Monthly Archives: February 2012

Lidstrom, Quincey out for tonight; Janik recalled; MacDonald starting in goal

Defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Kyle Quincey both won’t play tonight against the Columbus Blue Jacket.

The Wings recalled Doug Janik from Grand Rapids to replace Lidstrom in the lineup. On Monday, Brendan Smith was recalled also.

Lidstrom took a puck off his ankle on Saturday and it swelled up. X-rays showed no break.

“The puck came hard around and kind of skipped and hit me right in the ankle,” Lidstrom said Monday. “I hope the swelling goes down so I can put my skate on, that’s been the problem getting the skate on and tying my skate, so we have to wait and see how it is in the morning.”

The injury occurred in the second period and didn’t allow him to untie his skates in the locker room before the third.

This is only the second game Lidstrom has missed this season. He missed the Wings’ last game before the All-Star break on Jan. 25 with the flu and watched as they got destroyed by Montreal 7-2.

Quincey tweaked his groin in the first period Saturday against his former team.

“I actually played with a broken skate blade on my left skate, I was almost skating on one leg, which didn’t help the groin any,” Quincey said Monday. “Then it gradually got worse. I felt pretty good in the third.”

At the morning skate in Columbus, Wings coach Mike Babcock had Niklas Kronwall paired with Smith, Ian White with Janik and Jakub Kindl going with Brad Stuart.

Joey MacDonald, who is 6-1-1 this season, will also start against the Blue Jackets.

MacDonald, who has backed up Jimmy Howard the last three games, takes a six-game winning streak of his own into the contest. He has a 1.66 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.

MacDonald is 4-1-1 lifetime against Columbus and has recorded his only shutout as a member of the Wings against the Blue Jackets last season.

Janik, 31, has appeared in each of Grand Rapids’ 53 games this season, ranking second among the team’s defensemen with 25 points (7-18—25) and leading the Griffins with a plus-16 rating that places fourth among all AHL blueliners.

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Former Wings coach Todd McLellan having concussion-like symptoms

San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan is still dealing with concussion-like symptoms after getting hit in the head with a stick in Minnesota on Sunday.

Here is the statement released by the Sharks on the former Wings assistant coach.

SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson today released the following statement:

“Todd continues to make progress in his recovery from the stick incident in Minnesota on Sunday evening but is still experiencing concussion-like symptoms. Thus, he will not be behind the bench until cleared by doctors to resume his coaching duties, beginning with tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. While Todd will continue to provide his input on the team, we have full confidence in the abilities of Assistant Coaches Matt Shaw and Jay Woodcroft to lead the team in Todd’s absence.

“Our main concern at this point is for Todd’s full and complete recovery.”

The Sharks will have no further comment on this matter.

Lidstrom, Quincey day-to-day

DETROIT — Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle) and newly acquired Kyle Quincey both missed practice Monday.

Lidstrom took a puck off his ankle on Saturday and it swelled up. X-rays showed no break.

“The puck came hard around and kind of skipped and hit me right in the ankle,” Lidstrom said. “I hope the swelling goes down so I can put my skate on, that’s been the problem getting the skate on and tying my skate, so we have to wait and see how it is in the morning.”

The injury occurred in the second period and didn’t allow him to untie his skates in the locker room before the third.

“I know that I couldn’t do it because it would have swollen up right away,” Lidstrom said. “So I kept it on and waited until after the game and then it got real sore.”

Quincey tweaked his groin in the first period Saturday against his former team.

“It was the first period,” Quincey recalled. “I actually played with a broken skate blade on my left skate, I was almost skating on one leg, which didn’t help the groin any. Then it gradually got worse. I felt pretty good in the third.”

In two games with the Wings, Quincey has one goal, is a minus-1 and has four penalty minutes.

Brad Stuart dealt to New York Rangers … TOTALLY UNTRUE

DETROIT — After practice Brad Stuart had no idea there was a rumor floating around that he had been dealt to the New York Rangers.

“I’ll have to go check my phone,” Stuart said. “I really don’t know what’s going on. That’s kind of funny.

“It’s an eventful day,” Stuart added. “A lot of it is sitting around and watching nothing happen. You definitely pay attention around you unless you’re on the ice practicing. You have no control of it, you just have to wait and see what happens.”

Holland found it a bit amusing as well.

“Somebody is sitting at a computer and making up stories, playing general manager,” Holland said. “And in this world today, when you’ve got one person playing general manager, the whole world jumps on it and runs.”

Holland said six weeks ago Stuart, who’s an unrestricted free agent after this season and may not re-sign, wasn’t going anywhere.

