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by George Malik on 07/02/13 at 11:20 AM ET
Upated 2x at 1:40 PM: This was coming, but it's still something of a shock given that the Red Wings both drafted and signed Tom McCollum believing that he'd be backing up Jimmy Howard by now. MLive's Ansar Khan reports that the Wings will not tender a qualifying offer to the former first-round draft pick (the same is probably true for Jordan Pearce and Brent Raedeke) as McCollum's been crowded out of the Grand Rapids Griffins' crease by Petr Mrazek and college free agent signing Jared Coreau:
The Detroit Red Wings had high hopes for big goaltender Tom McCollum when they drafted him in the first round, with the 30th overall pick, in 2008.
McCollum didn't pan out, however, and now he will be moving on. The Red Wings will not tender the restricted free agent a qualifying offer, relinquishing his rights.
McCollum, 23, struggled his first three years with the Grand Rapids Griffins. He improved this season, going 18-11-2, with a 2.63 goals-against average and .904 save percentage, but couldn't beat out Petr Mrazek for the starting job.
Jared Coreau, the 6-foot-5 free agent from Northern Michigan the Red Wings signed in March, will be Mrazek's backup next season. The Red Wings wanted to keep McCollum in the organization but he wasn't interested in playing in the ECHL for the Toledo Walleye. Plus, they were concerned about exceeding their 50-man roster limit.
In the "good human being" department, there are few players more genuine than McCollum, but he was never able to put giving up a bad goal behind him, and as such, he's going to have to continue his professional career elsewhere.
Update: From the Windsor Star's Bob Duff, OUCH:
The Red Wings’ wait for goalie Thomas McCollum to develop into an NHL goaltender is over.
A first-round pick in 2008, the Red Wings officially cut ties Tuesday with McCollum when he was not rendered a qualifying offer. McCollum becomes an unrestricted free agent and he is free to find a deal somewhere else.
In 31 games with Grand Rapids this season, McCollum was 18-11-2 with a .904 save percentage and 2.63 goals-against average. It was the first time in three seasons McCollum had finished with a save percentage over 90 percent. But Petr Mrazek passed McCollum as the Griffins' starting goalie, taking Grand Rapds to a Calder Cup championship.
Mrazek, Jake Paterson and college free agent Jared Coreau (Northern Michigan) all passed McCollum on the depth chart.
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