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Khan: Red Wings assign DeKeyser to Grand Rapids

The Red Wings sent Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist to Oklahoma City, OK in an attempt to bolster the Grand Rapids Griffins' roster as they face a 2 games-to-1 deficit in their AHL Western Conference Final series against the Oklahoma City Barons (the teams play games and 5 tonight and tomorrow in OKC), and MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Danny DeKeyser will be joining them:

Update: MLive's Brendan Savage reports that DeKeyser is heading to OKC in less than top form...

"My thumb isn't completely healed yet," DeKeyser said Friday at Joe Louis Arena, where the Red Wings cleaned out their lockers.  I'll probably do a little bit more rehab on it and get some of the muscles and joints going."

DeKeyser, who broke his thumb in Game 2 vs. Anaheim and missed Detroit's final 12 playoff games, was hoping to return in the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Kings if the Red Wings would have beaten the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday in Game 7 of that series.

"I would have been ready to go this round, maybe not right away but maybe game 3 or 4 I was thinking," DeKeyser said. "It's a bummer knowing I was that close to making a comeback but that's just how it goes sometimes."

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Hope that the Griffins make it another week so Dekeyser can get into some more games. It would also be great for the Griffins.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 05/31/13 at 02:22 PM ET

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