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Player Movement Today For The Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled center Michael Rasmussen from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the Red Wings reassigned defenseman Gustav Lindstrom to the team’s taxi squad from Grand Rapids and reassigned goaltender Kaden Fulcher to the Griffins from the taxi squad.

Rasmussen, 21, has found the scoresheet in six of his seven games with the Griffins this season, recording six points (2-4-6) in that span. He is among team leaders with six points (T4th), four assists (4th), two power-play goals (2nd) and 16 shots (3rd). Prior to being reassigned to the Griffins on Feb. 1, Rasmussen skated in eight games with the Red Wings, posting three points (0-3-3) in eight games. To start the 2020-21 campaign, the 6-foot-6, 229-pound forward suited up in 18 games for Graz EC of the Austrian Eishockey Liga, recording five goals and 13 assists and 42 penalty minutes. The third-year pro spent the 2019-20 season with the Griffins and posted among team leaders with 22 points (9th) and 15 assists (7th), despite being limited to 35 games due to injury. The Surrey, British Columbia, native played the majority of his rookie professional season (2018-19) with Detroit and tallied 18 points (8-10-18) in 62 games, finishing the year tied for third among Red Wings skaters with four power-play goals. In all, Rasmussen has totaled 21 points (8-13-21) in 70 games with the Red Wings and 30 points (11-19-30) in 45 games with the Griffins.

Originally drafted by the Red Wings in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Rasmussen spent three seasons with the Western Hockey League’s Tri-City Americans from 2014-18 and recorded 157 points (81-76-157) in 161 games. As captain of Tri-City in 2017-18, he picked up 59 points (31-28-59) over an injury-shortened 47 regular-season game slate before racking up a team-best 33 points (16-17-33) in just 14 playoff games to help Tri-City to back-to-back series sweeps against higher-seeded teams in the 2018 WHL Playoffs.

Lindstrom, 22, has skated in five games with the Griffins this season, recording four penalty minutes and four shots on goal. The blueliner began the 2021-21 campaign with Almtuna IS of the second-tier Swedish Allsvenskan, suiting up in 20 games with Almtuna and recording 11 assists and 20 penalty minutes before returning to North America for his second professional season. Lindstrom appeared in 16 NHL games in 2019-20, tallying one assist, nine shots on goal, 19 hits and 15 blocked shots in 16:32 average time on ice. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound defenseman also skated in 45 games with the Griffins in his first season in North America, notching five points (0-5-5) and 26 penalty minutes. In 2018-19, Lindstrom won a Swedish Hockey League championship with Frolunda HC, notching six points (3-3-6) and 50 penalty minutes in 40 regular-season games and skating in six postseason games. Frolunda also captured a championship in the Champions League tournament, in which Lindstrom ranked second among the team’s defensemen with six points (2-4-6) in 11 games.

Originally drafted by the Red Wings in the second round (38th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Lindstrom has played in 213 professional games between the NHL, AHL, SHL and second-tier Swedish Allsvenskan. In 87 games with Almtuna IS between 2016-18, he totaled 23 points (8-15-23) and 60 penalty minutes. The Ostervala, Sweden, native also picked up a silver medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, notching one assist and eight penalty minutes in seven games. Prior to turning professional, Lindstrom played for Almtuna’s junior teams, totaling 20 points (9-11-20) and 16 penalty minutes at the under-20 level and 51 points (20-31-51) and 68 penalty minutes in 59 games in the under-18 ranks.

Fulcher, 22, is in his third professional season after being limited to two games during the 2019-20 campaign with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye due to injury. The netminder has appeared in 30 games with the Walleye over his first two professional seasons, posting a 15-9-6 record, 3.17 goals-against average, 0.894 save percentage and one shutout. Fulcher made his NHL debut in relief duty during the Red Wings season finale on April 6, 2019 against Buffalo, making nine saves on 11 shots on goal.

Originally signed by the Red Wings as an undrafted free agent on Oct. 3, 2017, Fulcher was a 2018 Ontario Hockey League champion with the Hamilton Bulldogs and posted a 57-44-13 record, 3.19 goals-against average, 0.893 save percentage and five shutouts in 115 OHL games from 2015-18. The 6-foot-3, 201-pound netminder was also named the Most Outstanding Goaltender at the Canadian Hockey League Memorial Cup following a 2.27 goals-against average and 0.918 save percentage in four games at the 2018 tournament.

