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Wings Recall Samuelsson, Assign Jurco And Sheahan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings recalled forward Mikael Samuelsson from the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday and assigned right wing Tomas Jurco and center Riley Sheahan to their AHL affiliate on Saturday.

Samuelsson, 37, has skated in two games with the Griffins this season, his first AHL stint since eight appearances in the 2001-02 season with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft (145th overall), Samuelsson has notched three points (1-2—3) and six penalty minutes in 26 appearances with the Wings this season. In six total seasons with Detroit, Samuelsson has produced 163 points (68-95—163) and 152 PIM from 2005-09 and 2012-14. With an NHL career spanning 12 years, Samuelsson has tallied 346 points (149-197—346) and 370 PIM in 699 games.
 

Jurco, 21, has netted 32 points (13-19—32) in 32 games with Grand Rapids and ranks third on the team in scoring. A native of Kosice, Slovakia, Jurco made his NHL debut on Dec. 15 in Detroit’s 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay, becoming the 138th Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL. Detroit’s first choice (35th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, he has earned seven points (3-4—7) in 19 games with the Wings this season. Jurco will compete for the Slovakian Olympic Team at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, later this week, becoming only the fifth player in franchise history to participate in the Olympics while an active Griffin.

Sheahan, 22, has competed in 28 games with the Griffins in his second professional season, posting 18 points (8-10—18), a plus-one rating and 10 PIM. Detroit’s first choice (21st overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Sheahan tallied two assists — his first career NHL points — in Detroit’s 5-4 shootout victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 21. In 18 games with the Wings this season, Sheahan has recorded 11 points (3-8—11) and a plus-two rating.
 

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My sleep pattern is all messed up these days so I apologize for not remembering where I read it, but GR has no roster room when they added the two players, so Sammy had to be moved up.

Not sure how this will play out once NHL play resumes.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/10/14 at 12:00 PM ET

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This is the first time I’ve really missed reentry waivers. Ugh.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/10/14 at 12:16 PM ET

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The Savior returns!

Posted by HockeyinHD on 02/10/14 at 12:57 PM ET

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Why was this done? Jurco isn’t even playing in GR, he’ll be in Sochi.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 02/10/14 at 01:06 PM ET

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Why was this done? Jurco isn’t even playing in GR, he’ll be in Sochi.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 02/10/14 at 12:06 PM ET

Opening up roster spots for Franzen and/or Weiss, maybe? But that’s a good point about Jurco.

Posted by George0211 on 02/10/14 at 01:09 PM ET

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Maybe it has to do with not using up all the “free cap space” that is afforded them by having Weiss on LITR.

Posted by Garth on 02/10/14 at 01:35 PM ET

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Why was this done? Jurco isn’t even playing in GR, he’ll be in Sochi

After folks return from Sochi there will be 5-7 days while they practice before any games begin. Having Jurco on GR’s roster will let him begin playing right away.

Glendening “earned” his Olympic vacation because he played x-#-of-games out of our last 20 games, but he’ll also be sent to GR so he can play 2-3 games after the folks return from Sochi(but before the Red Wings have a game).

Posted by alwaysaurie on 02/10/14 at 01:38 PM ET

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After folks return from Sochi there will be 5-7 days while they practice before any games begin. Having Jurco on GR’s roster will let him begin playing right away.

That might be true, but I’m not sure it’s right.  The man is only 21 and going through the longest playing stretch of his career, likely.  He might need the rest as much or more than the extra AHL games.

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/10/14 at 01:51 PM ET

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Posted by MoreShoot on 02/10/14 at 12:51 PM ET

He’s 21.  He should be better equipped than just about anyone else on the team to playing a long season.  Having him continue to play, rather than taking a break mid-season, is probably better for his development.

Posted by Garth on 02/10/14 at 02:06 PM ET

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Then why are young pitchers always kept on an inning limit.  And why do more mature endurance athletes (like pro cyclers) considered in their prime at 29?  Endurance at that level is grown, not natural.

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/10/14 at 02:22 PM ET

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Probably had already booked a vacation to somewhere warm.

Posted by jkm2011 on 02/10/14 at 02:28 PM ET

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GR is over their Veteran limit, so Sammy had to get sent up and then hopefully GONE!

