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Up-to-the minute updates and insights from the Red Wings locker room at home and on the road. By Chuck Pleiness of The Macomb Daily.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Wings Sign Grigorenko

Igor Grigorenko, Detroit's top draft pick in 2001 (second round, 62nd overall), signed a one-year, $858,800 contract with the Red Wings. Grigorenko, who has played his entire career is Russia, will be in training camp this fall competing for a spot on the roster. The 5-foot-10, 209-pound right wing had 14 goals and 27 points in 49 games this season with Lada Togliatti of the Russian Elite League. The contract is two-way and will pay Grigorenko $70,000 if he plays in the minor leagues.
The 24-year-old was in a major car accident, May 16, 2003, suffering a broken left femur and two fractures in his left tibia. It was while in the hospital for those injuries that Grigorenko had a life-threatening embolism in his lung, from which he eventually recovered.


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