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by George Malik on 02/18/13 at 10:26 AM ET
Updated 2x at 11:23 AM: From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose, a not unexpected move:
Update: The Griffins are confirming...
RED WINGS AND GRIFFINS SWAP GOALIES
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Monday recalled goaltender Jonas Gustavsson from the Grand Rapids Griffins and assigned goaltender Petr Mrazek to the Griffins.
Gustavsson was successful in his one-game conditioning stint with the Griffins, winning his debut on Sunday with 26 saves in a 2-1 victory over the Charlotte Checkers. The win improved the 28-year-old’s career AHL record to 4-1-1, with a 1.11 goals against average and a 0.956 save percentage. The Danderyd, Sweden, native owns a 39-45-15 record, a 2.98 GAA and five shutouts in 108 career NHL games.
A native of Ostrava, Czech Republic, Mrazek made his first two NHL appearances while with the Red Wings, posting a 1-1 record, a 2.02 goals against average and a 0.922 save percentage. The 21-year-old netminder has appeared in 25 games with the Griffins, sporting a 16-7-1 record, a 2.26 GAA, a 0.916 save percentage and one shutout.
The Griffins will play three games in three nights this weekend, starting with a return to Rockford for the eighth and final game this season against the IceHogs on Friday at 8:05 p.m. EST. The team will welcome the San Antonio Rampage for back-to-back home games on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at http://griffinshockey.com.
The Detroit Red Wings today recalled goaltender Jonas Gustavsson from his conditioining stint with Grand Rapids and reassigned Petr Mrazek to the Griffins.
Gustavsson will dress as Jimmy Howard's backup Tuesday, when the Red Wings play the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena (8 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).
Gustavsson made 26 saves in a 2-1 victory Sunday over the Charlotte Checkers. He had been idled by a groin injury since Jan. 21.
In his lone appearance for the Red Wings, Gustavsson relieved Howard during the third period of the season-opening 6-0 loss at St. Louis on Jan. 19, stopping seven-of-eight shots.
Mrzaek posted a 1-1-0 record with a 2.02 goals-against average and .922 save percentage over his first two NHL starts.
Update #1.5: The Free Press's Helene St. James is also confirming:
The Detroit Red Wings have recalled backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson from Grand Rapids. Petr Mrazek was returned to the Griffins.
The Wings sent Gustavsson to Grand Rapids during the weekend so he could get into a game after being sidelined since the second game of the season because of a pulled groin. Gustavsson made 26 saves in a 2-1 victory over Charlotte on Sunday.
While Gustavsson was getting his feet wet in the minors, Mrazek made 21 saves in the Wings' 3-2 loss at Minnesota on Sunday. While with the Wings, Mrazek went 1-1 with a 2.02 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.
The Wings next play Tuesday, against the Nashville Predators, who have an afternoon game today at Colorado. The Wings play again Thursday, and back-to-back this coming weekend.
Update #2: The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan's confirming, too:
The Red Wings have recalled goalie Jonas Gustavsson and sent down goalie Petr Mrazek to minor league affiliate Grand Rapids.
Gustavsson, who has been troubled with a groin injury, stopped 26 of 27 shots Sunday for Grand Rapids in a 2-1 victory over Charlotte.
Mrazek lost a 3-2 decision to Minnesota Sunday, making his NHL record 1-1-0 with a 2.02 goals-against average and .922 save percentage while backing up Jimmy Howard.
Gustavsson, 28, has appeared in one period of one game thus far, replacing Howard on opening night during a 6-0 loss to St. Louis.
With the heavy schedule coming up, you’ll see Gustavsson soon. But at the same time, Mrazek will likely be heard from again.
In his short time with the Red Wings, Mrazek certainly stamped himself a legitimate NHL prospect.
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