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Friday, January 30, 2009

Abdelkader up, Downey down

Forward Justin Abdelkader has been called up from Grand Rapids and Aaron Downey has been sent back down. Here's the press release from Grand Rapids ...

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Friday recalled center Justin Abdelkader from the Grand Rapids Griffins and assigned right wing Aaron Downey to their American Hockey League affiliate.

Abdelkader is expected to see his first NHL action of the season on Saturday alongside former Griffins teammate Ville Leino, when the Red Wings visit Washington for a 12:30 p.m. start. The Muskegon, Mich., native and former Michigan State star made his NHL debut in two late-season games with Detroit last spring, before remaining with the club as a “black ace” throughout its run to the Stanley Cup.


Anonymous Garth said...

"former Griffins teammate"?

Are these somehow expected to be permanent callups?

I hope Meech plays Saturday too. A little glimpse into what the future of the Wings will look like.

January 30, 2009 at 4:51 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Send Kronwall down. He's been the biggest disappointement this season, its about time he is humbled.

Send him to GR, let him work on his game. I'm sick of him turning the puck over for quality scoring chances 5 times a game. It's annoying and it's costing us.

Also, trying to make hits and missing, or just not hitting in some instances at all has become the norm for him this season.

Send him down, bring up Ericsson or put in Meech, or play Chelios more, but Kronwall needs a dose of reality.

February 2, 2009 at 9:05 AM 

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