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by George Malik on 02/23/11 at 06:52 PM ET
Updated 3x at 5:03 PM: Continuing a string of Red Wings updates: the Free Press’s George Sipple provides the results of Patrick Eaves’ MRI while reporting that the Wings have recalled Jan Mursak from the Griffins to take Eaves’ place in the Wings’ lineup:
[T]he Wings are waiting for results from MRI exam on forward Patrick Eaves. General manager Ken Holland said today that Eaves could be out for a week.
Eaves is “sore” from lower-body injury, Holland said. He won’t travel to Buffalo on Saturday and might not travel to California for the start of the Wings’ western trip next week.
MLive’s Ansar Khan confirms:
Detroit Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves will miss at least a week with a lower-body injury. The club has recalled Jan Mursak from the Grand Rapids Griffins for Thursday’s game against Dallas at Joe Louis Arena.
General manager Ken Holland said the team hasn’t received results from the MRI Eaves had today.
“He’s so stiff he can’t move,’’ Holland said. “He’s out a minimum of a week.’‘
Holland said they won’t be sure what the injury is until they get the MRI results but that Eaves is sore through the groin and lower body.
Update #3 5:03 PM: Per the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan:
General manager Ken Holland said the team is still waiting for results of MRI tests on Eaves, who suffered a lower-body injury in Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to San Jose.
“He’s still pretty sore,” Holland said. “We’re not going to take him to Buffalo (for Saturday’s game) and I wouldn’t expect him to be ready for the (West Coast) trip.”
This is the second time this season Mursak has been called up. He played 16 games earlier this season when the Wings had a rash of injuries up front; he scored one goal.
The Wings expect Valtteri Filppula (sprained left knee) and Mike Modano (lacerated right wrist) to return for Saturday’s game in Buffalo.
Also of Wings-related note:
• Phil Zaroo posted some of the highlights of Ken Daniels’ interview on WBBL;
• In the “no-brainer” category, the Hockey News’s Adam Proteau suggests that former Wing Dominik Hasek was the best player to ever lace up the skates for the Buffalo Sabres;
• And in the developmental hockey vein, per the Grand Rapids Press’s Michael Zuidema:
The American Hockey League’s Clear Day has been set for 3 p.m. March 7. Clear Day is when all 30 teams must submit their 22-man rosters to the league. Only those players listed then are eligible to compete in the remainder of the regular season and the Calder Cup playoffs, unless emergency conditions arise as the result of recall, injury or suspension. Teams also may added signed junior players or players on amateur tryout contracts, but only when their respective junior or college seasons are finished.
It will be interesting to see who the Grand Rapids Griffins include on their Cleary Day roster, especially in goal. Jordan Pearce recently has emerged as the Griffins’ No. 1 goaltender, but if Chris Osgood returns to the parent club Detroit Red Wings, that would send Joey MacDonald back to Grand Rapids. Does that leave Thomas McCollum out of the mix?
Forward Willie Coetzee also has played well with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL with six goals and five assists in 15 games, but the Griffins may prefer the physical presence that Adam Keefe provides.
Update 4:18 PM: No, Mike Brophy, the Wings aren’t interested in Tomas Vokoun...
Update 4:26 PM: SI’s Brian Cazenueve also posted a slate of power rankings in which the Wings earned third-place status on his list…
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