Illness update

Hey, everybody, thanks for the kind words and thoughts.

I’m dealing with some sort of non-COVID infection right now, and the last 24 hours have been absolutely miserable in terms of the level of physical pain I’ve been going through. I’d describe the pain I’m going through as almost post-surgical in its intensity, and it’s from head to toe, so I’m really in a lot of physical pain.

I’m trying to take today to rest and hope to be back for tomorrow’s game day activities. Right now I’m just “out of it” and am pretty much unable to function. Here’s hoping that a day makes a big difference, because I really despise not being able to work right now.

Griffins’ Luke Witkowski suspended for 2 games

Per the AHL:

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced that Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman Luke Witkowski has been suspended for two (2) games as a consequence of a charging incident in a game vs. Rockford on Dec. 4.

Witkowski will miss Grand Rapids’ games tonight (Dec. 6) at Cleveland and Friday (Dec. 10) at Manitoba.

Allen updates Staal, Lindstrom’s statuses

Detroit Hockey Now’s Kevin Allen posted a column which discusses the status of Marc Staal, who’s been placed under the NHL’s COVID protocol…

Coach Jeff Blashill said it is “yet to be determined” how long Marc Staal will be out. The Red Wings take a five-game winning streak into Tuesday’s home game against Nashville.

“We are all kind of crossing our fingers and hoping that nobody else tests positive,” Blashill said. “But we will see.”

Both the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders ended up with so many COVID-19 cases recently  that the NHL had to postpone some games.

“I would say we are under enhanced measures, some of which are spelled out in the agreement as we moved into the season.” Blashill said.

And Allen took note of Blashill’s remarks regarding Gustav Lindstrom, who has a lower-body injury, as well as Lindstrom’s would-be replacement in Dan Renouf:

“The last game Danny [Renouf] played for us he played really good,” Blashill said. “The depth throughout your organization becomes critical. It gets tested throughout the season. Certainly with Covid, it gets tested even further.”

The Red Wings continued to play well, even after Dekeyser and Bertuzzi test positive. “When Bert got it, I was a little bit  worried because it was right before a game,” Blashill said. “Does that deflate you a little bit when you get that kind of news right before a game? I thought our guys reacted well to it. So far we have reacted well to it.”


Monday’s post-practice Tweets and videos: Lindstrom, Staal out for Tuesday vs. NSH; videos of Blashill, DeKeyser

The Red Wings practiced on Monday at Little Caesars Arena’s Belfor Training Center ahead of a three-games-in-four-nights slate, starting with tomorrow’s home game vs. Nashville (7 PM EST start on ESPN+/hulu/97.1 FM).

MLive’s Ansar Khan reported that Danny DeKeyser and Dan Renouf slotted back into the Wings’ defense because Gustav Lindstrom (lower-body) and Marc Staal (COVID protocol) remain out. Tyler Bertuzzi (also in COVID protocol) isn’t back yet, either, and he’s got 4 more games to go before he can return.

After practice, the Red Wings’ coach spoke with the media:

Gus Lindstrom didn’t practice today (lower body) and Coach Blashill says he doesn’t anticipate he’ll be available for the game tomorrow #LGRW— Carley Johnston (@carleykjohnston) December 6, 2021

Blashill said Lindstrom (injury) and Staal (COVID protocol) out tomorrow, status beyond that to be determined. #RedWings— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) December 6, 2021

Coach Blashill’s discussion with the media is available on video…

As is Danny DeKeyser’s availability:

Tweets from Monday’s practice: DeKeyser skating with team; Lindstrom, Staal (COVID protocol) out

Of Red Wings-related note from Monday’s practice, ahead of tomorrow’s game vs. the Nashville Predators (7 PM EST start on ESPN+/hulu/97.1 FM):

#RedWings practicing. Lindstrom, injured on Saturday, and Staal are not skating. Renouf recalled from ⁦@griffinshockey⁩ is out there.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) December 6, 2021

#RedWings lines in practice before Tuesday’s game vs. Nashville at ⁦@LCArena_Detroit
Renouf-Oesterle— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) December 6, 2021

#RedWings power play units:
1. Fabbri (net front), Suter (bumper), Larkin-Raymond (flanks), Seider (point).
2. Rasmussen (net front), Erne (bumper), Hronek-Zadina (flanks), Leddy (point).— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) December 6, 2021

Griffins moves: Seth Barton assigned to GR from Toledo; Kaden Fulcher-for-Victor Brattstrom swap

FYI from Grand Rapids:

UPDATE: The Red Wings on Monday recalled defenseman Dan Renouf and reassigned blueliner Seth Barton to GR. In addition, the Red Wings reassigned goaltender Kaden Fulcher to Toledo (ECHL) and netminder Victor Brattstrom to GR.

Details >>— Grand Rapids Griffins (@griffinshockey) December 6, 2021

Red Wings recall Dan Renouf from Grand Rapids

With Marc Staal in COVID protocol, and 3 games upcoming on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday…

UPDATE: The Detroit #RedWings today recalled defenseman Dan Renouf from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Details:— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) December 6, 2021

Red Wings place Marc Staal in COVID protocol

The Wings are likely to recall a defenseman from GR, even with Danny DeKeyser heading back into the lineup, with 3 games in 4 nights this week:

UPDATE: The #RedWings have placed defenseman Marc Staal in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) December 6, 2021

Ilitch Holdings renames itself ‘Ilitch Sports + Entertainment,’ names new CEO, Chris McGowan

Ilitch Holdings found someone to replace Chris Granger as their president:

Accomplished executive Chris McGowan was announced as the President and CEO of Ilitch Sports + Entertainment on Monday, the new business division of the Red Wings, Tigers, The District Detroit, Olympia Parking & the Ilitch joint venture in 313 Presents.

Welcome aboard, Chris!— 313Presents (@313Presents) December 6, 2021

Chris McGowan Introduced as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ilitch Sports Entertainment— Ilitch Companies (@IlitchCompanies) December 6, 2021

Here’s the press release:

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