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from Corey Proneman of The Athletic,

It is time for my annual list of the top free agents available to NHL teams from leagues outside the NHL. While portions of the hockey world have seen their seasons disturbed, some of the main free-agent-feeder leagues, in particular, the top European leagues and the NCAA, have played as close to a normal season as possible.

No OHL or WHL players were considered because of the timing of their seasons. There was no age cut-off. Players on KHL or NLA deals beyond this season were not considered.

Projected NHL Players
1. Damir Zhafyarov, RW, Nizhny Novgorod-KHL

Zhafyarov is a top scorer in the KHL this season. He will turn 27 this spring, but I could see him as a useful NHL player for a few years. He’s a highly intelligent passer with a good mid-distance shot and individual skill. He’s small, but not soft, and has killed penalties at the KHL level. While he’s a good skater for a 5-foot-9 player, he doesn’t have a true dynamic top gear. But I think he has enough skill and effort in his game to be a bottom-six forward in the NHL.

2. Matt Kiersted, D, North Dakota-NCHC

Kiersted is one of the top free agents on the market this spring. He has played large minutes for arguably the best team in the country the last two seasons….

continue (paid) for much more…

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/02/21 at 10:29 AM ET

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So RAM and Gustov up, 1 down, is the extra slot due to Nemeth, or is the Larkin injury more long term in nature?

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 03/02/21 at 11:01 AM ET

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from Ryan Ford of the Detroit Free Press,

The day we’ve all been dreading anticipating acknowledging has finally arrived.

The Detroit Red Wings will break out their “Reverse Retro” jerseys Tuesday in Columbus against the Blue Jackets.

Teams across the league have been rolling out Adidas’ hit-and-miss program the past month, and the Wings are the next-to-last Central Division squad to trot theirs out for a game. (The Blackhawks donned theirs for the first time Sunday, and the Stars were scheduled to debut theirs Feb. 15, but that game was postponed due to Texas’ weather issues.)

How to describe them? Most teams have several eras with different logos and colors to draw from — even the 20-year-old Blue Jackets got red-dominant jerseys this year — but the Wings have had essentially the same crest for 90 years and the same red and white look for that entire time.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/02/21 at 02:44 PM ET


Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0’s pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 03/02/21 at 10:01 AM ET

We’ll have to wait to find out. Hope it’s not turning into a longer term issue but if he’s gonna miss time this is the season to do it.

On a side note, did anybody else know Svech separated/dislocated his shoulder in preseason? I heard that on the broadcast last game or the game before and was really surprised. Knew he got dinged up and missed some time during camp but had no idea it was to that extent.

Posted by MZ2215 on 03/02/21 at 03:05 PM ET

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On a side note, did anybody else know Svech separated/dislocated his shoulder in preseason?

I knew he should have kept that chain-letter going….. wink

Back in January I read that he had an arm/ shoulder injury, but, the article didn’t mention anything that serious.

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 03/02/21 at 03:56 PM ET

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Brome and Svechnikov recalled from the taxi squad, Nielsen to the taxi squad.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/02/21 at 03:56 PM ET

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I don’t know if there is any tracking taking place of the number of players moved between the NHL/Taxi/AHL, but surely that would be SOMETHING the Wings would be winning this season.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/02/21 at 04:35 PM ET

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I cannot recall but during the first Chicago game Ken Daniels slipped and said Larkin was out for the season. Now it may have only been a slip but i was surprised he said that. Lets hope he was having a brain fart.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 03/02/21 at 05:21 PM ET

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Nielsen to the taxi squad.

At least Nielsen’s out tonight after that terrible showing the other night.

I haven’t given up on Ras yet either, so hopefully he can make an impact and stick around. He has the tools to be a decent NHLer but he’s only got so many chances left before some of the other prospects pass him on the depth chart. I’m rooting for him

Posted by Shanny_Fan on 03/02/21 at 07:23 PM ET

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