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by George Malik on 02/20/14 at 01:23 PM ET
Updated 3x at 4:34 PM: I'd usually stick this in today's practice post, but this is significant news in itself:
Here's Pleiness's article about Weiss--who will be accompanied to Grand Rapids by Teemu Pulkkinen, Riley Sheahan, Adam Almquist and Cory Emmerton, who the Red Wings' beat writers reported were simply brought up for practice purposes (the Wings take tomorrow off and Bill Roose reports they'll skate at the University of Ligett School in Grosse Pointe Woods on Saturday and Sunday):
Weiss is still recovering from sport hernia surgery on Dec. 23. He expects to be cleared prior to Wednesday’s game in Montreal.
“I don’t know about specific games, I just know that we were shooting for after the break to be ready to be available to play,” Weiss said. “So that’s obviously going to be up to the coaches whether or not they put me in the lineup but that’s still the plan: to be ready and available for those first couple of games back.”
Weiss will play Sunday in Grand Rapids when the Griffins host the Milwaukee Admirals.
The Grand Rapids Griffins host the Oklahoma City Barons on Friday and Saturday and will host Milwaukee on Sunday, so the warm body will be appreciated.
Update: THIS IS GOOD NEWS:
Update #3: Here's the Wings sending the players down officially:
DETROIT RETURNS FOUR TO GRAND RAPIDS
… Emmerton, Sheahan, Pulkkinen and Almquist Prepare for Three Games in Three Days with Grand Rapids …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings on Thursday assigned forwards Cory Emmerton, Riley Sheahan and Teemu Pulkkinen and defenseman Adam Almquist to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Emmerton, 25, has appeared in 11 games with the Red Wings, notching two points (0-2-2) and four penalty minutes. The St. Thomas, Ontario, native has also skated in 36 games with Grand Rapids this season, ranking fourth on the team with 31 points (11-20-31) along with a plus-11 rating and 12 penalty minutes. In 132 career NHL games, Emmerton has tallied 21 points (12-9-21) and 22 penalty minutes. He has spent parts of five seasons with the Griffins, totaling 142 points (45-97-142) and 78 penalty minutes in 253 career AHL games.
Sheahan, 22, has split his second professional season between Detroit and Grand Rapids, registering 11 points (3-8-11) in 18 NHL games and 18 points (8-10-18) in 30 AHL contests. The St. Catharines, Ontario, native helped the Griffins win their first-ever Calder Cup championship in 2012-13, notching 36 points (16-20-36) in 72 regular-season games and 16 points (3-13-16) in 24 playoff games. Prior to turning pro, Sheahan recorded 64 points (20-44-64) in 114 collegiate contests with the University of Notre Dame from 2009-11.
Pulkkinen, 22, leads the Griffins and is tied for 15th in the AHL with 42 points (19-23-42) in 51 games this season. The Vantaa, Finland, native is in his first full season in North America but appeared briefly with the Griffins last year after his season in Finland concluded, recording one assist in two regular-season games and five points (3-2-5) in 14 postseason contests. A third-year pro, Pulkkinen has also skated in 185 career games with Jokerit of Finland’s SM-Liiga, totaling 128 points (49-79-128). He was named the league’s rookie of the year in 2010-11.
Almquist, 22, ranks second on Grand Rapids and sixth among AHL defensemen with 33 points (2-31-33) in 48 games. A native of Huskvarna, Sweden, Almquist made his NHL debut with Detroit on Nov. 4 at Winnipeg and scored his first NHL goal the following game on Nov. 7 versus Dallas. The 5-foot-11, 174-lb., blueliner has surpassed his offensive totals as an AHL rookie in 2012-13, when he recorded 31 points (10-21-31) in 68 games with the Griffins. He also picked up 10 points (3-7-10) in 21 games during the team’s Calder Cup run.
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