“I haven’t talked to Glen Sather in three weeks,” Holland said. “We’ve had one brief conversation and I haven’t talked to anyone with the Rangers and my conversation with Glen had nothing to do with Brad Stuart.

“I have no idea how rumors like that starts,” Holland added. “If you’re Brad and you’re sitting there, it’s a ludicrous rumor, I don’t know how it starts, he’s got a family, but I think the players also understand it’s a different world today and rumors run rampant.”

Deadline quote of the day

DETROIT — “You sit in that room, you work the phones, all your staff is there,” Holland said. “A name comes up, a phone call comes through, you look at everybody, here’s what it’s going to be, everybody’s nodding no, no, no, it doesn’t make any sense. You pick up the phone and say it doesn’t make any sense, so you make an offer and the other guy comes back and says ‘No, no, no, we don’t like what you’re offering.’ Well, that’s all we’ve really got to offer. It is what it is. We like our team, I like our depth. So we’ll see.”

Holland: “At the end of the day there just wasn’t a fit”

DETROIT – At the end of NHL trade deadline, either the price was too high or the Wings didn’t have the young players teams were looking for in return.

Therefore, the only deal the team made before 3 p.m. Monday was shipping defenseman Mike Commodore to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a conditional seventh-round pick.

“At the end of the day there just wasn’t a fit,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “We tried to make a couple of moves. There weren’t a lot of rentals. It has a lot to do with how many teams are in the hunt for a playoff spot.”

And it wasn’t a salary cap issue this season like it has been in the past for the Wings at the deadline, having just under $4.8 million to spend.

“We weren’t close at all (to making a deal),” Holland said. “Talked to a lot of teams, we made some offers, but … There wasn’t a fit, so we weren’t close on anything.

“There was three or four players we would have liked to have added but ultimately, we either didn’t offer enough or they didn’t like what we were offering. There weren’t a lot of trades.”

There were 15 trades total on Monday.

“I thought we did a real good thing, trading a first-round pick and got (Kyle) Quincey,” said Wings coach Mike Bacock, who Detroit acquired last week. “We really felt we needed depth at that position. We acquired the depth we needed.

“You can always hope for a whole bunch of players,” Babcock added. “The price of the other pieces was what we weren’t willing to pay or people weren’t willing to trade them to us.”

Commodore, who signed a one-year deal for $1 million this offseason, got caught in the numbers game and he just fell deeper on the blue line depth chart after the trade for Quincey.

“To think that Mike Commodore can play 20 games in the NHL, this year he’s played 17, and then go into the Stanley Cup playoffs, is pretty hard,” Holland said.

After the deal Detroit recalled Brendan Smith from Grand Rapids.

“You can’t play 20 games and be ahead of guys on the farm team,” Holland said. “Mike wanted to play. It’s an opportunity for Mike and it’s an opportunity for us, too.

“I didn’t feel right bringing up Brendan Smith and having Mike Commodore being passed over by Brendan Smith,” Holland added.

Smith will be in the lineup Tuesday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“Smith was on the all-rookie team last year in the AHL, he’s got 10 goals, tremendous college career,” Holland said. “We’re very high on Smith, he’s young but when the playoffs start, we expect to have Jonathan Ericsson healthy, we think our seventh and eighth defensemen are going to be Jakub Kindl and Brendan Smith, also got two vets down there in Doug Janik and Garnet Exelby. When you start getting into your 10th and 11th and 12th defensemen, we’re as deep as anybody. Part of the puzzle of going for a long playoff run is health.”

Commodore, 32, was injured in the preseason so fell behind early. He played only 17 games and has no goals, one assist and 12 penalty minutes.

“It would have been nice to see this thing through here,” Commodore said. “They’ve 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, was in and out.”

He was a healthy scratch for 30 games.

“I have no idea why,” Commodore said. “You’d have to ask (Babcock). The D core is really good here. I don’t even want to speculate.

“I’m fine,” Commodore added. “It just didn’t work out. It’s not the first team where it didn’t work out. It’s time to move on.”

Holland said Commodore’s name was brought up with Lightning GM Steve Yzerman when the two made the deal for Quincey.

Lidstrom (ankle), Quincey groin

DETROIT — Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle) and Kyle Quincey (groin) are both questionable for Tuesday’s game in Columbus.

“He got hit in the ankle with the puck last game,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said of Lidstrom’s injury. “It rimmed around the boards and he put his foot up. I think he’ll be ready tomorrow, we’re not certain.

“We sent (Quincey) out for tests there was nothing,” Babcock added. “I never know with those things. (Brendan) Smith is playing for sure. (Jakub) Kindl and Smith are playing for sure. Then we’ll see on the other guys. If we need another guy, we’ll go to (Doug) Janik.