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Wings Recall Helm And Ouellet, Send Glendening To Grand Rapids

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled center Darren Helm and defenseman Xavier Ouellet from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and assigned center Luke Glendening to the Griffins.

Helm, 26, returns to the Red Wings after a two-game conditioning stint with the Griffins, recording three shots and a minus-one rating in Grand Rapids’ home opener versus the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday along with one shot and a plus-one rating on Saturday against the Rockford IceHogs. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native has appeared in 249 games for Detroit, recording 83 points (32-51-83) and 54 penalty minutes. He has also played in 65 career postseason games, notching 16 points (10-6-16) and 18 penalty minutes. The seventh-year pro played in just one game with Detroit last year while battling a back injury.

Ouellet, 20, has appeared in five games with Grand Rapids in his first professional season, notching two assists and a plus-one rating. Originally drafted by Detroit in the second round (48th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Ouellet spent the past four seasons with the Montreal Juniors and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the QMJHL. In 223 career major junior games, the Bayonne, France, native totaled 160 points (41-119-160) and 177 penalty minutes. He also represented Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, finishing the tournament with three points (1-2-3) in six games.

Glendening, 24, made his NHL debut with Detroit on Oct. 12, in the team’s 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. In five games with the Red Wings this season, he has logged two penalty minutes and six shots on goal while averaging 9:31 of ice time. The Grand Rapids, Mich., native helped his hometown team to their first-ever Calder Cup championship last season, recording 26 points (8-18-26) in 51 regular season games and 16 points (6-10-16) in 24 postseason contests. Glendening previously skated with the University of Michigan from 2008-12, recording 70 points (31-39-70) and 122 penalty minutes in 165 collegiate games.

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This is wonderful news about Ouellet. This definitely means that Brendan Smith, Mr. Turnover MACHINE, will hopefully be in the press box tonight. While I was one of his biggest supporters and defended him last year during the playoffs, my faith in him has run out. We developed him in the Wings’ system but he just doesn’t seem to get it. Why he doesn’t understand that he’s a defenseman I’ll never know. He seems hellbent on being an offensive defenseman and has a million brain farts every game. Dude is -7, good for worst on the team, yet he’s only played in 5 games. Do I smell a trade a brewing? Smith, Tootoo for something? I hope to god Kenny trades Smith for a pick, even if it’s only something like a 5th rounder. We have our 5/6 pairing of the future in GR right now, Ouellet and Sproul. And it sounds like Xavier is going to get a chance to leap ahead of Smith on the depth chart. We shall see. George; what do you think?

Posted by ZandPasha11 on 10/21/13 at 09:18 AM ET

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Nice now if we can just Nyquist and Tatar in the game we will be a much deeper offensive team. Why not have 4 scoring lines that have speed, size, grit and are defensively responsible. Somethin that looks like this: Fran-Dat-Abby, Zetty-Weiss-Alfie, Nyq-Helm-Bert, Cleary-Andy-Tart

Posted by Anderj8 on 10/21/13 at 09:19 AM ET

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Nice now if we can just Nyquist and Tatar in the game

At this point I’d settle for one OR the other before moving onto the pipedream of having a line of Tatar/Andersson/Nyquist.

Posted by Garth on 10/21/13 at 09:24 AM ET

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And the moves that will put the Wings under the cap and inside the 23 man roster are?

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 10/21/13 at 09:28 AM ET

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Is this just another cap space thing that has to be done right before someone gets waived/IR’d like they did at the beginning of the season with Ouellet?

Posted by lancer on 10/21/13 at 09:31 AM ET

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I assume so, Lancer, unless a d-man is sick or has a slight injury that we don’t know about.

Posted by jkm2011 on 10/21/13 at 09:41 AM ET

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It should be about icing the best possibly roster as Holland and Babcock have said in the past. So Holland needs to do his job and find a way to make that happen. We need some energy and secondary scoring. Nyquist and Tatar have to be on the team. With Helm, Nyquist and Tatar instead of Glendening, Sammy and Miller. How is that not a better team? Keep Miller as an extra becasue he is effective at what he does and isnt a defensive liability. We not only need an energy line but they need to be able to contribute as the Nyquist-Andy-Brunner line did last year. We have a better team than last year we just havent been able to use all of our assets as of yet.
Zetty-Dat-Alfie, Fran-Weiss-Abby, Nyq-Helm-Bert, Cleary-Andy-Tart

Posted by Anderj8 on 10/21/13 at 09:57 AM ET

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More evidence that Smith is gonna get traded….

Posted by VitoLambruski on 10/21/13 at 09:58 AM ET

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Word is Big E not 100% for tonight.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/21/13 at 10:04 AM ET

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Word is Big E not 100% for tonight.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/21/13 at 11:04 AM ET

Oh good Lord.  Thanks for the pre-lunch downer, Paul.  I better start drinking now.  Sharks are going to get 118 shots on goal and score 26 goals.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 10/21/13 at 10:08 AM ET

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It ill be Smith and Oullet tonight.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/21/13 at 10:16 AM ET

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Sharks are going to get 118 shots on goal and score 26 goals.

I think you’ve got that backwards… Sharks are going to get 26 shots on goal and score 118 goals. rolleyes

Posted by calquake on 10/21/13 at 10:20 AM ET

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It ill be Smith and Oullet tonight.

Good grief.  Does this mean Kronner comes back a game early. Don’t want that either if he needs the rest.  Why can’t it be Oulett and Lashoff.  That would be less catastrophic, wouldn’t it?

Posted by MoreShoot on 10/21/13 at 10:35 AM ET

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DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 10/21/13 at 10:52 AM ET

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DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 10/21/13 at 11:52 AM ET

I think you missed an “O” in there, plus a few more exclamation marks at the end with and upside down question mark or two thrown in.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 10/21/13 at 11:05 AM ET

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I have a feeling tonight that if the wings do lose it will be all Tatars fault for not “grabbing the opprotunity” and “wanting it hard enough”.

He will next play in January against the Blackhawks.

Posted by lancer on 10/21/13 at 11:06 AM ET

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Glendenning played great while up with the Wings. 

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Posted by w2j2 on 10/21/13 at 11:54 AM ET

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I think the Wings should trade Brendan Smith. He’s not quite that horrible yet where is isn’t worth anything but he just doesn’t know how to make good decisions like Dekeyser. Get rid of Smith. I like Tootoo but would not be sad to let him go just to see Helm/Tartar/Nyquist playing on a Red Wings team that looks like everyone is 40 on the team… LGRW!

Posted by Pasha1277 on 10/21/13 at 01:57 PM ET

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