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by George Malik on 06/07/13 at 09:42 PM ET
Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill told the Syracuse Post-Standard's Lindsay Kramer that his team appeared to have a case of heavy legs one day after a 10-hour bus ride to Syracuse, NY and two days removed from their Game 7 win over Oklahoma City in the AHL's Western Conference Final...
Blashill was not pleased with his team's first practice in the War Memorial on Friday, but wrote it off to a long bus ride from Grand Rapids the day before.
"I didn't think the practice was very good,'' he said. "We had a long, long travel day yesterday. The energy level today was the guys want to play tomorrow.''
But the Griffins recieved good news in the personnel department. Danny DeKeyser has proclaimed himself ready to play after his first full practice with the team (he practiced with the Wings during their series against Chicago):
“It’s been getting better and better since the surgery and it feels right about 100 percent now,” DeKeyser said after the Griffins’ practice at War Memorial Arena.
He said there are no limitations.
“I was shooting fine, taking slappers, making hard passes, taking hits – everything,” he said. “It feels really good.”
Coach Jeff Blashill said DeKeyser will be paired with Brian Lashoff, who also saw playoff action with the Red Wings this postseason.
“Danny is such a good skater that when he steps on the ice, he looks very good right away,” he said of the former Western Michigan star, who was activated Monday and skated informally with the team during practices Tuesday and Wednesday. “The two things that Danny does are skate great, and he’s really smart,” Blashill said. “Those types of people usually adapt very well to different situations. I expect him to adapt very well coming in to play for us.”
Blashill was also not concerned that DeKeyser’s first game will come in the opener of the championship series.
“It won’t be too different because we play very similar to Detroit,” he said. “So he’s already spent a lot of time with the same systems and same philosophy.”
Continued with some video, and no, there's no news as to who DeKeyser will replace in the Griffins' lineup.
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