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Hussey and Howard sent down

Update (5:15 PM): Ansar Khan confirms that we can expect Mikael Samuelsson and Dominik Hasek back Friday night. - Matt

According to the AHL transaction wire, Matt Hussey and Jimmy Howard have been returned to Grand Rapids. So, it looks like Mikael Samuelsson will be ready for Friday, and Dominik Hasek will at least back up Chris Osgood.

To send down Hussey rather than Darryl Bootland, the team must have been really impressed with Darryl’s effort last night. Good to see that he’ll get another game in. Bootland, by the way, had 9:15 in ice time last night, which was almost three and a half minutes more than Matt Ellis, Josh Langfeld, and Matt Hussey had combined (2:32+2:08+1:09=5:49, via the NHL’s Official Super Stats).

Hussey was originally called up after Henrik Zetterberg went down with his back injury. If the Wings were sending down the player that was covering for Samuelsson, Josh Langfeld would be driving across the state on I-96 today. They can’t send Langfeld down, however, because he wasn’t on the Griffins’ clear day roster and cannot play for them again this season.

Griffins Reveal Clear Day Roster – Featuring Filppula

The Griffins clear day roster was released yesterday – the AHL requires that all teams submit a list of 22 players at the deadline (March 1). These are the only players eligible to play in the remaining games of the season and in the playoffs. Players may be added only in case of injury. The only exception is that college and junior players may be added when their respective seasons end.

I was surprised to find upon reading the list that Valtteri Filppula was on it and Josh Langfeld was not. Surely the Griffins aren’t expecting Detroit to send the promising young Filppula down anytime soon. I mean, he’s playing on the top line right now – filling in for Henrik Zetterberg. He’s clearly made an impression on both Babcock and the Wings Organization, so I don’t see them being too eager to demote him. We should have enough roster space to keep him once the team gets healthy – as long as Tomas Kopecky doesn’t return this season, which, Ansar Khan points out, seems unlikely:

Doctors told him he could be ready to play by April. The team will decide in the next few weeks whether it’s worth the risk of having him play this season. It doesn’t sound like he will play. (via Mlive)

So why bother putting Fil on the Clear Day Roster? According to Joe Conklin of the Grand Rapids Press:

The Wings expect a long playoff run, but they want to keep their options open if there’s an early exit. Filppula isn’t subject to waivers, and he’d come back to Grand Rapids the same way Brett Lebda did last year. It also appears Langfeld is with the Wings for the long run.

I suppose that makes sense, especially considering the fact that Langfeld is considered a veteran (played more than 260 games as of the beginning of the season) by the AHL and would put Grand Rapids over the limit of 5 veterans per team. They’re not necessarily expecting to get Filppula back, but he’s on there just in case.

Khan: Samuelsson has setback

According to Ansar, Mikael Samuelsson worked himself into another couple weeks of recuperation time after hearing a pop during practice Monday morning. That’s good news for Josh Langfeld, who’ll get more time at the NHL level (unless the Wings bring someone else up and send him back down), but bad news for the Wings, who could use Samuelsson back in the lineup.

Also, Dominik Hasek will be in net tomorrow night against Phoenix, but Joey MacDonald will start Thursday in St. Louis. Another instance of Babcock starting Dom against the lesser team while the backup gets the nod against the tougher team (which the Blues, as a team fighting for a playoff spot, are).

1/25 Injury Update

Via Ansar Khan:

… Mikael Samuelsson’s right foot was broken Saturday night in Denver when he blocked a shot during the third period (I assume, based on the shift chart). It’s the first I’ve heard of it and apparently, the Wings themselves didn’t know until he had an X-ray taken today. The Wings will be without Mikael’s services for at least two weeks, Khan says, but have called up Josh Langfeld to fill in for now. It can’t be a very serious break if it took them this long to find out there was one and if the recovery time is so short.

… It looks like the inflammation and pain in Henrik Zetterberg’s wrist has subsided enough for him to forego another cortisone shot. The rest has done him a lot of good, apparently, and that’s great news for the Wings.

… Mathieu Schneider practiced today but will miss at least two more games. That puts his return at Tuesday night in Long Island, at the earliest. The Wings could use him back, but it won’t do them any good to rush it so I’m glad they’re taking their time.

… Neither Robert Lang nor Kris Draper practiced today due to the flu and Khan suggests that the Wings may call someone else up to cover for them in the game tomorrow night. I’ll keep an eye on the AHL transaction page in case they do.

… Lastly, as reported earlier this week, Niklas Kronwall will play tomorrow night, but will have a cage protecting his face, and could wear it as long as 2 months. He has a whopping 25 stiches in the cut across his nose from Marek Svatos’ skate and may want to consider wearing the visor a little lower once he drops the cage.