Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman Brendan Smith will have a chance to prove his worth after being called up for the Red Wings following the trade of Mike Commodore Monday. Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images
Mike Commodore’s trade-deadline departure will make room for rookie-defenseman Brendan Smith on the Detroit Red Wing depth chart.
Commodore was sent to the Tampa Bay Lightning Monday for a 2013 7th-round draft pick. He recorded two points in his 17 appearances with the Wings.
“I played 17 games, was a healthy scratch for 30 games, that’s not going to cut it,” Commodore said. “It would have been nice to see this thing through here. It’s a good team here, they got as good a chance to win as anybody else, but this is probably better for me. I get an opportunity. I never really got an opportunity here.”
With Jonathan Ericsson benched for a month with a wrist injury and defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Kyle Quincey suffering day-to-day injuries, Smith will get a chance to prove his worth.
The rookie recorded 10 goals and 22 assists in his 47 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins this season. Earlier in the season he appeared in three games in a Red Wings uniform, tallying three assists.
“I was in Grand Rapids a couple of times this week,” Holland said in a Freep story. “Brendan Smith was on the all-rookie team last year in the American league. He’s got 10 goals. Obviously a tremendous college career.”
Well where to begin? It was a good week for Michigan State basketball.
The now No. 5 Michigan State Spartans clobbered the undermanned Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday 62-34. Michigan State’s defense continues to dominate the opposition. The 34 points allowed is the fewest since Michigan State played Brown University when it opened up the 2006-2007 season. It was the least amount of points allowed in Big Ten play for the Spartans since the 1999-2000 championship season against when MSU played Northwestern. Finally for Nebraska, it was the lowest scoring effort since the shot clock was invented.
Senior forward Draymond Green joined an elite group of Spartans when he grabbed his 1,000 rebound of his career. Green joins Antonio Smith, Johnny Green, and Greg Kelser in the 1,000 rebound club, and has let Kelser know he is coming after his record of 1,092 rebounds.
Center Pavel Datsyuk leads the Red Wings with 59 points this season. Photo Credit: AP
The Red Wings will be without their leading scorer for a while.
Center Pavel Datsyuk underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday morning and Coach Mike Babcock said he expects he will be out two weeks.
“He had a fragment in his knee, an old thing that we wanted to clean up here, prior to playoff time,” Babcock said.
The center has recorded 59 points in as many games this season.
He is expected to be replaced by Dan Cleary Tuesday, who has been sidelined almost two weeks with a knee injury.
Defenseman Kyle Quincey returns to Detroit, where he made his NHL debut.
Kyle Quincey didn’t have much time to celebrate landing a spot on the Tampa Bay Lightning roster before being acquired by the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday.
The former Avalanche defenseman has appeared in 54 games this season, recording five goals and 18 assists.
Quincey, 26, is an Ontario native who originally entered the NHL as Red Wing in 2005.
After being drafted 132nd overall, he appeared in 13 games over three seasons before moving to Los Angeles.
The defenseman posted a career-high 38 points as a King during the 2008-09 season.
Columbus, Ohio native Trey Burke (left) and sophomore Tim Hardaway Jr. (right) hug after beating Ohio State. Photo Credit: Melaine Maxwell / Ann Arbor.com
After beating rival No. 8 Ohio State Saturday night the No. 13 rated Michigan basketball team is feeling pretty good.
The Wolverines are currently third in the Big Ten and has their best rank nationally since 1997.
That is all fine and great but it won’t mean a thing if they can’t finish out the Big Ten schedule.
Yes, it has the easier road to finish out the season in comparison to No. 6 Michigan State and the Buckeyes, but the Big Ten this season is one of, if not, the best conference and Michigan has to hit the road for three of the last four games.
Starting Tuesday the Wolverines head to Welsh-Ryan Arena to face a desperate Northwestern team who is ridding the bubble for a tournament bid and a win Tuesday could secure that bid. Continue reading
Ty Conklin congratulates Joey MacDonald following a recent Red Wing victory. Photo Credit: Gregory Shamus / Getty Images
Backup goaltenders in the NHL hold a special responsibility, called on when the starter begins to slip, needs a break or falls to injury.
The Detroit Red Wings found themselves relying on Ty Conklin after losing all-star Jimmy Howard for the last six games with a broken finger.
Conklin has slipped to 3-5, with a 3.40 goals against average this season and was recently waived by Detroit.
He last appeared in the 5-4 overtime loss to Edmonton on Feb. 4 when he was replaced by third-string netminder Joey MacDonald.
Despite dropping the game to Edmonton, MacDonald has led the team to six straight wins, building up a 6-1-1 record in the month of February.
MacDonald holds a 1.66 goals against average, solidifying his position as No. 2 netminder.
Just like in the movie “300” these Spartans banded together to make a stronger team. This was one of the most complete team performances this year from No. 7 Michigan State (22-5, 10-3) and Tom Izzo. Continue reading
When No. 7 Michigan State hosted No. 15 Wisconsin last night, the announcers seemed to spend the whole game yelling “And one!”
At one point, Michigan State had four straight possessions that resulted in and-ones. By dominating Wisconsin throughout on their way to a 69-55 win, Michigan State demonstrated that they are just plain good and the shoe company And1 is yet again irrelevant. Continue reading
Trey Burke (left) and John Beilein during a game this season in Crisler Arena. Photo credit: AP Photo
It seems like a faint memory of a time when Michigan basketball fans got excited their team finally made the tournament.
It seems like forever ago Tommy Amacker was leading the Wolverines to a NIT bid and fans got excited. Continue reading