From Bleacher Report today:
It was reported today by Pierre LeBrun of ESPN/TSN that the Red Wings have placed defenseman Brian Lashoff on waivers:
B/R’s Kyle WiiM says:
It’s been a long time coming for a move like this, probably something that should have happened back in October, with Xavier Ouellet being NHL ready. Ouellet has performed quite well in his tenure of 21 games this season. There was a lot of speculation that Jakub Kindl would bet he one to hit waivers, but I think putting Lashoff down makes more sense. Lashoff will more than likely clear, and the Red Wings won’t be stuck with Kindl’s contract at the AHL level.
You can read more about the move here.
It’s time now.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock finally listened to Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill, and Teemu Pulkkinen is on his way to Detroit from the AHL affiliate.
The 23-year-old right wing, a right-handed shot (desperately needed), has blitzed the AHL with 20 goals and 19 assists in 33 games with the Griffins this season.
This won’t be Pulkkinen’s first taste of the NHL; he played in three games for the Red Wings last season. But his call-up this time figures to be more long term.
The injury bug has hit the Red Wings, and Blashill has been telling Babcock for quite some time that Pulkkinen is ready for a more extended stay in the NHL.
Pulkkinen skated on a line with Riley Sheahan and Drew Miller today before the team flew to Washington, D.C. for Saturday’s game against the Capitals.
“He’s got an unbelievable shot,” Sheahan said of Pulkkinen. “He’s a great skater. I think just for him it’s going to be confidence and coming in here playing his game.”
Pulkkinen said it’s good to be back with the Wings.
“Just hard work,” Pulkkinen explaining the production he’s had with the Griffins. “I had a good summer. When you have confidence you score goals. You play better and better all the time.”
Pulkkinen, who just turned 23 last week, is listed at 5’11” and 185 pounds. He was the Red Wings’ fourth round pick in the 2010 Entry Draft.
Minutes ahead of today’s 3pm trade deadline, the Red Wings acquired center David Legwand from the Nashville Predators.
According to TSN’s Gord Miller via TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Red Wings are sending forward Patrick Eaves, a third-round draft pick and a prospect to be named to Nashville for Legwand, a Detroit native who’s played his entire 15-year career as a Predator. In fact, Legwand is technically an original Pred, having joined the team as an 18-year-old in Nashville’s maiden NHL season of 1998-99.
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The Red Wings were in desperate need of depth at center due to season-ending back surgery for captain Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk’s trick left knee.
Legwand, 33, is in the last year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. In 62 games this season with Nashville, Legwand had 10 goals and 30 assists. He shoots left.
The Red Wings have called up C Riley Sheahan from Grand Rapids.
Sheahan, 22, was the team’s first round draft pick in 2010 after playing one year at Notre Dame. Sheahan played two more seasons for the Fighting Irish before joining the Griffins in 2012. He has had two cups of coffee for the Red Wings and his next game for Detroit will be his third in the NHL.
Last year at Grand Rapids, Sheahan scored 16 goals in 72 games. He’s 6’2″, 212 pounds, which these days is becoming the norm, even for a center.
A correlating roster move hasn’t been announced yet for Sheahan’s call-up, but candidates to be replaced are Justin Abdelkader and Johan Franzen, who left Saturday and Sunday’s games, respectively, after hits to the head.
On the injury front, the Free Press’ Helene St. James tweeted this out re: Henrik Zetterberg:
The Red Wings have recalled forwards Luke Glendening and Patrick Eaves from Grand Rapids, and according to the Free Press’s Helene St. James’ Twitter feed, goalie Jimmy Howard will miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained knee.
Lots more injury news with the Red Wings, and none of it is good.
First, captain Henrik Zetterberg is being moved to the long-term IR list, to make room for the recall of goalie Petr Mrazek, who was called up from Grand Rapids. Mrazek takes the place of Jimmy Howard, who according to The Majors Facebook feed, has tweaked a knee. The move of Zetterberg to long-term IR means Z is not eligible to return to the Red Wings until December 28.
Second, much-ballyhooed free agent signee from last summer, Stephen Weiss, has a groin injury and the pain is so severe that he had to shut it down during practice today in St. Petersburg, FL, where the Red Wings are preparing to face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
Onward and upward.
This seems ominous.
The Red Wings say that captain Henrik Zetterberg will miss a minimum of two weeks with a herniated disc in his back.
Back problems are nothing to mess with, especially for hockey players. Just ask Mickey Redmond, whose career was ended at age 28 because of a bad back.
GM Ken Holland said Zetterberg complained about back spasms following the Red Wings’ win in Ottawa on Sunday. No word yet on how the Red Wings plan to fill Z’s roster spot.
Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo! Sports tweeted more.