Defenseman Simon Edvinsson has officially been returned to the Grand Rapids Griffins to play their final two games of the American Hockey League schedule.
The Red Wings would rather keep him, but he has already played nine games. If he plays one more in the NHL, the first year of his three-year entry level contract would kick in. Keeping him only nine games means the meter on his NHL deal won’t start running until next season.
One of the issues of a rebuild is managing the contracts of the team’s rising young stars. As it stands now, Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond will become restricted free agents in 2024. Edvinsson and Marco Kasper now will become RFAs in 2026.
Also today, Detroit Red Wings recalled forward Danny O’Regan under emergency conditions. That means a Red Wings forward is hurt and may not be able to play tonight in Carolina.
O’Regan, acquired from Anaheim earlier this season, has 30 NHL games on his resume. He has played 22 for the San Jose Sharks, three for the Buffalo Sabres and five for the Anaheim Ducks. He has 14 goals and 30 points in 37 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins this season.
O’Regan started this season with the San Diego Gulls. He ended up in the Red Wings’ organization as part of the three-team deal that sent Givani Smith to the Florida Panthers in December.
The Red Wings and Grand Rapids both have two games remaining and have been mathematically eliminated from playoff consideration. He is a former Boston University player. O’Regan was born in Germany, but he is an American player.