I’ve already looked at the Red Wings’ jersey number changes this season but now that the Griffins have released their camp roster, I can do the same for them.
None of last-season’s full-time Griffins are changing their numbers for the coming year but all of the players who joined the team late in the season have been assigned different numbers than those they wore during Grand Rapids’ Calder Cup run.
Defenseman Ryan Sproul gives up the #2 he had been wearing (having inherited it from Cody Lampl and Carlo Colaiacovo) to Joe Hartman, switching to the #7 vacated by Brendan Smith‘s ascension to the Detroit roster full-time. Fellow blueliner Xavier Ouellet switches from #37 to #16 while Richard Nedomlel goes from #41 to #45, a rare case of a Griffin wearing a high number.
With Ouellet taking #16, Marek Tvrdon drops to the #13 previously assigned to Gustav Nyquist, who seems poised to make the jump to the Red Wings.
Teemu Pulkkinen switches from #26 to the #6 that was briefly assigned to Andreas Athanasiou, with #26 going to free-agent signing David McIntyre. Calle Jarnkrok drops from the #25 he shared with Mike Knuble last year (and was originally assigned to Damien Brunner) to the #12 vacated by Brent Raedeke‘s departure. Kevin Lynch picks up the #25 from Jarnkrok.
Newcomer Alden Hirschfeld takes Francis Pare‘s old #9. Similarly, Martin Frk picks up Tomas Tatar‘s #27, Dane Walters gets Brian Lashoff‘s #32, Travis Novak will wear Jan Mursak‘s #39 and Alexey Marchenko gets the #3 that was shared by Erik Spady, Mark Mitera and Brett Skinner.
Goalie Jared Coreau gets his usual #31, meaning that he joins Landon Ferraro (#29) and Petr Mrazek (#34) as the only Griffins assigned the same number in Grand Rapids as they are in Detroit.
Joakim Andersson‘s old #18, Chad Billins‘ #14 and Danny DeKeyser‘s #55 were not assigned for camp.
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:
Of those, only Pearce and Pare had needed to clear waivers, having done so earlier in the week.
Per Petrella over at TPL, the Wings have announced sixteen cuts, bringing the number of players on their preseason roster down to 39.
Tryout goalie Ramis Sadikov was the only player cut outright has he has no pro contract. Nick Oslund is also without a deal but was invited to the Grand Rapids Griffins’ training camp with the possibility of earning an AHL job.
Louis-Marc Aubry, Mitchell Callahan, Willie Coetzee, Gleason Fournier, Jamie Johnson, Thomas McCollum, Andrej Nestrasil, Francis Pare, Trevor Parkes, Sebastien Pice and Brent Raedeke were all assigned to Grand Rapids. Greg Amadio, Adam Estoclet and Bryan Rufenach were also sent to Grand Rapids but they were bound for the Griffins anyway, as they are on AHL-only deals.
Aside from Sadikov, all of the cut players will appear in tonight’s Red & White game in Grand Rapids.
The Red Wings announced the rosters for their Red & White game in Grand Rapids on Tuesday.
The White Team, featuring Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk clearly has the star power but the Red Team seems to have more depth, not that it matters much in an intra-squad scrimmage.
Ansar Khan points out that a number of players are sitting out the match, which has me disappointed. Khan’s list is as follows: Darren Helm, Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller, Fabian Brunnstrom, Ryan Johnson, Jonathan Ericsson, Mike Commodore, Brendan Smith, Jakub Kindl, Doug Janik, Joey MacDonald.
For a game that has been billed as a chance for West Michigan fans to see the Red Wings close to home, it’s odd to me that so many of those Wings are sitting in place of players the fans in GR will see all season.
Per Ansar Khan, the Red Wings have revealed their rosters for the first two games of the 2011 exhibition season.
The Red Wings will visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night with the following lines:
Jiri Hudler – Pavel Datsyuk – Danny Cleary
Fabian Brunnstrom – Cory Emmerton – Patrick Eaves
Drew Miller – Ryan Johnson – Jan Mursak
Tomas Tatar – Chris Conner – Tomas Holmstrom
Niklas Kronwall – Brad Stuart
Brendan Smith – Mike Commodore
Garnet Exelby – Logan Pyett
On Thursday Detroit will be in London, Ontario, to play the Philadelphia Flyers. Their lineup for that game will be as follows:
Valtteri Filppula – Henrik Zetterberg – Johan Franzen
Justin Abdelkader – Darren Helm – Todd Bertuzzi
Gustav Nyquist – Joakim Andersson – Willie Coetzee
Tomas Jurco – Brent Raedeke – Francis Pare
Nicklas Lidstrom – Ian White
Jonathan Ericsson – Jakub Kindl
Brian Lashoff – Doug Janik
No lineup has been announced for the Wings’ preseason home opener on Friday, where Detroit will host the Flyers.
