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Sixteen cut, 39 players remain


On Tuesday morning, the Detroit Red Wings cut sixteen players from their training camp roster — either assigning the players to the Grand Rapids Griffins, or releasing them outright.

Louis-Marc Aubry, Mitchell Callahan, Willie Coetzee, Gleason Fournier, Jamie Johnson (who was on waivers yesterday), Thomas McCollum, Andrej Nestrasil, Francis Pare, Trevor Parkes, Sebastien Piche, and Brent Raedeke were assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins — the AHL affiliate of the Red Wings.

Greg Amadio, Adam Estoclet, and Bryan Rufenach were also assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins. The three men are on AHL-only contracts, meaning they are not able to be called up to the Red Wings.

Nick Oslund, a former Red Wings draft pick like Rufenach, was also assigned to the Griffins. He is not under contract to either club, but will attend Griffins training camp and compete for a spot on the AHL team’s roster.

Goaltending tryout Ramis Sadikov was given his outright release and is free to sign with any club he wishes.

The following players remain in camp and in the fight for a Red Wings roster spot. The club may carry 23 players, but there may be 24 spots available since Jan Mursak is slated to miss three months with a fractured left ankle.

29 Ty Conklin (one-way)
31 Joey MacDonald
35 Jimmy Howard (one-way)
36 Jordan Pearce

2 Brendan Smith
3 Garnet Exelby
4 Jakub Kindl (one-way)
5 Nicklas Lidstrom (one-way)
18 Ian White (one-way)
22 Mike Commodore (one-way)
23 Brad Stuart (one-way)
25 Brian Lashoff
27 Travis Ehrhardt
32 Logan Pyett
37 Doug Janik (one-way)
52 Jonathan Ericsson (one-way)
55 Niklas Kronwall (one-way)

8 Justin Abdelkader (one-way)
11 Dan Cleary (one-way)
13/24 Pavel Datsyuk (one-way)
14 Gustav Nyquist
15 Fabian Brunnstrom (TRYOUT)
17 Patrick Eaves (one-way)
20 Drew Miller (one-way)
21 Tomas Tatar
26 Jiri Hudler (one-way)
39 Jan Mursak (one-way, injured)
40 Henrik Zetterberg (one-way)
41 Chris Conner
42 Ryan Johnson (TRYOUT)
43 Darren Helm (one-way)
44 Todd Bertuzzi (one-way)
45 Chris Minard
48 Cory Emmerton
51 Valtteri Filppula (one-way)
57 Landon Ferraro
63 Joakim Andersson
93 Johan Franzen (one-way)
96 Tomas Holmstrom (one-way)

3 thoughts on “Sixteen cut, 39 players remain”

  1. Quick question. I thought Emmerton had to play with the big club this year or be waived to play with the Griffins. Does he still have another year of an amateur contract?

    1. Emmerton will have to be waived to be sent to Grand Rapids. IF he clears (which, as we learned with Ritola last season, isn’t a guarantee), he’ll be paid a different amount in the AHL than if he had stayed in the NHL. Thus, he’s on a two-way contract.

      One- and two-way contracts don’t necessarily preclude waiver eligibility. You’re right — he has to make the Red Wings or be subjected to the waiver wire… even though he’s on a two-way deal.

      1. Gotcha, thanks. I forgot about the different pay aspect of the two-way contracts. 

        I remember with McCarty how he had to be waived numerous times when he had a two-way contract with the team. I just wasn’t sure if that was a difference in veteran player versus prospect.  

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