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by George Malik on 03/06/14 at 02:58 PM ET
Updated repeatedly at 4:05 PM: Given the furor regarding the Red Wings' trading of Calle Jarnkrok to Nashville for David Legwand, managerial explanations included, and the Wings' status as an undermanned team heading into tonight's Nicklas Lidstrom retirement ceremony game against the Avs...This move, one of the Red Wings' 4 post-trade-deadline recalls sans a roster emergency--seems...strangely-timed:
Somebody must be hurt?
Per the Wings in text form:
The Detroit Red Wings today recalled right wing Teemu Pulkkinen from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Pulkkinen, 22, leads the Griffins and is tied for 13th in the AHL with 49 points (24-25-49) in 58 games this season. The winger paces all AHL rookies in goals and is currently second in the league in scoring among first-year players. The Vantaa, Finland, native 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. Pulkkinen skated in 185 career games with Jokerit of Finland’s SM-Liiga from 2008-13, totaling 128 points (49-79-128). He was named the league’s rookie of the year in 2010-11.
And now the Griffins:
PULKKINEN RECALLED BY DETROIT, HIRSCHFELD SIGNED TO PTO
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Thursday recalled right wing Teemu Pulkkinen from the Grand Rapids Griffins. In addition, the Griffins signed forward Alden Hirschfeld to a professional tryout.
Pulkkinen, 22, leads Grand Rapids in scoring and ties for second among AHL rookies with 49 points (24-25—49) in 58 games. A native of Vantaa, Finland, Pulkkinen also leads the Griffins and league rookies in goals and plus/minus (plus-19). The 5-foot-10, 185-pound right wing joined the Griffins late in the 2012-13 campaign after spending four seasons with Jokerit of Finland’s SM-Liiga, where he earned 128 points (49-79—128) in 185 career games. Pulkkinen tallied one point (0-1—1) in two regular season appearances and five points (3-2—5) in 14 playoff games en route to capturing the Calder Cup.
Hirschfeld, 25, has skated in three games with the Griffins this season, tallying one assist and a plus-four rating. In 49 games with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, Hirschfeld has captured 29 points (9-20—29) and 14 penalty minutes. Last season, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound forward played in 37 games with the AHL’s Providence Bruins and 18 games with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays, where he tallied eight points (4-4—8) for each team through 55 appearances.
The Wings will host the Colorado Avalanche tonight at 8 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena, when Pulkkinen could make his NHL debut and become the 141st Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL.
Finishing out a brief three-game home stand before a season-high seven-game road trip, the Griffins will host the Iowa Wild on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.
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