Roster issues in GR.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 02/10/14 at 02:47 PM ET

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Then why are young pitchers always kept on an inning limit.  And why do more mature endurance athletes (like pro cyclers) considered in their prime at 29?  Endurance at that level is grown, not natural.

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/10/14 at 01:22 PM ET

I don’t think it’s a legitimate comparison to a young pitcher, especially a starting pitcher. Pitching is extraordinarily taxing on the pitcher’s arm. Limiting the mileage on the arm is the goal, not on the mental or other physical endurance of the pitcher. Playing a lot of hockey games requires physical and mental endurance - but it is not dangerously taxing on a player otherwise. Leaving a young pitcher to throw too much leaves him at risk - by the end of the season, his arm might be tired, he may have slight loss of velocity - a young kid is more likely than a seasoned veteran to try to overcompensate by throwing harder or whatever, which is the risk the teams want to avoid and do so by limiting innings.

For a young hockey player, there is not that specific risk of the player damaging his body or hurting himself somehow. While the young guy might get burned out playing that many games, it probably isn’t much more than he’s played already (can play upwards of 80-90 games in CHL, same in AHL) - this is nothing new for a young hockey player. The pitching is something that requires development, both mentally and physically, and requires limiting to prevent injury.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 02/10/14 at 02:50 PM ET

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Why was this done? Jurco isn’t even playing in GR, he’ll be in Sochi.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 02/10/14 at 12:06 PM ET

Also, in addition to what others said, I would imagine if Slovakia is eliminated early, he can come back and maybe get a game or two in with GR before the NHL resumes.

Posted by Primis on 02/10/14 at 02:50 PM ET

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My sleep pattern is all messed up these days so I apologize for not remembering where I read it, but GR has no roster room when they added the two players, so Sammy had to be moved up.

Paul,

I’m pretty sure the AHL has no roster limit. There is a limit to how many players above a certain level of experience can /dress/ for a game, but the number of players that can be on the active roster is unlimited.

After appearing in two games with the Griffins (and going -4 with 0 points in that time) Samuelsson has been scratched for the last 3 games before this callup. I haven’t seen this reported anywhere so I’m not sure what the reason is exactly—performance issues, attitude issues, injury issues, who knows.

This is all speculation, but I wonder if calling up Samuelsson is a political maneuver. Samuelsson might not have the best of attitudes. Blashill might not be super excited about having to continue to rotate two scratches per game. The Griffs can only dress 5 overagers per game and with Samuelsson they had 7, including 2 solid defenseman (Evans and Paetsch), the team captain (Hoggan), Emmerton (who has been playing great), Tootoo (who is easily the most popular Griffin with fans right now, save maybe Mrazek), and Triston Grant. Calling up Samuelsson now maybe takes a headache off of Blashill’s plate and spares Samuelsson the embarassment of people actually noticing that he’s getting scratched in the AHL.

Alternatively, Sammy might be hurt (AHL teams are not required to report injuries), or the move could be totally for maximizing LTIR space, or whatever. Who knows.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 02/10/14 at 02:51 PM ET

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Slap me silly Sid Abel! - tell me this is strictly a temporary olympics/roster limit move.

Posted by IMOrthodox13 on 02/10/14 at 03:35 PM ET

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Maybe the trip to the minors was to motivate sammy to waive his ntc.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/10/14 at 04:22 PM ET

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What’s the difference? No one will trade for him. When there’s no trade market, the NTC means nothing.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 02/10/14 at 04:29 PM ET

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Then why are young pitchers always kept on an inning limit.

Why are you comparing hockey players who play 3-4 nights a week to pitchers who throw once every five days?  Playing hockey isn’t throwing a baseball 90+ miles an hour and it isn’t riding a bike constantly for hours pre day for days on end.

Tomas Tatar played 111 games between three different teams last year as a 22-year old and he played well enough at the end to win the Calder Cup MVP.  And as a 20-year old, Jurco played 98 games for the Griffins last year.  If the Slovakians play for a medal he’d play in seven Olympic games.  If he left Sochi immediately after losing in the qualifying round or the quarter finals and played in every Griffins game between then and the re-start of the NHL season then he could conceivably play in 8 games over the break.

Jurco plays 13 minutes per night a few nights a week, if he can’t handle a possible eight games over the break instead of a possibe seven at 21 years of age then there’s a real problem facing him in his chosen career.

