With their training camp complete, the Grand Rapids Griffins have once again reassigned a handful of player jersey numbers.
The team originally shuffled things around when camp began. Included in those changes was Marek Tvrdon losing his #16 to Xavier Ouellet and taking the #13 that had belong to Gustav Nyquist. With Nyquist back in Grand Rapids, he reclaims #13 and Tvrdon takes #39, worn last season by Jan Mursak and assigned to Travis Novak in camp.
Coincidentally, Nyquist originally claimed #13 from Mursak, who took the #39 he was assigned in Detroit when he returned to the Griffins alongside Nyquist last season.
Richard Nedomlel switches from #45 to #42, after having been assigned #41 at the end of last season.
The only other switch is that Nick Jensen, who did not skate at camp while injured, drops from the #48 he was assigned during the Griffins’ Calder Cup run to the #14 vacated by Chad Billins‘ departure for the Calgary Flames’ system.
One curiosity is that Kevin Lynch is no longer listed on the Griffins’ web site. Lynch was assigned #25, the number worn in Detroit by Cory Emmerton, who cleared waivers on Monday and was expected to be assigned to Grand Rapids. Emmerton’s old #8 is worn by Willie Coetzee, so it could be that Lynch was set to change to accommodate Emmerton. Alternately, Lynch could have been assigned to the Toledo Walleye and it hasn’t been announced yet.
One day after sending seventeen players to the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Detroit Red Wings assigned eight more to their American Hockey League affiliate.
Forwards Riley Sheahan, Triston Grant, Landon Ferraro, Louis-Marc Aubry and Luke Glendening were sent down as the Griffins begin their training camp in Grand Rapids. They’re joined by defensemen Nathan Paetsch and Alexey Marchenko and goalie Jared Coreau.
The Red Wings are now down to 30 players on their training camp roster. Expected Griffins still in Detroit are Teemu Pulkkinen, Willie Coetzee, Adam Almquist and Petr Mrazek. Pulkkinen is currently suspended and required to remain with the Red Wings but is practicing with the Griffins, Coetzee has been injured, and Mrazek is expected to fill in for injured Detroit backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson.
Detroit has three preseason games remaining. The Griffins play two preseason matches this weekend.
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.
It’s looking like some of the jersey numbers we saw at the Red Wings’ summer development camp weren’t as meaningless as was originally suggested.
Rather than wearing the #25 assigned to him last season, Brian Lashoff wore the #23 vacated by Brad Stuart. Additionally, Martin Frk wore the #48 that Cory Emmerton wore last campaign.
Today, Bill Roose Tweeted that Emmerton would be switching to #25. This means, of course, that #48 is available for Frk to keep and that Lashoff’s switch would be required.
Assuming the development camp numbers are all accurate, the following changes have taken place:
Louis-Marc Aubry – from #53 to #32
Mitch Callahan – from #65 to #42
Willie Coetzee – from #70 to #45
Landon Ferraro – from #57 to #41
Gleason Fournier – from #67 to #46
Richard Nedomlel – from #73 to #3
Xavier Ouellet – from #61 to #54
Alan Quine – from #74 to #59
Marek Tvrdon – from #71 to #60
Additionally, Trevor Parkes switched from #60 to #37, which is now taken by Mikael Samuelsson. Ryan Sproul went from #62 to #22, which now belongs to Jordin Tootoo.
If the Red Wings have a training camp this season, we’ll see if any of the development camp numbers stick around.
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.