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Why Was Madison Bowey Sent To Grand Rapids?

12/10/2019 at 2:53pm EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings demoted Madison Bowey to send a message.

He was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday after no NHL team claimed him off waivers. Bowey, 24, was described as a “reclamation project” when he joined the Wings last February as part of a trade package, and his lack of growth made him expendable.

“At the end of the day, he had gotten into a spot where he was out of the lineup,” coach Jeff Blashill said Tuesday before the game against the Jets. “It had stagnated a little bit. It was a spot where he had some tough games in a row and so we took him out of the lineup. If he is going to be out of the lineup, he should play hockey.

“This doesn’t need to be the end for him by any means. As I said to him, go down and play like you don’t belong down there. Then people will be pounding on my door to have him come back up. His play will dictate his opportunities.

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