Good organizations always have mutually beneficial relationships with their American Hockey League affiliates. The Detroit Red Wings recently called up Austin Czarnik from Grand Rapids because they had multiple injuries. They took Czarnik on their West Coast road trip.
By coincidence, the Griffins happened to be playing in San Diego. The Red Wings left Czarnik in California when they headed back to play Columbus.
He was in San Diego Friday to chip in a goal and an assist to help the Griffins down the Gulls 6-5. Former Red Wings player Taro Hirose netted his first professional hat trick to lead Grand Rapids. Red Wings prospect defensemen Jared McIsaac and Albert Johansson each chipped in two assists in the game. Detroit free agent signee Pontus Andreasson also scored.
List Czarnik, 29, as one of GM Steve Yzerman’s quality offseason addition. His skill strengthens the Griffins when he’s playing in Grand Rapids. Plus, he can contribute offensively when he’s called up. He has a goal in four games with Detroit.
Boston Hockey Now writer Jimmy Murphy reports that an NHL team executive told him a Bruins’ trade for Patrick Kane “makes a lot of sense.” The Bruins have been impressive in the early going and it’s clear they are going to do whatever they can to improve their chances of winning the Stanley Cup.
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The Red Wings’ Next Game
The Red Wings will try to make sure they have a successful road trip by defeating the Blue Jackets in Columbus tonight. This is the fourth game on the road trip. The Red Wings are 1-1-1 in their first three games on the trip.
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Boston: BHN columnist Joe Haggerty writes about the Bruins’ historic start, which includes 15 wins in their first 17 games. Boston Bruins.
Florida Panthers: Mackenzie Weegar and Jonathan Huberdeau are back in Florida to face their former Panthers teammates. Florida Panthers.
Colorado: The Avalanche are preparing to face their goalie from last season, Darcy Kuemper. Adrian Dater of CHN explains how Kuemper is playing this season for the Washington Capitals. Colorado Avalanche.
Montreal: Trade talk is in the air in Montreal because NHL team executives and pro scouts are constantly watching the Canadiens play. Montreal Canadiens.
Philadelphia: Veteran columnist Sam Carchidi writes that the Flyers’ injury list is “mind-boggling.” Philadelphia Flyers.
Vegas: Owen Krepps of Vegas Hockey Now writes that the Golden Knights’ third line needs to play at higher level of the Golden Knights want to truly be an elite team. Vegas Golden Knights.
Washington: Does it make sense for the Capitals to pursue a trade for Bo Horvat? Sammi Silber weighs in. Washington Capitals.