The Detroit Red Wings waived defenseman Jakub Kindl on Saturday.
With Kyle Quincey returning from injury for Detroit’s Sunday matchup with the Anaheim Ducks, the Red Wings’ roster would have had been at eight defenseman, a position general manager Ken Holland said the team would not accommodate.
Alternatively, the Red Wings could have returned Alexey Marchenko to the Griffins. Marchenko would not require waivers but has seemingly passed both Kindl and Brendan Smith on the team’s depth chart.
Kindl will have until noon on Sunday to be claimed by another team. Should he clear waivers, he will be assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Kindl, 28, was Detroit’s first-round draft pick (19th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. In 23 games this season, he has 2 goals and three assists in a third-pairing role.