Detroit Red Wings head coach Dave Lewis made the final set of Detroit’s roster cuts following last night’s exhibition game against Chicago. As expected, Stacy Roest remained with the Red Wings while Derek King was sent to the Grand Rapids Griffins and former Red Wings Doug Brown, attempting a comeback after spending a year out of hockey, was cut.
Roest is likely to join King in Grand Rapids when Boyd Devereaux returns to the Red Wings’ roster. Devereaux is currently nursing a broken thumb suffered in the first exhibition game of the season.
“I have the utmost respect for Doug as a player, as a former Red Wing,” Lewis said of the difficult decision to tell Brown and King that they had not made the roster. “Derek King is a quality person and he’s a smart hockey player.”
“I’m proud of the effort and how far I’ve come in the last 20 or 30 days,” Brown said. “I’ve enjoyed this training camp, and management gave me an opportunity in the exhibition games to show that I can play.”
King will report to the Griffins this week. Once there he will have the role of a player/coach.
Former Red Wings goaltender Kevin Hodson claimed a roster spot on the Tampa Bay Lightning. He will back up starting netminder Nikolai Khabibulin after being out of the NHL last year.