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Will Detroit Sink or Swim in Lockout Shortened Season?

With the NHL lockout over, NHL players that were playing overseas are flooding back to North America in anticipation of NHL training camp starting in a few days. That includes a few Detroit Red Wings players.

Henrik Zetterberg, Valterri Filppula, Pavel Datsyuk, Drew Miller, Jan Mursak, Damien Brunner, Jakub Kindl and Cory Emmerton were some of the Detroit players that played in Europe while the lockout was in progress, and almost all of them have returned to Detroit.

Datsyuk is staying in the KHL until he and his agent know when training camp is starting, and the status of Damien Brunner is unknown. He is currently playing for Zug in the Swiss league, but will likely end up in training camp in Detroit.

Gill Out, Black Aces Recalled

Hal Gill will be out of the Nashville Predators lineup for Game Four, still battling a lower body injury. The hulking 6 foot 7 Gill would give the Wings fits, blocking even MORE shots than they already have throughout the series.

The Red Wings have also toyed with moving Dan Cleary up to the top line, for what reason? I don't know. Cleary is a third line player at best. He doesn't score and isn't a setup man, so having him up on the top line while Gustav Nyquist rots with Cory Emmerton and Tomas Holmstrom makes no sense to me. Speaking of rookies, elevel Grand Rapids Griffins were called up to be Black Aces for the playoffs.

Griffins Update 01/17/12

The Grand Rapids Griffins played a two game road series in Abbotsford on Friday and Saturday, sweeping the Heat in both games by scores of 4-3 and 2-1 in overtime.

In game one, Tomas Tatar, Francis Pare, Brian Lashoff and Landon Ferraro scored for the Griffins and Joey MacDonald stopped 27 shots for the win.

Garnert Exelby scored in regulation and Lashoff won the game in overtime in the second game of the series. Thomas McCollum stopped 32 shots in the win.

The Griffins returned home to face the Houston Aeros a few nights later. Chris Conner and Ferraro lit the lamp but the Griffs ultimately fell 3-2 in a shootout. MacDonald was in net for the loss.

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Brunnstrom Signs, Cuts *UPDATED*

The Detroit Red Wings announced today that eight players have been reassigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins: forwards Joakim Andersson, Landon Ferraro, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Brent Raedeke; defensemen Travis Ehrhardt and Brian Lashoff; and goaltender Jordan Pearce.

In addition, assistant general manager Jim Nill said forward Chris Conner, defensemen Garnet Exelby and Doug Janik and goalie Joey MacDonald will go on waivers Monday. 

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