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With Bertuzzi likely to play Tuesday, Red Wings return Ferraro to Grand Rapids

Landon Ferraro looked like a player who's more than willing to earn a spot on the Red Wings' fourth line next September and work his way up from there, but with Darren Helm returning to the lineup and Todd Bertuzzi deemed healthy for Tuesday's game against Columbus (by the Wings' coach, after Detroit's 3-2 OT loss to Minnesota on Sunday), the Wings are no longer in "roster emergency" territory, so either Ferraro or Cory Emmerton had to head back to Grand Rapids. The Wings chose to send down a player the Griffins need to bolster their scoring:

Ferraro didn't register a point in 4 games played, but he displayed speed, grit, playmaking ability and a lunchpail mentality. He's out of waiver options next season, and it'll be interesting to see whether he's got more of a scoring upside, or whether, as Fox Sports Detroit's Chris Osgood suggested, he may have to pull a Luke Glendening and embrace playing with an edge. Osgood suggested that Ferraro could be the next Dallas Drake.

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I thought he displayed more girt and poise as he continued to get into games. The potential is there for him to be a solid role player.

Posted by NewfieWing on 03/24/14 at 12:01 AM ET

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He has another 13 or 14 teams to play for before we can start comparing him to Drake.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 03/24/14 at 12:06 AM ET

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Callahan has more goals and points than Ferraro, and plays with more grit and more if an edge.  Callahan is also on quite a goals coring tear as well, when does he get his shot?

Posted by bababooey on 03/24/14 at 12:36 AM ET

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Next fall. Training camp is open season, especially given that the Wings won’t be forced to Nyquist anyone due to a rising cap and exiting dead weight. Training camp and the exhibition season will determine who stays and whose jobs got stolen.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/24/14 at 12:42 AM ET

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It is good for these young prospects to get a feel for what they might have to do over the summer to adjust and be prepared for NHL combat.

Hope to see more get a game or two in the last few games.  Injuries will continue based on the players that are going down on a regular basis.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 03/24/14 at 10:22 AM ET

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It’s very exciting to see some of the Wings’ management’s great scouting and patience pay off.  The future is bright.  Sometimes I wonder if Z and Pav will ever return.  And if they do, they are unlikely to be as good as they were in their prime.  It’s wonderful to see “the kids” poised to take over. 

BTW, that move Tatar made on Suter last night before he scored was absolutely brilliant.

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 03/24/14 at 10:30 AM ET

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I just don’t see any room next year for Ferraro. I didn’t not like what I saw from him. But our 4th line options are plentiful. Assuming Alf comes back, and we don’t deal for a Fwd, it’s a pretty full roster.
Franzen Hank Nyq
Abe’s PAv Alf
Tats She Jurco
Mild Helm Andy.

That leaves Glen and Ferraro and Plutkinen without a spot.

Oy way Ferraro. Or Callahan. Or Plut. Or Glen make it in is if we deal one or two Fwd’s for a D man.
Kind of seems like Andy might be a target for trade. I don’t see how he fits in as a not very fast 4th line center.

But then again, with all our injuries. Keeping him might not be a bad idea.

Packaging Lash, Andy and a pick for a solid 2nd line D man might not be a bad idea if we have Marchenko coming up to replace Quincey. Tho knowing Holland, he will resign Q.

Posted by Munnster9 on 03/24/14 at 11:29 AM ET

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pretty full roster.
Franzen Hank Nyq
Abe’s PAv Alf
Tats She Jurco
Mild Helm Andy.

That leaves Glen and Ferraro and Plutkinen without a spot.

Oy way Ferraro. Or Callahan. Or Plut. Or Glen make it in is if we deal one or two Fwd’s for a D man.
Kind of seems like Andy might be a target for trade. I don’t see how he fits in as a not very fast 4th line center.

But then again, with all our injuries. Keeping him might not be a bad idea.

Packaging Lash, Andy and a pick for a solid 2nd line D man might not be a bad idea if we have Marchenko coming up to replace Quincey. Tho knowing Holland, he will resign Q.

You forgot Cleary. raspberry

 

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 03/24/14 at 11:33 AM ET

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Franzen Hank Nyq
Abe’s PAv Alf
Tats She Jurco
Mild Helm Andy.

Where’s Weiss? How about Old’legswand? 

I don’t see Glenny finding himself on the bench, Babs loves the kid, and hard to argue, kids been a tough SOB shutting down the oppositions best.

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 03/24/14 at 11:51 AM ET

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Completely forgot Weiss was on team. Which shows you how necessary he is.
Cleary. Bert. Tootoo. Sammy. Emmerton. All gone.
Got to find a way to get rid of Weiss. Don’t see his need or value on team.
Got to move some players. Strengthen D up.

Posted by Munnster9 on 03/24/14 at 12:33 PM ET

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I am not sure Bert and Cleary are gone. There is a track record here showing that KH will at least talk to them about the next contract no matter how crazy it might sound to most of the fans.

Posted by VPalmer on 03/24/14 at 12:50 PM ET

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No. Just no. Not a chance on either of them. Way too crowded with superior players. Especially after the benching a of Bert and Cleary this year for the kids who are crushing it.

Posted by Munnster9 on 03/24/14 at 12:52 PM ET

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No. Just no. Not a chance on either of them. Way too crowded with superior players. Especially after the benching a of Bert and Cleary this year for the kids who are crushing it

You do not have to convince me on that, but KH already signed Cleary once when he knew all along it will mean Nyquist will have to go back to GR. We all know he has a tendency to overvalue experience and undervalue young talent. I do not think it will happen this time, but I will not rule out a possibility. Bert has been playing (and moving his feet) pretty well these days, just in time to convince KH for another 2 year contract. And by the way I love Bert, I think he has a great rapport and calming presence with the young guys on this team, but there is obviously no room for him next year.

Posted by VPalmer on 03/24/14 at 01:12 PM ET

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