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Red Wings officially recall Petr Mrazek

As noted in the game-day update thread, the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reported that Red Wings back-up goaltender Jonas Gustavsson may be nursing some sort of shoulder injury.

So, as reported in the game-day update post (which is still being updated--so prepare for more Wings news in that post), the Red Wings chose to bring up Jared Coreau to take part in today's morning skate, and as Petr Mrazek played for the Grand Rapids Griffins as they dropped a 3-0 road decision to the Charlotte Checkers, the team chose to allow Mrazek to get some sleep before Mrazek was recalled to back up Howard today--and probably Sunday:

The Detroit Red Wings today recalled goaltender Petr Mrazek from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and assigned goaltender Jared Coreau to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye.

Named to the AHL Second All-Star Team on Thursday, Mrazek leads AHL netminders in goals against average (2.07) and ranks second in save percentage (0.926). In 31 appearances with the Griffins, he is 22-8-1 with three shutouts. The 22-year-old goaltender has also seen action in eight games with Detroit, going 4-1-0 with a 2.01 goals against average and a 0.916 save percentage. A native of Ostrava, Czech Republic, Mrazek helped the Griffins to a Calder Cup championship in 2013, sporting a 15-9 record, a 2.31 goals against average, a 0.916 save percentage and four shutouts.

Coreau, 22, signed with the Red Wings last summer after a three-year career with Northern Michigan University of the CCHA. In 76 games with the Wildcats from 2010-13, he compiled a 32-31-8 record, a 2.74 goals against average, a 0.919 save percentage and two shutouts. A native of Perth, Ontario, Coreau has appeared in 19 games with Toledo as a first-year pro, posting a 1-12-5 record, a 4.10 goals against average and a 0.873 save percentage. The 6-foot-5, 235-lb., netminder has also made five appearances for the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins with an 0-4-0 record, a 4.39 goals-against average and a 0.873 save percentage.

After clinching their 23rd consecutive playoff berth on Wednesday, the Red Wings (38-27-15) will wrap up the regular season this week by hosting the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit Plus/AM1270) and visiting the St. Louis Blues on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. EDT (NBC/AM1270).

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perfection's avatar

poor Monster. if he wasn’t so damn brittle, I think his play this year would have earned him a nice contract somewhere, maybe even a shot at a starting role.

I thought his play had potentially priced him out for the Wings next season and opened the door for Mrazek to step in, but now maybe the Wings will bring him back after all? Mrazek still has one more year where he can be sent down right? Definitely would rather see him play most nights than sit on the bench in Detroit and having a backup as brittle as Monster means the 3rd goalie gets a fair amount of call-ups. Seems like a good fit… as long as he keeps winning.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 04/11/14 at 12:17 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I have no problem with Gus as the back up next year.  Then Mrazek can come up for 2015-2016.  Despite 50’s bipolar groin, he was solid when Howard was out this season and plays good enough to give the team a chance.  I’d hate to see Mrazek sitting idly on the bench in Detroit. 

Posted by TreKronor on 04/11/14 at 01:12 PM ET


Mrazek has proven all he can prove at the AHL level. Two seasons as a starter, very good the first year, a championship, excellent the second year.

Gustavsson’s numbers in Toronto were horrible (.900 in 107 games) and in Detroit he’s barely been better (.903 in 34 games). That little hot streak he had at the beginning of the year definitely saved Detroit’s bacon, but over the long term he’s had 5 years and 141 games to show what he can do as an NHLer and the truth is he is just not very good, even for a No. 2.

Unless a clear upgrade falls into their laps (not likely), I think Mrazek has earned his shot at being the backup in Detroit and playing 20-30 games, and based on his track record so far I expect him to do well in that role. If he struggles, well, cheap goalies of Gustavsson’s quality or better are pretty much available on demand, at a bargain, year round.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 04/11/14 at 01:47 PM ET


I am skeptical that a goalie of Mrazek’s talent, experience, and track record really would benefit more from playing 60 AHL games vs. 25 NHL games. If he’s the second-best goalie in Detroit’s system even considering who we might sign, I think player and team are best served by Mrazek being in Detroit, getting NHL experience and possible pushing Jimmy for starts already this year.

I mean, it’s one thing if the Red Wings can pick up a solid pro with actually good NHL numbers, but if it comes down to Mrazek or Gustavsson I think Mrazek deserves the job. And again, if Mrazek fails and the team is worried about security in net, Gustavsson-level backups are not hard to come by even after the season starts.

Othe UFA goalies that might be available, the only one who really strikes me as someone who would both 1) be interested in a dedicated backup gig and 2) possibly worth pursuing as an alternative to Mrazek for a year is Thomas Greiss. Pretty much everyone else I see as either out of the price range, too old, or not good enough.

Yes Jimmy Howard did spend 4 years in the AHL and was 25 by the time he finally got a full time NHL gig, but Jimmy Howard was never an especially good AHL goalie. Mrazek is. He really looks ready.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 04/11/14 at 02:35 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Conveniently timed, Gustav. 

Mrazek’s a monster of his own.  He’ll be fine.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 04/12/14 at 01:37 AM ET

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