Downey back, Leino called up
After spending last season with the Red Wings, Downey has played all of this season in Grand Rapids. Coach Mike Babcock foreshadowed the move yesterday, talking about how Downey would "keep the flies off" in the short-term, keeping teams from trying to intimidate the Red Wings' skill players.
Downey, 34, has six points and 71 penalty minutes in 44 games with the Griffins. He appeared in 56 games with the Red Wings last winter.
Leino signed with the Wings this past summer after starring in the Finnish Elite League. he has spent all season in Grand Rapids before his call-up.
Leino, 25, is second on the Griffins with 37 points in 44 games.