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Red Wings’ call-up of Callahan yields Griffins moves…on defense?

File this under, "A little intriguing": the Red Wings may have swapped Landon Ferraro for Mitchell Callahan, but the Griffins' defense must have taken a hit this past weekend, because the Griffins both recalled Max Nicastro from the Toledo Walleye and they signed fellow defenseman Marc McNulty to an amateur try-out (McNulty's Prince George Cougars didn't make the WHL playoffs):


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Monday recalled left wing Mitch Callahan from the Grand Rapids Griffins and reassigned defenseman Max Nicastro from the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye to their AHL affiliate. In addition, the Griffins signed defenseman Marc McNulty to an amateur tryout.

Callahan, 22, ranks third on the Griffins in scoring with 40 points (25-15—40) and 51 penalty minutes in 66 games this season. Detroit’s sixth choice (180th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Callahan has spent the last three seasons with Grand Rapids, netting 69 points (42-27—69) and 196 PIM in 185 career AHL games. In his current campaign, the Whittier, Calif., native has shattered his combined point total from his previous two seasons (17-12—29) and leads the team in shots (185) and plus/minus (21) while ranking second in goals (25).

The Wings will visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., when Callahan could make his NHL debut and become the 144th Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL.

Nicastro, 24, has skated in 58 games with the Walleye this season, garnering 16 points (0-16—16) and 28 PIM. A native of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Nicastro appeared in 25 games with Grand Rapids last season, posting three points (1-2—3) and 10 PIM. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound defenseman was Detroit’s third choice (91st overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

McNulty, 18, recently wrapped up his third season with the WHL’s Prince George Cougars, notching 42 points (17-25—42) and 115 PIM in 67 games. From 2011-14, the 6-foot-6, 193-pound defenseman earned 57 points (25-32—57) in 140 career games with the Cougars. McNulty was Detroit’s sixth choice (169th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

The Griffins will hit the road to face the Rockford IceHogs at BMO Harris Bank Center on Friday at 8 p.m. EDT, before returning home to Van Andel Arena for a rematch against the IceHogs on Saturday at 7 p.m. Grand Rapids’ three-in-three will conclude with a road game against the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday at 6 p.m. EDT.

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Great news!  Here’s hoping he impresses more than Ferraro did

Posted by bababooey on 03/24/14 at 01:33 PM ET

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May as well call up more Walleye.  Their season is basically already over, and it’s not a good climate around that team.

Posted by Primis on 03/24/14 at 03:23 PM ET

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BTW, Walleye fans deserve a medal.

They’re still averaging over 6,000/game at the Huntington Center to watch the worst Walleye team by far in their 5-year history of this incarnation, and maybe the worst team of the Toledo ECHL era dating back to 1991-92 when the Storm joined.


Even yesterday against Gwinnett, this late in a completely lost season where their popular coach resigned mid-season, they drew 4400-some for a Sunday night game (which is generally amongst the worst draws).

Posted by Primis on 03/24/14 at 05:30 PM ET


Is Ferraro going to play or just an emergency call up in case Bert still has a flu?

Posted by VPalmer on 03/24/14 at 05:47 PM ET

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Ferraro has been sent back down to Grand Rapids.

I don’t think he impressed the way he needed to.

Posted by Primis on 03/24/14 at 06:57 PM ET

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yeah Ferraro looked a little lost and out of his element.  Lets face it , he was probably scared $hitless so just the fact he survived without any major screwups should be a victory in his mind anyways.  He’ll have to work hard in the off-season and have one hell of a training camp to stick & stay.

Excited to see what Callahan can bring to the team.  Lets hope he’s not timid and brings some grit with him.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 03/24/14 at 07:57 PM ET

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