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Red Wings recall a gaggle of Griffins to serve as Black Aces

After the Red Wings wrapped up their regular season with a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, the Wings headed home to Detroit and received a deserved day off before preparing to face the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday, when the Red Wings’ players will return to practice and gear up for Wednesday’s game.

There’s no doubt that the Red Wings’ management, coaches and pro scouts are spending today dissecting the Coyotes, however, and remarkable fifteen members of the Wings’ AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, are spending today packing for what they hope is an extended stay in Detroit, as the Griffins’ website reports:

With the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 15th season having come to a close yesterday, the Detroit Red Wings on Monday recalled 15 players to serve as “black aces” during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Joining the parent club are goaltenders Thomas McCollum and Jordan Pearce; defensemen Travis Ehrhardt, Doug Janik, Brian Lashoff, Derek Meech, Logan Pyett and Brendan Smith, and forwards Joakim Andersson, Cory Emmerton, Ilari Filppula, Jan Mursak, Francis Pare, Brent Raedeke and Tomas Tatar.

In addition, Griffins head coach Curt Fraser, assistant coach Jim Paek, equipment manager Brad Thompson and medical therapist Brad Shaw will assist Detroit’s hockey operations staff during the postseason.

Quickie update: The Hockey News’s Ken Campbell also spoke to Jimmy Howard recently about his playoff preparation.

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PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

to face the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday.

I think you mean Wednesday.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 04/11/11 at 04:25 PM ET

Neznarf's avatar


Posted by Neznarf on 04/11/11 at 04:35 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Nyquist might be headed back to school to finish his winter semester classes at the University of Maine.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/11/11 at 04:42 PM ET

Cliff's avatar

George - With so many call ups (I think there’s usually 5, not 15), does this mean the writing is on the wall for some prospects?  Are there any other prospects that might be called up who are not in Grand Rapids?

Posted by Cliff on 04/11/11 at 05:24 PM ET


Kolosov must be playing for Belarus.  He should get the call when done, although it’s possible the Wings are done first.

Posted by jkm2011 on 04/11/11 at 05:28 PM ET

Crater's avatar

Yay Meech. Hope we get to see something of him.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 04/11/11 at 06:08 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

The Wings have generally called up larger and larger numbers of Griffins players every season, but as jkm2011 suggests, if you don’t see some prospects (like Kolosov), it’s likely that they’re headed to the Worlds, or that they suffered lingering injuries. For players like Jamie Tardif, however, there is a sense that, “That’s the end of the line” for them as Griffins.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/11/11 at 06:12 PM ET

Cliff's avatar

Thanks George.

And Crater, with all due respect, I hope we don’t see Meech during a long playoff run.  I’m fine with having a healthy top six or seven.

Posted by Cliff on 04/11/11 at 07:04 PM ET


I do actually hope we see Meech, if the occasion for his arrival is Salei or Big E getting benched in his favor.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 04/11/11 at 09:15 PM ET

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