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The Detroit Shuffle

Detroit Red WingsSo whilst the Olympics are on, it gives many teams a chance to take stock of their rosters and injuries, and figure out how they want their players shaping up for the final few months of the season.

Andreas Lilja has been on long term IR since a massive concussion in February 09, caused by a fight with Shea Weber. He has since struggled with physical exertion causing him massive headaches and affecting his vision. However, after a successful conditioning stint with Detroit affiliate, Grand Rapids Griffins, the Swede is ready to return to the NHL. However, the Wings are almost at their cap, and Lilja’s $1.2 salary is going to take some clearance. So, here’s how the Wings have sorted it out.

Maltby – About to undergo shoulder surgery. Long Term Injured Reserve
May – Assigned to Grand Rapids Griffins (cleared waivers)

Now, since Maltby is our best pest, chirping and annoying other teams, and May our enforcer, where does that leave the Red Wings? Maybe a bit toothless? Hey, at least our leading hitter, Abdelkader is still charging around the 4th line, and we’ve acquired in the Leino trade a new defencemen (Tollefsen) who isn’t afraid to drop the gloves.…oh wait.

Abdelkader – Assigned to Grand Rapids Griffins
Tollefsen – Assigned to Grand Rapids Griffins

So less of a case of all bark and no bite, but more of a case of no barking at all, not even a whimper. We’ve not had a fully fledged frightening enforcer since Darren McCarty, and Brad May was the closest thing we had. We need at least one or two guys that can dish out retribution for dirty hits, persistent roughing, or ‘accidental’ slashing of star players.

And then the Red Wings franchise wonders why all our players are injured…

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