Wings send rookie Hronek to Griffins
Coach Jeff Blashill said the team wants Filip Hronek, above, to work on his penalty-killing skills.
The Red Wings assigned rookie defenseman Filip Hronek to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.
Coach Jeff Blashill said the organization wants Hronek, 20, to work on his penalty-killing skills.
"I like Fil, I think he's got a real bright future," Blashill told www.mlive.com. "He needs to make sure he's playing in the situations, both power play and I'm hoping he gets penalty kill time, so he can bring different things to the table. He didn't kill many penalties last year, so we're hoping that's another asset he can bring."
Hronek, a healthy scratch the past three games, had one goal and two assists, along with a team-leading 18 penalty minutes, in six games.
Green could play Friday
Blashill said defenseman Mike Green (virus) might make his season debut Friday against the Winnipeg Jets.
Green has been out since training camp with a virus that was attacking his liver. He has been practicing with the team for several days. The hard skate Tuesday, following the team's poor performance in Monday's 3-1 loss to Carolina, was a good test.
"I kind of needed to see where I'm at and that was a good way," Green said. "I've been skating the past week, week and a half, and we've been slowly ramping it up. I didn't really completely rest. We kind of found a balance. I feel good."
Defenseman Danny DeKeyser, out with a hand injury, might be ready Sunday versus the Dallas Stars.
"They're real good defensemen in this league, top four on most teams, and we'd like to have them back," Blashill said.
Larkin teams up with ‘Terrible Ted’
The Ted Lindsay Foundation announced on Tuesday that Dylan Larkin has joined the organization as a board member and spokesman.
“It is my privilege to join Mr. Lindsay and his foundation to help fight autism,” Larkin said in a statement. “I look forward to working with them to help find a cause and to assist children with autism and their families.”
Larkin, in his fourth season, was named alternate captain of the Red Wings for home games before the season.
“Dylan Larkin is a tremendous addition to our foundation,” Lindsay said. “At just 22-years-old, he has already shown the drive and determination to make a difference, both on and off the ice. I’m honored to have him on my team. Dylan will be an important part of the Ted Lindsay Foundation for years to come.”
Tournament to honor Kraemer
Ray Kraemer served adult hockey players for many years as the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association’s Vice President- Seniors.
Kraemer, who died in November 2016 at the age of 71, is being honored with the first annual Ray Kraemer Memorial Tournament for adults, Nov. 9-11 at Fraser Hockeyland.