The Detroit Red Wings finished off their North American exhibition schedule Sunday night with a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in a game that saw both teams rest many of their star players.
Detroit was without Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Chris Osgood, Dan Cleary, Valtteri Filppula, Brad Stuart, Todd Bertuzzi and Niklas Kronwall. Pittsburgh sat Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar.
Pascal Dupuis scored the lone goal for the Penguins while Johan Franzen, Pavel Datsyuk, Jason Williams and Ville Leino all scored for Detroit. Jimmy Howard stopped 25 shots on the night, including a Jordan Staal penalty shot.
After the game the Red Wings made their final preseason roster cuts. Johan Ryno, Mattias Ritola, Andy Delmore, Francis Pare, Logan Pyett, Jakub Kindl and Evan McGrath were all assigned to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Brad May was released from his pro tryout but he is expected to join the Griffins. Earlier in the day the Wings had assigned Jeremy Williams, Doug Janik, Thomas McCollum, Kris Newbery and Jan Mursak to the Griffins.
The Red Wings now head to Sweden, where they will open up the regular season with a pair of games against the St. Louis Blues at Stockholm’s Globe Arena.
On Wednesday Detroit will play their final exhibition game of the season in Karlstad against Farjestads BK.
The Red Wings appear to be giving Justin Abdelkader every chance to impress them this preseason. The lineup for tonight’s matchup with the Buffalo Sabres reveals he will be making his third appearance in as many games for Detroit.
Abdelkader has two goals and three points through the first two preseason games. He started Friday night’s game against the New York Rangers on the top line centering Todd Bertuzzi and Dan Cleary before switching placed with Valtteri Filppula to center Jason Williams and Ville Leino.
Tonight he’ll be back between Kris Draper and Patrick Eaves, as he was on Wednesday against Philadelphia.
Tonight’s expected lines are as follows:
Johan Franzen–Pavel Datsyuk–Tomas Holmstrom
Kris Draper-Justin Abdelkader-Patrick Eaves
Tomas Tatar–Kris Newbury–Francis Pare
John Vigilante–Francis Lemieux–Jeremy Williams
Nicklas Lidstrom–Jakub Kindl
Logan Pyett–Brian Rafalski
Jonathan Ericsson–Brett Lebda
Jimmy Howard will get the start in goal and is expected to play the entire game. Thomas McCollum will be the backup.
Tonight’s game is the first of the preseason to be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit.
I’ll be at the game but I’ll check into the gameday thread when I can.
Two things have come up since my look at possible Red Wing sweater numbers for the 2009-10 season on Sunday, the Wings signed Todd Bertuzzi and the team’s prospect tournamant roster was announced on Red Wings Central.
If the roster on the Red Wings’ newly-redesigned web site is to be believed, Bertuzzi will be wearing #44 for Detroit this season. He’s also listed as wearing #7 on his player profile page (which he wore last season in Calgary and is retired in Detroit) so that might not be a trustworthy source.
Should Bertuzzi indeed be wearing #44, Patrick Eaves will be searching for a new number and the #9 and #7 he’s previously worn are unavailable. Should Bertuzzi leave the #44 to Eaves, the #4 he wore in Anaheim is an option (though I personally think #4 is not a forward’s number, no matter what Jean Beliveau and Vincent Lecavalier say) as is the #27 he wore with the Vancouver Canucks while Dave Babych had #44.
At the prospect tournament three players will be wearing new numbers for the Red Wings.
Francis Pare will be switching from the #57 he wore when he was invited as a Grand Rapids Griffin last season to #59. Travis Erhardt moves from the #63 he wore as a free-agent try out last fall to #45. Brian Lashoff, who was also a free-agent last year, moves from #65 to #49.
Of course the number a player wears as a prospect isn’t always tied to what they’ll wear should they make the big club. Tomas Kopecky wore #27, #44 and #32 before finally breaking into the league wearing #28 (and switching to #82 for his sophomore season).