Posted by Garth on 02/10/14 at 04:31 PM ET

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What’s the difference? No one will trade for him. When there’s no trade market, the NTC means nothing

Sammy is a worthless as a few used practice pucks in terms of netting a player of any worth back in return.  That said, in a deal where the wings would pick up a salary of some size, Sammy could be a toss in so we fit under this years cap.

For example, and I’m dreaming here….  Say we trade Smith, Kindl, Almquiest or Marchenko, and our 2015 1st rounder for Shea Webber.  To make the deal work for our cap this season, we toss in Samuelson and Bertuzzi, who the preds woudl have to pay until the season ends, and then their done.

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 02/10/14 at 04:58 PM ET

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Jurco should be going down, regardless.  Once Weiss and Franzen come back he’ll have no spot in the top 9, and Detroit will need better defensive forwards than him in the bottom 6 anyway.

Sheahan’s move is a bit surprising if we’re talking about a move made on the merits, but it’s likely just a paper move anyway.  I’d think Glendening would go down first.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 02/10/14 at 05:27 PM ET

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I’d think Glendening would go down first.

Someone has to play on the PK

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 02/10/14 at 05:29 PM ET

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This just occurred to me. This is a token gift to Samuelson so he gets the Olympic break off.

Hey Sammy,

Too bad your not good anymore and your ending your career in our minor league system. Take 2 weeks off on us,

Kenny.

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 02/10/14 at 06:05 PM ET

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Someone has to play on the PK

Miller, Andersson, Helm, Abdelkader, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Weiss.  7’s plenty.  The last three guys wouldn’t have to crack 45 seconds a night, and maybe not even 30.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 02/10/14 at 06:53 PM ET

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Wasn’t there a tweet a day or two back about him being injured?  Like to think its not all ego and that he’s at least a pro about the end in the NHL for him being at hand.

Posted by maltby18 on 02/10/14 at 07:43 PM ET

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Sheahan’s move is a bit surprising if we’re talking about a move made on the merits, but it’s likely just a paper move anyway.  I’d think Glendening would go down first

Glendening can’t be sent down during the break, Sheahan can.

Posted by Garth on 02/10/14 at 08:55 PM ET

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I would imagine that the Olympic break may also hamper the Wings’ ability to move players from Grand Rapids to Toledo, and to give Jurco and Sheahan playing time—and because players are still paid during the Olympic break (per Garrioch)—this simply allows the players who need to play to play.

There’s no way to make Samuelsson’s salary go away at this point (unless the Islanders want him) but I don’t doubt that he’ll be back in Grand Rapids after the break. I also believe that Jurco will probably return to Grand Rapids, and it is highly probable that either Sheahan or Glendening (possibly both) will be demoted given that the Wings would theoretically have a healthy Weiss, Helm, Datsyuk/Zetterberg and Andersson when “fully healthy.”

After the break, when the Wings’ LTIR cap flexibility goes away, they need to know what Weiss can give them or whether they’ve got to try to move him in the summer, and I can’t imagine Babcock benching Cleary and Bertuzzi for the balance of the regular season (again, Bertuzzi signed an over-35 deal, and while Cleary was under 35 when he signed, demoting him wouldn’t provide much relief and would just clog the Griffins’ roster)...

But I do think that we may see Sheahan or Glendening remain with the team, and come playoff time—assuming that the Wings don’t burn their 4 post-deadline-and-prior-to-the-Griffins-playoff-run-ending non-roster-emergency call-ups—it is *possible* that we may see Jurco, Sheahan and Glendening back in the lineup ahead of Cleary, Bertuzzi and/or Andersson.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/11/14 at 12:27 AM ET

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You can take what the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness wrote for what you will:

Samuelsson, who will practice with the other players that didn’t make an Olympic roster on Feb. 19 in Detroit, needed to be recalled because the Griffins had too many veterans on their roster.

Too many rotating in and out of the lineup? That I can believe. Too many veterans? There’s not supposed to be a limit, but 5 maximum vets can play on a given night, and with Emmerton, Tootoo and Samuelsson down as well as the Griffins’ quartet of Hoggan, Evans, Paetsch and Grant on the roster, the Griffins were rotating seven players, which might be a bit much for Jeff Blashill’s liking.

For now.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/11/14 at 12:37 AM ET

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