Red Wings – Kings Pregame Notes

The Red Wings go into tonight’s matchup with the Los Angeles Kings with the same lineup they used to shut out the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

This means that Ty Conklin gets the start. Chris Osgood once again skipped the morning skate as he attempts to recover from a groin injury.

If Osgood is so hurt that he can’t practice, it doesn’t seem like he’d even be able to come into a game in relief of Conklin. If Conklin gets hurt, will Osgood actually be able to play? If not, I think the Wings should get creative and dress Derek Meech as the backup. If nothing happens then it doesn’t matter, if Conklin gets hurt the Wings are screwed either way, and if Osgood sits for 10 games he can be retroactively put on the IR to get some cap space to call up Jimmy Howard or Daniel Larsson.

No, I don’t expect that to happen.

Conklin to Start Against Sharks

Ty Conklin gets the start in net for Detroit against the San Jose Sharks tonight as Chris Osgood is battling an injured groin.

To avoid the Red Wings needing to make a roster move, Osgood will back-up Conklin. If the team had needed to call up Jimmy Howard or Daniel Larsson from the Grand Rapids Griffins a player would have had to have been moved off of the Detroit roster.

Should Osgood’s injury keep him out longer he could be moved to the long-term injured reserve which would mean he would have to miss at least ten games. The only other current option for the Wings would be to move another player, either through waivers or a trade.

Round One Draft Notes

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t usually pay too much attention to the draft because the Wings are picking so late and so rarely that there’s no need to stay glued to it. When Detroit does pick, it’s likely to be someone you’ve never heard of and won’t hear of again until four years later when they crack the lineup and become a superstar. Works for me.

I expected the Red Wings to deal their first round pick but it didn’t happen and they took goalie Thomas McCollum from the OHL’s Guelph Storm. This was the pick they had to make with all of their goalie prospects now in Detroit or Grand Rapids. Jimmy Howard should be the backup to Chris Osgood next year and Daniel Larsson will come over from Sweden to take Howard’s place with the Griffins so before this pick, there wasn’t anyone on the depth chart beyond that.

That said, the Wings would have no problem picking up a free agent goalie if none of these guys panned out, so I would have understood if they didn’t go for a netminder.

The trades are more interesting to me than anything.

This year we have Olli Jokinen going to Phoenix for Nick Boynton, Keith Ballard and the #49 pick. I think Phoenix absolutely screwed Florida on this one but it’s not like you’ll notice in the end ’cause the Panthers will remain mediocre; I don’t think the deal makes them worse, just that they could have gotten more.

Mike Cammalleri to Calgary came first and was a surprise to me ’cause I didn’t think the Flames would be the team to get him. I saw him going out East if anywhere.

Calgary getting Cammalleri finally made Alex Tanguay expendible and he was shipped to the Montreal Canadiens. This deal had been rumored back at the February trade deadline as Tanguay for Michael Ryder but ended up being a pick-based deal. It sounds like Montreal was the only possible destination for Tanguay, who Canadiens GM Bob Gainey said “was not comfortable with the Calgary Flames.”

The Philadelphia Flyers made two moves to wrap up the player trades. R.J. Umberger was moved to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a late first round pick in a deal that seems to show that Columbus will not persue Pittsburgh’s Ryan Malone, as had been rumored earlier this week. Umberger had a breakout season and I’m really not sure why the Flyers would deal him.

The Flyers then picked up Steve Eminger from Washington in another deal that surprises me a little ’cause I don’t know why the Caps would want to do that trade. Maybe those last two are a sign that I don’t pay enough attention to the Eastern Conference.

Red Wings Sign Goaltender Larsson

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Wednesday that they have signed goaltending prospect Daniel Larsson to a two-year entry-level deal.

Larsson was the top goaltender in the Swedish Elite League for the 2007-2008 season, earning a 2.29 GAA and a .921 save percentage playing for Djurgardens.

“I think he’s interested in coming to North America. The expectation is he’ll be in Grand Rapids (next season),” Detroit general manager Ken Holland said. “He was voted the best goalie in the Swedish Elite League. I saw him play a game in late January. I like him, he’s got real good feet, good glove. He’s a good prospect.”

Larsson was selected by the Red Wings in the fourth round of the 2006 NHL entry draft.