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by George Malik on 03/23/14 at 10:56 PM ET
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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