Kindl Clears Waivers

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl cleared waivers on Sunday, clearing the way for him to be assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.

Kindl, 28, was Detroit’s first-round draft pick (19th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. In 271 career NHL games for the Red Wings he’s scored 16 goals and 51 asists for 67 points.

In 23 games this season, Kindl has two goals and three assists.

Kindl has played 237 career games in the AHL, all with Grand Rapids. He most recently scored one goal during a two-game conditioning stint last season.

Kindl became expendible with the emergence of Detroit rookie defenseman Alexey Marchenko, who seemingly leapfrogged Kindl and Brendan Smith on the Red Wings’ depth chart.

With Kindl in Grand Rapids, $950,000 of his $2.4 million salary cap hit will come off the Red Wings’ books. Reportedly the team will need to make another move to clear space under an internal salary cap of $66 million.

Red Wings Waive Kindl

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.

On Goalie Interference

I ranted on Twitter a bit during the Red Wings’ eventually-unsuccessful challenge of the Penguins’ first goal of the game.

It may seem a little disingenuous to compare modern goalie interference calls to those levied against a player who retired three years ago. Rules have changed since then. Video review of Holmstrom’s goalie interference calls was never an option.

The reason I do it, though, is because – while we now have video review – the actual definition of goalie interference has not changed. Which means that, in theory, plays now should be held to the same standard that Holmstrom was during his career.

We saw Detroit goals disallowed because Holmstrom was hovering over the crease, not making contact with the goaltender. Plays where the refs went to center ice and announced that a goal was coming back because a player was in the crease. We saw that multiple times a season and no one in the league offices or the media even blinked, despite that not being the rule.

Tonight we saw a skater planted in the crease, seemingly pushing the goalie around in it, and we debate whether that contact really made a difference. No one suggests that his mere presence in the blue paint should negate the goal. Even with video review to get the call right, the call that was made against Holmstrom never gets made now.

So I rant because it’s an implicit admission that all those calls throughout his career were wrong. If the standards are the same, and video review allows us to get it right, and someone standing in the crease and pushing the goalie around is a legal play, then Tomas Holmstrom‘s entire reputation for committing goalie interference was fabricated. I want to force people to see – and maybe acknowledge – that.