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Riger: Don’t expect a depth move from Holland or the Wings

97.1 the Ticket's Jeff Riger will be speaking with Ken Holland during the 1st intermission of the Wings-Isles game (you can listen to the intermission report here), and Riger's broaching an intriguing subject:

Also: Leaf director of player personnel Mark Hunter is in the building, but:

No way, the Wings don't need a Franson (who's not that much of an upgrade), and Detroit doesn't need to pay a within-division premium to get a player that's not a major improvement.

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Khan: Lashoff clears waivers, heads to GR; Gustavsson to start for Griffins tonight

Per MLive's Ansar Khan:

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Lashoff cleared waivers on Saturday and was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Lashoff has appeared in 11 games this season (no goals, two assists, plus-4 rating), but none since Dec. 29.

The move allows the Red Wings to activate goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, who will start for the Griffins tonight in a conditioning stint against the Milwaukee Admirals at Van Andel Arena (7 p.m.).

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Lashoff has one year remaining on his contract at a $725,000 salary-cap hit ($850,000 actual salary). That likely factored in the club's inability to trade him.

Update: Here's the Red Wings' press release:

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Petr Mrazek Knows He Has To Be Better

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Mrazek has played well during spot starts the past three seasons. After Howard suffered a groin injury on Jan. 10, Mrazek stepped in and won three games in a row.

At that point he was sporting a 2.12 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. After allowing five goals on 15 shots through two periods in Thursday's 5-1 loss at Tampa Bay, Mrazek emerged with a 2.77 GAA and .904 save percentage.

"Of course I'm not happy with that," Mrazek said. "I let in a few goals I probably shouldn't have and made the game change. Just stay positive and battle hard.

"You have to flush it and not think about it and get ready for (Saturday) and stay thinking positive. Sometimes the pucks go in and you don't know why, so you just have to battle."...

Mrazek has a 5.36 GAA and .842 save percentage his past four games. He doesn't believe he's getting worn down mentally by having to carry the load in the absence of Howard and Jonas Gustavsson, who should return next week.

"When I played in Grand Rapids I played every game and now here it's the same process," Mrazek said. "I'm trying hard work, on the ice before the game and in the game."

more with comments from Mikc Babcock on Mrazek...

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Jonas Gustavsson Will Play In Grand Rapids Tomorrow

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Alexey Marchenko Getting A Look By The Wings

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"Ken (general manager Holland) and guys who go watch him play and Blash have said is that he's a big body," Babcock said. "We think he's a good player and we're going to give him an opportunity to see what he can do as we try to figure out how to have the best possible lineup we can to help win every game."

Goaltender Petr Mrazek, who played with Marchenko in Grand Rapids, said, "Marchy is a great defensive player, smart guy, right-handed, so I think he's really good. He can jump in the (rush) and then be back on the D."

Marchenko's season ended in late February following surgery for a high ankle sprain.

"I think Marchenko has played well in the AHL," Holland said. "We need to give Marchenko an opportunity. We had the opportunity to look at (Teemu) Pulkkinen and Ouellet. We might take a look at one or two more kids so we know what we got."

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Xavier Ouellet Back To Grand Rapids, Alexey Marchenko Recalled

added 1:19pm, via Khan tweet,

Holland the moves aren't a reflection of Ouellet's play. They want to see what Marchenko can do.

added 1:43pm, via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

General manager Ken Holland didn't rule out Ouellet, who has played very well, being recalled in time for next week's trip to Denver and Arizona. Ouellet told the Free Press that he'd been given the OK to bring his father on the trip, but Holland said he hadn't approved that.

Last year, the Wings traded Calle Jarnkrok at the deadline without having gotten a good look at him with the Wings. This year, there's more emphasis on seeing more of the prospects, with the possibility that Mitch Callahan could also be called up over the coming month.

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Brian Lashoff On Waivers

 

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Buffalo Sabres Scouting Grand Rapids Griffins

via Nichols On Hockey,

Elliotte Friedman was on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 on Friday morning.

On what he’s working on for Saturday:

“A lot of the teams are finishing up their scouting meetings. I understand that Buffalo has been scouting Grand Rapids, which is Detroit’s American Hockey League team, quite a bit. So who knows what’s going on there. But a few people who have been through and around Grand Rapids have been saying they’ve seen a lot of Buffalo guys there. In the past, the Sabres and Red Wings have kind of been linked on talks, so you never know what that’s about.”

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A Lot Of Red In Tampa

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

With 8:01 left in the first period of Thursday night's Lightning-Red Wings showdown, a puck with eyes found its way into the net to tie the score, and a loud roar vibrated through the building.

But here's the strange thing: The goal wasn't scored by the Lightning, and this wasn't Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. This was Amalie Arena, home of the Lightning. On Thursday night, the Lightning had a time-share with the Red Wings.

As has become something of a tradition, Red Wing fans invaded Tampa Bay, turning Hockey Bay into a suburb of Hockeytown. A normal sea of blue had become flooded with red.

"It (ticks) me off," said Brad Fountain, a 47-year-old Lightning partial season-ticket holder from Palm Harbor. "This is our home. This is our building. I hate those fans who come here from other teams."

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Mike Babcock After The Wings 5-1 Loss To The Lightning

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"I thought we had good attention to detail. I thought we played good," Babcock said. "I thought that might have been our best first period in a while. The puck just went in the net tonight.

"Let's be honest. It was in the net every time they shot it and so you're down by, not quite a touchdown, but a chunk right off the get-go."

Petr Mrazek experienced his worst NHL game, surrendering three goals on 15 shots and getting pulled after two periods.

He had played extremely well in spot starts this season and in the first three games after Jimmy Howard injured his groin on Jan. 10. But the 22-year-old has faltered of late, allowing 16 goals in his past four starts, getting pulled twice.

"You got to give him credit. He's a kid who's 10-4-1," Babcock said. "He's our third goalie. When they (Howard, Jonas Gustavsson) got hurt he still had great moxie. He's got NHL moxie. He's still got to work at his skill level."

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Below, watch Babcock post-game...

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