Red Wings Assign 22 to Griffins

In advance of the NHL lockout expected to begin this weekend, the Detroit Red Wings assigned 22 players to the Grand Rapids Griffins, their afflilate in the American Hockey League.

The complete list of players assigned is as follows:

Adam Almqvist
Joakim Andersson
Louis-Marc Aubry
Damien Brunner
Mitch Callahan
Willie Coetzee
Landon Ferraro
Gleason Fournier
Tomas Jurco
Brian Lashoff
Thomas McCollum
Petr Mrazek
Andrej Nestrasil
Max Nicastro
Gustav Nyquist
Francis Pare
Trevor Parkes
Jordan Pearce
Brent Raedeke
Riley Sheahan
Brendan Smith
Tomas Tatar

Of those, only Pearce and Pare had needed to clear waivers, having done so earlier in the week.

Red Wings Re-Sign Abdelkader

Early Friday morning the Red Wings announced the signing of restricted free agent forward Justin Abdelkader to a four-year deal.  Financial terms were not announced but the annual cap hit under the current collective bargaining agreement is reportedly around $1.75 million.

Abdelkader, 25, was Detroit’s second-round selection in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.  The Muskegon native has played all but one season of his career in the state of Michigan.  After high school hockey with Mona Shores he played one year with the USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, then moved on to the Michigan State Spartans, Grand Rapids Griffins, and the Red Wings.

He has played 209 career games with the Wings, scoring 18 goals and adding 29 assists in a mostly third- and fourth-line role.

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Red Wings Sign Defenseman Colaiacovo

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Friday the signing of defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo.

As per club policy, financial terms were not officially announced.  The two-year deal is reportedly worth a total of $5 million for a $2.5 million cap hit under the current collective bargaining agreement.

The 29-year-old Colaiacovo is a veteran of 370 career NHL games.  He was drafted 17th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2001 and spent parts of six seasons with the Leafs before being traded to the St. Louis Blues in November of 2008.

In the past three seasons he’s never played more than 67 games due to injury.

The deal gives the team seven NHL-quality defensemen under contract heading into an expected lockout that could cancel at least part of the 2012-13 season.

2012 Red Wings Number Changes

It’s looking like some of the jersey numbers we saw at the Red Wings’ summer development camp weren’t as meaningless as was originally suggested.

Rather than wearing the #25 assigned to him last season, Brian Lashoff wore the #23 vacated by Brad Stuart.  Additionally, Martin Frk wore the #48 that Cory Emmerton wore last campaign.

Today, Bill Roose Tweeted that Emmerton would be switching to #25.  This means, of course, that #48 is available for Frk to keep and that Lashoff’s switch would be required.

Assuming the development camp numbers are all accurate, the following changes have taken place:

Louis-Marc Aubry – from #53 to #32
Mitch Callahan – from #65 to #42
Willie Coetzee – from #70 to #45
Landon Ferraro – from #57 to #41
Gleason Fournier – from #67 to #46
Richard Nedomlel – from #73 to #3
Xavier Ouellet – from #61 to #54
Alan Quine – from #74 to #59
Marek Tvrdon – from #71 to #60

Additionally, Trevor Parkes switched from #60 to #37, which is now taken by Mikael Samuelsson.  Ryan Sproul went from #62 to #22, which now belongs to Jordin Tootoo.

If the Red Wings have a training camp this season, we’ll see if any of the development camp numbers stick around.