Jensen, Tangradi Called Up as Andersson Demoted

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Sunday that defenseman Nick Jensen and forward Eric Tangradi were called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins. To help make room for the pair, forward Joakim Andersson – who cleared waivers at noon on Saturday – was sent to the Griffins.

Jensen gives the Red Wings seven defensemen on the roster with Niklas Kronwall recovering from knee surgery. The extra blueliner may be required, as Brendan Smith left Saturday’s game late in the third period and has been dealing with an unspecified injury.

Originally Detroit’s fifth round selection (150th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Jensen, 25, has eight goals and 36 assists over the last three seasons with the Griffins. He has yet to make his Red Wings debut.

Tangradi, signed as a free agent by the Red Wings last summer, is the Griffins’ heading scorer with 31 points in 36 games. He was called up to Detroit earlier this season but did not make an appearance in the lineup. In 143 career NHL games, Tangradi has five goals and ten assists for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Winnipeg Jets, and Montreal Canadiens.

Andersson will rejoin a Griffins team for whom he scored 38 goals and 63 assists in 189 career games. In 25 games with the Red Wings this season, he has one goal and two assists in a fourth-line role.

Jensen and Tangradi could be in the lineup for the Red Wings on Monday when they visit the New York Islanders.

Andersson Clears Waivers

Detroit Red Wings forward Joakim Andersson cleared waivers on Saturday.

Andersson, 26, had been placed on waivers on Friday to give the Red Wings flexibility to call up a defenseman with Niklas Kronwall recovering from knee surgery. Teams had 24 hours to make a claim on him. Unlike with Landon Ferraro – who was claimed by the Boston Bruins earlier this season – none did.

Andersson will remain with the team for now but could be sent to the Grand Rapids Griffins if the defensive call-up ends up being necessary.

Red Wings Place Andersson on Waivers

The Detroit Red Wings placed forward Joakim Andersson on waivers on Friday.

Andersson, 26, has one goal and two assists in 25 games with the Red Wings this season, used mostly in a fourth-line role. In 201 career games he has 15 goals and 21 assists.

Teams have until noon on Saturday to place a claim on Andersson, who will be in the Detroit lineup tonight as the Red Wings visit the Buffalo Sabres.

The waiving of Landon Ferraro by the Red Wings earlier this season seemed to assure Andersson’s spot on the Detroit roster. The team stated that Andersson’s waiving was for salary cap reasons.

Should Andersson clear waivers he will be assigned to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Selected in the third round (88th overall) by the Red Wings in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Andersson has played 189 games for the Griffins, scoring 38 goals and 63 assists.

Kronwall, Miller Out with Knee Injuries

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Tuesday that defenseman Niklas Kronwall will miss two to four weeks with a knee injury.

Kronwall missed the Red Wings’ annual Toast of Hockeytown event on Monday night and had his knee scoped on Tuesday morning. The surgery was timed to take advantage of the NHL’s upcoming All-Star break, such that it’s possible that he will only miss four games.

Playing in all 45 games for Detroit so far this season, Kronwall has three goals and 14 assists for 17 points. He’s also a -10 on the year.

Additionally, the team announced that forward Drew Miller will miss four to six months after having reconstructive surgery on his ACL.

Originally it was thought that Miller would miss a matter of weeks with a torn meniscus. More damage than expected was found, however, requiring significantly more repair.

In a penalty killing specialist role, Miller has a goal and assist in 28 games.

This likely spells the end of Miller’s tenure with the Red Wings, as his contract is up at the end of the season.

On the John Scott Trade and the NHL All-Star Game

I really don’t care if John Scott plays in the NHL All-Star Game. In all likelihood, I wasn’t going to watch it anyway.

I do, however, think what happened to him today is low even by NHL standards.

Scott, who has played a grand total of 11 games for the Arizona Coyotes this season, was voted by fans as the Pacific Division’s captain at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. The journeyman enforcer, hailed as the last of a dying breed, stated that he would not decline to participate and would instead go to Nashville so that his family could have the All-Star Weekend experience.

His family will seemingly not have that opportunity. On Friday the Coyotes traded Scott to the Atlantic Division’s Montreal Canadiens, who promptly demoted him to the St. John’s Ice Caps of the American Hockey League, making his appearance at the All-Star Game highly unlikely.

In the wake of the deal, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported that Scott had been asked repeatedly to decline his invitation to the All-Star Game.

John Scott wanted to take his family – including his pregnant wife – to Nashville for an experience they shouldn’t have been able to have. Instead, that has been taken away from them and he’s been traded to the NHL team with the AHL affiliate furthest from Glendale and his family. It’s hard not to say that he’s been banished.

The league asked the fans to vote for who they wanted to see at the All-Star Game. They responded by voting in John Scott. The league didn’t like it and Scott wouldn’t decline the opportunity, so he has been punished.

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