that’s probably a lot of it.

Posted by Primis on 07/04/13 at 05:31 PM ET

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