The Malik Report
by George Malik on 09/01/11 at 04:45 AM ET
A little hard drive reformatting turned into, “Uh sir, your hard drive’s fried and I haven’t even begun to look at anything else,” which means that I’m writing this from my phone (T.M.I. at TMR is the unofficial slogan!), and might not be back up till the weekend.
But I’m puzzled nonetheless because an authorless report on USA Today claims that the Red Wings have signed forward Ryan Johnson to a try-out contract.
You may remember Ryan Johnson as the brother of two-time Wing Greg Johnson, as a pain-in-the-arse third line center as a Blackhawk, Canuck or Blue and you may remember him as the man whose concussion only resulted in a game misconduct for Todd Bertuzzi last spring.
But how does Johnson fit into the Wings’ plans given that Fabian Brunnstrom is already vying for a 14th forward’s spot on a team whose ranks already include a re-signed Drew Miller and Patrick Eaves, never mind an AHL graduate in Jan Mursak and a non-waiver-exempt player in Cory Emmerton? Johnson is a superb shot-blocking, faceoff-winning forward, however…He’s almost too good to be trying out for a team that has no room for him unless Johnson manages to un-seat Drew Miller.
Johnson, who is listed on Sarah Lindenau’s training camp roster on her Left Wing Lock blog, has long odds of cracking the Wings’ bottom six at simply because of a roster crunch, and as the USA Today report is the only one mentioning this move, it seems a little odd…Just like the Sovetsky Sport interview in which CSKA Moscow defenseman Evgeny Ryasensky’s agent swore up and down that the Wings signed his client…
Time and the Wings’ beat writers will tell whether this slightly odd try-out is in fact based in reality, strange as it may seem.
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