Three days until the ball drops on the 2010-11 season and preparations are in full swing at Van Andel Arena. The ice is being installed, player photos were taken today, Chris Chelios is in town to work with the Griffins’ defensive corps, and Grand Rapids’ roster has shifted into fine-tuning mode.
All hands are now on deck, with the possible exceptions of Kirk Maltby and Derek Meech, who were waived today to get Detroit’s roster down to 23 players prior to Wednesday’s NHL roster deadline. We’ll know at this time tomorrow if either the four-time Stanley Cup champion or the 2007 AHL All-Star will join the Griffins prior to Friday’s opener against Abbotsford. Steve Yzerman claimed Mattias Ritola off waivers earlier today, so who knows if the Hockeytown legend has another move in mind.
Today’s Griffins links:
- Video: Griffins ready (Fox 17)
- Janik and MacDonald return to Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids Griffins)
- Annual dog walk-a-thon set for Oct. 11 (Grand Rapids Griffins)
- Red Wings assign goalie Joey MacDonald, Doug Janik to Griffins (MLive)
- Red Wings place Kirk Maltby, Derek Meech on waivers (MLive)
- Tampa Bay claims Mattias Ritola off waivers from Red Wings (MLive)
- Red Wings waive Kirk Maltby, Derek Meech and lose Mattias Ritola to Lightning (Detroit Free Press)
- Wings put Kirk Maltby, Derek Meech on waivers; Lightning claim Mattias Ritola (Detroit News)
Alumni news and notes:
- Red Wings have big plans for Jonathan Ericsson despite his preseason struggles (MLive)
- Sharks cut Andreas Lilja, former Red Wings defenseman still seeking a contract (MLive)
- Sharks release veteran Lilja from tryout contract (NHL)
- NHL veteran Michael Nylander eager to play for Rochester Amerks (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)