Interesting development regarding a couple of former Detroit Red Wings currently playing for the home team in the Beijing Winter Olympics men’s hockey tournament.
If you thought it was weird that ex-Red Wings Jake Chelios and Ryan Sproul were skating on China’s defense in these Winter Games, well then dig this – the roster of the Games is showing that their names have been localized.
Sproul’s listing on the Chinese roster is as Sipulaoer Ruian. Meanwhile, Chelios has become Kailiaosi Jieke.
They are truly players to be (re)named later.
While on the subject of former Wings in Beijing, forward Justin Abdelkader has been added to the USA roster.
Griffins Nearing Milestones
Some members of the Red Wings’ Grand Rapids Griffins AHL farm club are nearing career milestones.
Ben Simon’s next win will be the 100th of his AHL career. Kyle Criscuolo needs four assists to have 100 as a pro and 50 as a Griffin. He’s five helpers away from 100 in the AHL.
Forward Turner Elson skated in his 450th game in pro hockey on Jan. 28. Forward Taro Hirose played his 100th game for the Griffins on Jan. 29.
The Griffins made three roster changes on Tuesday. They signed center Josh Dickinson and defenseman Gordi Myer to professional tryouts. In addition, the Griffins released right wing Matt Berry from his PTO, returning him to the ECHL Toledo Walleye.
Last Chance For Red Wings Forward Zadina?
When the Red Wings play the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, winger Filip Zadina is expected to skate on the top line with captain Dylan Larkin and rookie Lucas Raymond. That means Zadina will have played on all four of the team’s forward units in an attempt to get him going offensively. His scoring totals are showing five goals in 45 games this season.
Around The NHL
Boston: Is Bruins forward Brad Marchand heading for an NHL suspension? He punched Pittsburgh goalie Tristan Jarry and then clipped him with his stick in Tuesday’s game with the Penguins.
Pittsburgh: Here’s the video of the incident where Boston’s Marchand goes after Penguins netminder Jarry.
Philadelphia: The Flyers will welcome back center Derick Brassard from injury as they look to extend their winning streak to three games facing the Red Wings on Wednesday.
Florida: John Vanbiesbrouck, GM of Team USA in Beijing, was the first No. 1 goalie in Panthers history.