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Red Wings recall Jurco, Sheahan, Fournier for this weekend’s practices

This set of players recalled by the Red Wings will take part in today and tomorrow's Wings practices, which DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose confirms will take place at Grosse Pointe Woods' University of Ligett School. We'll have to wait to find out whether Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco remain with the Wings post-Olympic break, but I think it's pretty safe to assume that Gleason Fournier will head back to Grand Rapids on Sunday evening:

… Red Wings Set to Resume Schedule Next Week with Visits to Montreal and Ottawa …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled forwards Tomas Jurco and Riley Sheahan and defenseman Gleason Fournier from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Jurco, 21, returns to Detroit after representing Slovakia in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Kosice, Slovakia, native logged one goal and two penalty minutes in four Olympic contests. Jurco has split his second professional season between Detroit and Grand Rapids, recording seven points (3-4-7) in 19 games with the Red Wings and 32 points (13-19-32) in 33 games with the Griffins. In his rookie season with the team, Jurco recorded 28 points (14-14-28) in 74 regular-season games and 14 points (8-6-14) during the team’s Calder Cup championship run.

Sheahan, 22, has tallied 11 points (3-8-11) in 18 games with the Red Wings this season, including his first NHL goal on Jan. 11 at Los Angeles. The second-year pro has also picked up 18 points (8-10-18) in 31 games with Grand Rapids. A native of St. Catharines, Ontario, Sheahan has recorded 56 points (25-31-56) in 109 career games with the Griffins. Prior to turning pro, he registered 64 points (20-44-64) in 114 games with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish over three seasons (2009-12).

Fournier, 22, has appeared in 11 games with the Griffins, recording no points and a plus-three rating. The native of Rimouski, Quebec, has played 54 games with Grand Rapids since 2011-12, notching 10 points (2-8-10) and 37 penalty minutes. He has also skated in 71 games with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, posting 19 points (3-16-19) and 44 penalty minutes. Originally drafted by Detroit in the third round (90th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the defenseman recorded 133 points (31-102-133) in 237 games with the QMJHL’s Rimouski Oceanic from 2007-11.

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alwaysaurie's avatar

I guess Fournier was chosen because we have two in Sochi and the better defensemen are wanted for GR’s sake… GR has been tumbling down the standings since we stole Sheahan/Glendening/Jurco.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 02/22/14 at 04:00 PM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Jurco and Sheahan won’t be traded surely so expect them playing for the Red Wings post trade deadline. I think both are badly needed if Holland wants his team to remain in the playoff race now that Z is out.
Chance of seeing Ouellet soon in Winged Wheel, hmmmmmm. He be needed too if Kenny stands pat on trade day.


Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 02/22/14 at 05:10 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Fournier hasn’t caught on so he’s expendable. As for Jurco and Sheahan, it does appear that between Zetterberg’s absence and the questionable statuses of Franzen and Weiss, they will start the post-Olympic break with the Wings.

Why would the Wings trade them? These guys have proven that they’re ready for NHL action, and even if the Wings have to send them down, they and Luke Glendening will be up on a full-time basis next season.

Nobody seems to know whether the Wings will react to Zetterberg’s absence with a trade for a forward or for a defenseman, or both, or neither. Ryan Martin stated that the Wings would likely make that decision early this upcoming week, depending on how ready Franzen and Weiss are in terms of being ready to go.

Remember that the Wings’ 1st round draft pick would be subject to the draft lottery if they don’t make the playoffs, so they’re not moving that pick, and players like Jurco, Sheahan, Ouellet, Mantha, etc. are off-limits, so I think it’s not going to be easy for the Wings to make a move, even with Zetterberg’s $6.08 million off the Wings’ cap books, unless they move some salary in return (and no, no one wants Cleary or Bertuzzi).

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/22/14 at 05:16 PM ET

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