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by George Malik on 09/23/13 at 10:53 AM ET
Updated to the point that this is something of a mid-day report at 12:09 PM: Per the Red Wings' PR department:
RED WINGS SEND EIGHT PLAYERS TO GRAND RAPIDS
Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings today assigned eight players to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. With the moves, the Red Wings’ roster currently stands at 30 players. Detroit is currently 2-3-0 on the preseason and set to host the Pittsburgh Penguins this Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena (FOX Sports Detroit Plus).
Here's a screenshot of the cuts. The WIngs sent Riley Sheahan, Triston Grant, Landon Ferraro, Louis-Marc Aubry, Luke Glendening, Nathan Paetsch, Alexei Marchenko and Jared Coreau down as the Grand Rapids Griffins are opening camp today (and you can click on the below-posted images for higher-resolution versions):
And the present Wings' roster is down to 30 players:
Update: The Griffins are indeed skating in practice this morning...
Again, per the Griffins, each and every one of their training camp sessions will be open to the public:
The Detroit Red Wings on Sunday assigned 17 players to the Grand Rapids Griffins, their American Hockey League affiliate: forwards Mitch Callahan, Martin Frk, Jeff Hoggan, Calle Jarnkrok, Tomas Jurco, David McIntyre, Andrej Nestrasil, Trevor Parkes and Marek Tvrdon; defensemen Brennan Evans, Gleason Fournier, Richard Nedomlel, Max Nicastro, Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul; and goaltenders Cam Lanigan and Tom McCollum.
Callahan, Evans, Fournier, Hoggan, Jarnkrok, Jurco, McCollum, Nestrasil, Nicastro, Parkes and Sproul all saw playing time with the Griffins during their 2012-13 Calder Cup-winning season. Frk, Lanigan, Nedomlel, Ouellet and Tvrdon are all first-year pros who spent last season playing major junior hockey, while McIntyre joins the team after playing with the Houston Aeros last year.
This group will be joined by five others – forwards Alden Hirschfeld, Kevin Lynch, Travis Novak and Dane Walters, plus defenseman Joe Hartman – on the Griffins' roster when they open training camp tomorrow at Griff’s IceHouse in Grand Rapids. The schedule of practices is as follows (subject to change), with all sessions free and open to the public:
Monday, Sept. 23: 10:30 a.m.-Noon;
Tuesday, Sept 24: 10:30-11:20 a.m. and 11:35 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (Power play practice);
Wednesday, Sept. 25: 10:15-11:05 a.m. and 11:20 a.m.-Noon (Penalty kill practice);
Thursday, Sept: 26: 10:15-11:05 a.m. and 11:20 a.m.-Noon (Specialty teams practice);
Friday, Sept. 27: 10:15-11:05 a.m. and 11:20 a.m.-Noon (Scrimmage).
The Griffins will conclude camp with a pair of neutral-site preseason games against the Lake Erie Monsters next weekend. Grand Rapids will first battle the Monsters on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at Compuware Arena in Plymouth, Mich., before squaring off again on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 7:05 p.m. at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario.
The 2013 Calder Cup champions will commence the AHL’s regular season and begin defense of their title on Fri. Oct. 4 in Rochester, the first of three straight road games to start the season. The Griffins will then raise their championship banner prior to hosting the Milwaukee Admirals on Fri., Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at Van Andel Arena.
The Red Wings, 2-3 in the preseason, will host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net Detroit) before closing out the exhibition season with a home-and-home set against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Friday at the Joe and Saturday at the Air Canada Centre.
Three Griffins who remain on the NHL roster for now are defenseman Adam Almquist, forward Teemu Pulkkinen and goalie Petr Mrazek.
Almquist has had a strong training camp and likely will play in another preseason game or two. He might have positiioned himself as the first defenseman to be recalled in case of injury.
Pulkkinen has one more game to serve in his four-game (preseason) suspension for boarding Blackhawks defenseman Michael Kostka last Tuesday in Chicago.
Mrazek likely will start the season with the Red Wings as Jimmy Howard's backup because Jonas Gustavsson appears to be out at least a couple of weeks with a pulled groin.
We'll have to wait and see there...
Otherwise, no practice today = the Wings get the opportunity to "flush" this weekend's pair of crappy games, and Capgeek posted a little "fun" for Wings fans...
Michigan Hockey's excellent Jen Hefner posited a photo gallery from Sunday night's Wings-Hawks game...
Sportsnet's Chris Nichols penned profiles of ten players in "new places" that he believes will have strong fantasy hockey performances, including one Stephen Weiss...
8. Stephen Weiss, Detroit Red Wings (2012-13: 1-3-4 in 17 GP): Wrist surgery sidelined the veteran pivot for most of last season and he hadn’t played very well at all for the Florida Panthers prior to getting hurt either. He left for greener pastures during free agency, signing a five-year, $24.9 million contract to be the Red Wings’ second line centre.
The fact that he produced a mere four points and only played in 17 games last year means he’ll be slotted extremely low in most fantasy services’ pre-set rankings, which sets him up to be one of the better deals of the season. When everyone is healthy, Weiss will likely see Johan Franzen to his left and fellow newcomer Daniel Alfredsson to his right. The rest will take care of itself. The move to Motown should breathe new life into Weiss’s career and Mike Babcock will make sure Weiss stays accountable for and consistent with his performance.
Side note: Daniel Alfredsson patrolling the point of the first power play unit should only enhance the value of Niklas Kronwall. Just sayin’.
And I'm about to embark upon a 4-hour journey to get my windshield replaced as the crack from that rock that hit my windshield on the way to Traverse City keeps getting bigger...and bigger...and bigger.
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