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Red Wings make a roster swap, recall Callahan from Grand Rapids

The Red Wings sent Landon Ferraro back to Grand Rapids after a 4-game audition for next year's roster, and now they've called up another player who's not waiver-exempt next season:

As the Red Wings don't practice today, I have no idea whether this involves a "roster emergency" (Todd Bertuzzi may still be ill with "the flu") or whether it's one of the Wings' 4 discretionary post-trade deadline call-ups.

Update: Here are a Tweet and the Wings' press release:

Here's the press release:

The Detroit Red Wings today recalled left wing Mitch Callahan from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and assigned center Landon Ferraro to the Griffins.

Callahan, 22, ranks among the Griffins’ leaders with 25 goals (2nd), 40 points (3rd), a plus-21 rating (1st) 51 penalty minutes (5th), six power-play goals (T2nd), two shorthanded goals (1st) and 185 shots on goal (1st). The Whittier, Calif., native has skated in 185 games with Grand Rapids since 2011-12, recording 69 points (42-27-69) and 247 penalty minutes. Originally drafted in the sixth round (180th overall) by Detroit in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Callahan helped the Griffins to a Calder Cup championship in 2012-13, notching 20 points (11-9-20) in 71 regular-season games and 11 points (6-5-11) in 24 postseason contests. Prior to turning professional, the 6-foot, 195-lb., forward appeared in 204 WHL games with the Kelowna Rockets from 2008-11, tallying 128 points (57-71-128) and 440 penalty minutes. He was also a member of the 2009 Kelowna squad that captured the WHL’s Ed Chynoweth Cup.

Ferraro, 22, made his NHL debut with Detroit on March 18 versus Toronto and has appeared in four games with the club this season, registering two penalty minutes and two shots on goal while averaging 8:58 of ice time. A native of Trail, B.C., Ferraro has also appeared in 60 games with the Griffins, registering 28 points (13-15-28). The third-year pro led Grand Rapids in goals last season, finishing third on the team with 47 points (24-23-47). In 190 career AHL games, he has notched 95 points (46-49-95) and 135 penalty minutes. Originally drafted by Detroit in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-foot, 179-lb., center recorded 152 points (76-76-152) and 270 penalty minutes in 220 WHL games with the Red Deer Rebels and Everett Silvertips prior to turning professional in 2011-12.

After recording points in four straight games (3-0-1) last week to move back into a playoff position, the Red Wings (33-24-14) will play four games in six days against Eastern Conference rivals this week. Detroit will visit Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN/FOX Sports Detroit/97.1 The Ticket) before welcoming the Montreal Canadiens to Joe Louis Arena on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit/97.1 The Ticket).

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perfection's avatar

Awesome! Im excited to see how he looks in NHL.  I was hoping we’d at least get a peek

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 03/24/14 at 01:16 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Callahan has really stepped up his offensive game this year. His 25 goals is second only to Pulkkinin’s 27.

Here’s what Blashill had to say about Callahan last February: “Mitch is the type of player you win with. He’s very, very strong on the puck, he wins puck battles, he goes to the net hard, he’s got good hands, he’s physical, he’s an agitator and he’ll fight when needed. Those are all assets, that, when you put them all together, that makes you a real good hockey player.”

Like perfection, I’m excited to see what he can do.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/24/14 at 01:46 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

So he will play with Helm and Emmerton?  Jurco due back by or before the weekend, too.  A Helm, Jurco, Callahan line could be very interesting.

Posted by duhduhduh on 03/24/14 at 02:07 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Bertuzzi may still have the flu. No practice today means who knows what the hell’s going on.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/24/14 at 02:11 PM ET


Couldn’t you see Callahan being a poor man’s Pat Verbeek? I just mean like a rough-nosed, hard-edged player who can score and check. Not to say Callahan would ever be as effective as Verbeek, just that they play a similar game.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 03/24/14 at 02:22 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Ferraro looked decent, not out of place, but he did make a few significant rookie mistakes while he was up here, let’s see what Callahan brings.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 03/24/14 at 02:38 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

let’s see what Callahan brings.

I assume he knows how to take a number, as well.

Posted by duhduhduh on 03/24/14 at 02:58 PM ET

Tracy from T-Town Hockey 's avatar

It’s been fun getting to watch the large number of call ups this year.  Adds a little more flavor to the game.  I’m excited to see Callahan play.

Posted by Tracy from T-Town Hockey on 03/24/14 at 03:07 PM ET


  let’s see what Callahan brings.

I assume he knows how to take a number, as well.

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/24/14 at 02:58 PM ET

Blake Comeau wears #14. That’s be a good place to start.

Posted by godblender on 03/24/14 at 03:07 PM ET

bigdee89's avatar

Blake Comeau wears #14. That’s be a good place to start.

Lmao.  As long as we get the 2 points.  Revenge would be sending the BJs golfing.

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 03/24/14 at 05:04 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

Blake Comeau wears #14. That’s be a good place to start.

I meant it in a different way (as in, “I don’t like the way you’re treating my friend Gus”)


Posted by duhduhduh on 03/24/14 at 06:07 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Haha. Right on. Mitch wouldn’t let someone steamroll a star.

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 03/24/14 at 07:58 PM ET

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