Cleary Out, Mursak In

Checking in briefly with mention of the Cleary injury: another broken bone, another 4+ weeks without an important forward. That really sucks, especially given how strong a season Cleary’s had. The Wings’ll miss his offense (still leads the team in goals) and hustle. It just became even more important that guys like Zetterberg, Franzen, Filppula, Hudler and Bertuzzi step it up in this mid-season grind.

And everybody strap on those skate fenders, please.

Mursak’s the Wings’ choice of call-up for this situation, which is somewhat surprising given how strong a season Ilari Filppula’s been having. Megan tells me he’s very fast and strong on the backcheck, but more of a finisher than a playmaker. He should be able to bring those things to the ice even in the limited role he’s sure to have.

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Comments

  1. sprout says:

    I'm a bit late on the comment here, but it didn't surprise me that they called Mursak instead of Illari. The Wings seem to like players to play a full season at the Griffins if it can be done rather than calling them up in the middle of it. I can think of a few reasons why they'd do that (not that I necessarily agree), let them get used to playing in the US/AHL before stepping it up, see if their play is consistent or not before calling them up.

    That's about all I can think of 🙂

  2. Crater from SoCal says:

    I hope they rotate I. Flip and Tatar to see what they have at this level, but I knew they'd go Mursak since he's further along in his development and will need to come up sooner than the others if we hope to keep him in the system.

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