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by George Malik on 04/15/13 at 03:33 PM ET
Via RedWingsFeed, the Free Press's Helene St. James reports that the Red Wings have in fact decided to keep Brian Lashoff on the team's roster as they know their four on-paper demotions to Grand Rapids (of Lashoff, Danny DeKeyser, Brendan Smith and Gustav Nyquist) mean that the team cannot recall any demoted players unless there is a "roster emergency" (i..e. the team believes that it cannot dress 12 forwards, 6 defensemen or 2 goalies) from the trade deadline until the Grand Rapids Griffins' playoff run ends.
As such, Wings GM Ken Holland told St. James that the Wings simply can't afford to essentially lose Lashoff for the remainder of the regular season and any potential playoff run:
“It was just a misunderstanding with Mike Babcock,” general manager Ken Holland said Monday. “I agree with him that we’d rather have Lashoff playing in the minors than not playing in Detroit, but the rules don’t allow it. We don’t want to not be able to recall him unless we have three injuries.”
The 23-man roster limit for NHL clubs was lifted at the trade deadline, so it’s no problem for the Wings to carry nine healthy defensemen. If nothing else, it makes for intense competition.
Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson and Jakub Kindl are regulars, and DeKeyser has built a case for himself in just a handful of games. That leaves five guys to contend for the last two spots in Brendan Smith, Kyle Quincey, Carlo Colaiacovo, Ian White and Lashoff.
The Wings didn’t practice Monday, but Mikael Samuelsson — out most recently with a sore chest muscle — is doubtful for Wednesday’s game at Calgary, and hopeful to play Saturday at Vancouver. Samuelsson has played just four games because of ailments including a pulled groin and fractured finger. Todd Bertuzzi (leg) may also be on the horizon come next week.
The AP's Larry Lage has apparently penned an article about the Red Wings' attempts to extend their playoff streak as well, but as the AP somewhat doofily believes that publishing articles sans the quotes that form their backbones, and then re-posting them with quotes a few hours later makes for good exposure, here are the bare bones of his article:
The Detroit Red Wings earned two points they desperately needed at Nashville, putting them in eighth place in the Western Conference standings.
The streaking Dallas Stars, Columbus and Phoenix are all right behind Detroit.
The 48-game, lockout-shortened sprint of a season is nearing a fantastic finish with only one team in each conference eliminated as of Monday morning.
In the Eastern Conference, the New York Islanders and New York Rangers are trying to hold on to the last two postseason spots. Winnipeg and Buffalo could potentially spoil their plans.
The regular season ends April 27 and the playoffs begin April 30.
Quite frankly, I don't want to post this entry right now, but news is news. My thoughts and prayers are with people in Boston and I'm trying to be as quiet as possible as we hear more news regarding the terrible incidents at the Boston Marathon.
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