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Wings Place Two On Waivers

Riley Barber and Taro Hirose are on waivers today.

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NHL rosters must be set by 5pm ET tomorrow.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/10/21 at 01:19 PM ET

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Complete waiver list for today is here.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/10/21 at 01:26 PM ET

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Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News predicts the forwardsm, goalie and dmen are set…

In: Tyler Bertuzzi, Erne, Fabbri, Sam Gagner, Larkin, Namestnikov, Rasmussen, Mitchell Stephens, Pius Suter, Filip Zadina.

On the bubble: Taro Hirose, Raymond, Carter Rowney, Bobby Ryan, Smith, Veleno.

For this exercise, Stephens is assumed to be on the roster.

The speedy, tenacious Stephens seemingly solidified a spot Saturday by arguably being the Wings’ best forward, after a string of good preseason performances. Stephens likely will be the fourth-line center.

Ryan, 34, in camp on a professional tryout, likely will be signed to a one-year contract. Ryan had two goals and two assists in six games, but he also brings important veteran intangibles that could help the Wings.

Rowney could fill the role of being an extra forward, able to step in when needed.

Smith would appear to have a roster spot locked up,  but the severity of his injury clouds his outlook. Also, Smith didn’t have a consistently productive preseason.

Which leaves us with Raymond and Veleno, two young players fans are longing to see in the NHL — but the Wings’ front office have a development plan in place.

If either player isn’t playing meaningful minutes, or isn’t in the NHL lineup consistently, the decision is easy: Put them in Grand Rapids and let them gain experience with plenty of playing time in the AHL.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/10/21 at 02:27 PM ET


Put them in Grand Rapids and let them gain experience with plenty of playing time in the AHL.

Could this actually backfire? It always seems to me that for very talented players playing in AHL could slow down their development. But maybe it’s just my desire to watch Raymond and Veleno playing for the Red Wings.

Posted by VPalmer on 10/10/21 at 02:49 PM ET


Posted by VPalmer on 10/10/21 at 03:49 PM ET

It will most assuredly will. The only way it works is if you’re like Dats and can turn monkeys on skates into goal scorers. Then you have the issue of regression and then the goal scorers turn back into pumpkins.

Gagner and Names should not be playing over Ray and Veleno. I’m not sold on Ras either

Posted by retrospecd on 10/10/21 at 03:14 PM ET

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned goaltender Calvin Pickard to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

The Red Wings have 31 players on their preseason roster: 20 forwards, nine defensemen and two goaltenders. Detroit concluded its eight-game preseason slate on Saturday in Buffalo with a 4-4-0 record. The team will officially begin the 96th season in franchise history on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. when it hosts the back-to-back Stanley Cup-champion Tampa Bay Lightning at Little Caesars Arena.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/10/21 at 04:13 PM ET


Not sure how they’d fit him on the roster, but Barre-Boulet sure seems like a tempting player to pick up off the wire too.

Posted by RyanVM on 10/10/21 at 06:41 PM ET

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Second the Barre-Boulet comment. The injuries presently combined with the ability to send down Veleno give them essentially a free look. Bet he gets claimed first by Ottawa or Buffalo though.

Posted by Chip4Pips on 10/10/21 at 10:19 PM ET

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