Red Wings Re-Sign Miele, McCollum

Just before free agency opened across the National Hockey League, the Detroit Red Wings locked up two pieces of their American Hockey League affiliate’s run to the Western Conference Finals.

Forward Andy Miele signed a one-year, one way deal with Detroit while goalie Tom McCollum also signed a one-year deal.

Miele, of Grosse Pointe Woods, led the Griffins in scoring during the 2014-15 season, his first with the team. His 26 goals and 44 assists for 70 points in 71 games were second-best in the AHL.

In 280 career AHL games, mostly with the Portland Pirates, Miele has 88 goals and 161 assists for 249 points. He has two assists in 15 career NHL games, all with the Phoenix Coyotes.

McCollum, 25, went 19-11-7 for the Griffins and helped carry the team after previous starting goalie Petr Mrazek was called up to the Red Wings. Originally drafted by Detroit 30th overall in 2008, McCollum earned his first NHL win in relief of Mrazek against Buffalo on January 18.

In 196 career AHL games, McCollum is 88-78-17.

The Griffins did lose one veteran on Wednesday as Kevin Porter signed a two-way deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Red Wings Place Ferraro, Callahan, Porter on Waivers

The Detroit Red Wings placed three forwards on waivers on Sunday.

Landon Ferraro, Mitch Callahan, and Kevin Porter will all be available to be claimed by the rest of the league until noon on Monday. If they are not claimed, the trio are expected to be assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Ferraro and Callahan have spent most of their professional careers with the Griffins, earning brief call-ups to the Red Wings last season. Porter was signed by Detroit to a two-way deal over the summer.

Ferraro, 23 and the son of former NHLer Ray, was held pointless in four career NHL games. In 200 AHL games he has 48 goals and 50 assists for 98 points, along with a -3 rating and 143 penalty minutes.

Callahan, also 23, was held off the scoresheet in his lone NHL appearance. In 189 games with the Griffins he has 43 goals and 30 assists for 73 points, a +17 rating, and 247 penalty minutes. His 26 goals in the 2013-14 campaign were good for second on the team.

Porter, 28, has played six NHL seasons split between the Phoenix Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, and Buffalo Sabres. In 206 career games he has 29 goals and 26 assists for 55 points. He had 19 goals and 17 assists last season for the AHL’s Rochester Americans, where he played 50 games.

Notably not waived on Sunday was Andrej Nestrasil, who will require waivers to return to the Griffins this season.

Final rosters for the start of the NHL season must be set by Tuesday at 5:00 PM. Any players who need to clear waivers will need to be waived by noon on Monday.

Red Wings Sign Minor-Leaguer Porter

After seemingly striking out in attempting to fill their gap on defense, the Detroit Red Wings signed forward Kevin Porter to a one-year, two-way deal on Tuesday.

Porter, 28, hails from Northville and played for both the Ann Arbor-based US National Team Development Program and the University of Michigan. He captained the Wolverines in his senior year before moving on to the Phoenix Coyotes’ organization.

Porter split last season between the Buffalo Sabres and their farm team, the Rochester Americans. He had an assist in twelve games for the Sabres, adding 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points in 50 games for the Americans.

He is expected to spend the season with the Grand Rapids Griffins, making up for their loss of Cory Emmerton to a European contract.

Red Wings Unable to Overcome Early Deficit, Fall to Avalanche, 5-4

The Detroit Red Wings allowed four goals in the first fifteen minutes Monday night and never recovered, losing to the Colorado Avalanche, 5-2, despite a late rally.

The Avalanche got on the board 5:58 into the first, when Paul Stastny pounced on the loose puck when Niklas Kronwall turned it over at the top of the crease. Before Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard knew what had happened, Stastny put the puck around him and into the net.

Jan Mursak scored his first career goal to tie things back up just 54 seconds later, sliding the rebound of a Drew Miller shot past Colorado netminder Peter Budaj.

At 8:32, Matt Duchene scored the first of his two goals, beating Howard between the pads on a rush.

Kevin Porter put the Avs up by a pair with 7:32 left in the period, snapping a shot past Howard from the inside edge of the right faceoff circle.

Duchene’s second of the night made it 4-1 with 5:45 remaining in the first, working the give-and-go on a two-on-one with Tomas Fleischmann and putting the puck into the open side of the net.

Howard was replaced by Joey MacDonald after the fourth Colorado goal.

Brian Rafalski cut the Avalanche lead to two goals with two minutes remaining in the period, snapping a shot from the high slot past Budaj.

David Jones restored the three goal lead at 6:51 of the second, beating the sprawling MacDonald with a backhander on a rush with Duchene after Kris Draper‘s chance missed the net and bounced out of the zone at the other end.

Henrik Zetterberg banged home a rebound chance on a Detroit power play with 4:30 left in the middle period to once again pull the Red Wings to within a pair.

At 9:45 of the third, Tomas Holmstrom tipped a Zetterberg shot past Budaj for the Red Wings’ second power play goal of the night, drawing them to within a goal.

Detroit would be unable to pull even as Colorado held on for the win.

The Red Wings finished the night with two goals on three power play chances while the Avalanche were scoreless in five tries with the extra attacker.

MacDonald stopped 15 of the 16 shots he faced but picked up the loss. Howard made six stops on ten shots while Budaj stopped 26 of 30 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings will return home before visiting Columbus on Friday for the last of five consecutive road games.

Valtteri Filppula returned to the Detroit lineup after missing two games with a groin injury. Tomas Tatar was returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins with Filppula’s return… Goalie Chris Osgood will miss six-to-eight weeks recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia.

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