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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.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Downey back, Leino called up

Aaron Downey and Ville Leino are on the ice for the morning skate. Both have been recalled from Grand Rapids and Brad Stuart has been put on long-term injured reserve. Stuart will miss at least 10 games on IR.

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.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Chris Y said...

It's about time. The Wings need a regular enforcer and I think Downey is better then McCarty. I don't think this will last long though. Enough for Downey to get a NHL paycheck but he will be back in Grand Rapids soon enough.

January 29, 2009 at 3:43 PM 

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