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Duffer’s Dabbles: Griffins Offering Sensory Friendly Experience; Latest NHL Trade Rumblings



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The Grand Rapids Griffins, AHL farm club of the Detroit Red Wings, are holding a sensory friendly game on Friday at Van Andel Arena. (Photo courtesy Mark Newman)

The Grand Rapids Griffins, AHL farm club of the Detroit Red Wings, are set to take part in a hockey first. When the Griffins play host to the Bakersfield Condors on Feb. 26 at Van Andel Arena, they will offer a sensory friendly game.

This game will feature decreased stimulation for those who are sensitive to loud noises and strobing lights. There will also be sensory rooms available away from the action, including seating and activities away from the crowd noise.

Griffins First AHL Team To Partake In Hockey Talks

The Griffins are also designating the game Mental Health Awareness Night. The Griffins will become the first AHL franchise to participate in the Hockey Talks campaign.

It’s an opportunity to show support of positive change around mental health concerns and raise awareness for the mental health community in West Michigan. The Griffins will adorn their helmets with Hockey Talks stickers, similar to those worn by NHL clubs.

Red Wings Greiss Making His Case

Could Detroit goaltender Thomas Greiss be line for more playing time? He’s won his last two starts. Greiss posted a .945 save percentage in those wins over the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers.

Speaking of making his case, forward Jonatan Berggren contines to play strongly for the Griffns.

Several former Red Wings, including two-time Stanley Cup winner Valtteri Filppula, are still in the hunt for medals ta the 2022 Beijing Winter Olmypic Games.

NHL Trade Talk Heating Up

With the NHL trade deadline less than a month away, several players are hearing their names pop up in trade talk.

The Boston Bruins, the team Detroit is chasing for the final Eastern Conference Wild Card spot, continue to be linked to Montreal Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot.

There are also published reports that the Habs are showing interest in Washington Capitals goalie Ilya Samsonov.

Another goalie who could be on the move is New York Rangers backup Alexandar Georgiev. The NHL’s only Bulgarian player is reportedly being sought by the Vegas Golden Knights.