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#1 YzerFan19

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Posted April 03, 2008 - 10:31 AM

The Detroit Red Wings have signed forward Justin Abdelkader to an amateur tryout contract, making him available to play tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Muskegon native was Detroit's 2005 second-round draft pick. He has played three seasons for the Michigan State Spartans, scoring the game-winning goal late in the third period of the 2007 NCAA Championship game.

By signing with the Red Wings, Abdelkader will forego his remaining season of eligiblity with the Spartans.

Abdelkader's signing comes with Kirk Maltby unable to play due to an unspecified injury.

Red Wings' assistant general manager Jim Nill said that the team is attempting to sign Abdelkader to a three-year entry-level deal. He must be signed by Saturday to be eligible for the playoffs.

#2 Mathieu_Datsyuk132351

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Posted April 03, 2008 - 02:08 PM

YES!YES!YES! :hockeysmiley: At least when the injury bug hit, it got someone good this time :o Remember how awesome the Wings were when Maltby was out last time? Well, that's a biased opinion, plus they had Holmstrom last time.

I hope this is better than last nights.

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Posted April 03, 2008 - 02:16 PM

I'm not wishing for any injuries at this point but I'm excited to see Abdelkader get in. If he can tone down the dumb penalties, he'll be a solid grinder for the team.

It appears that after wearing #87 at Mona Shores, #9 in Cedar Rapids, and #18 and #9 at MSU, Abdelkader will be taking over Matt Ellis' old #8 with the Red Wings.

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Posted April 03, 2008 - 02:46 PM

Just got a few more details on Justin Abdelkader's coming stint with the Red Wings...

He's expected to play tonight with Detroit before splitting the weekend with the Red Wings and Griffins, playing for Grand Rapids on Saturday before finishing the season with the Red Wings on Sunday. Since his amateur try-out is only for one game, this means he must be about to sign an entry-level pro deal.

The entry-level deal would be for three years, no idea what kind of money it would involve.

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Posted April 03, 2008 - 05:08 PM

Malik confirms some of what I posted earlier.

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Posted April 03, 2008 - 06:49 PM

Bad goalie interference call on Nash. One I'd hate to see on the Wings.

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Posted April 03, 2008 - 07:03 PM

There's the expected penalty for Abdelkader. :)

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Posted April 03, 2008 - 07:03 PM

Some great play by Datsuyk there. Shame Franzen couldn't finish it off.

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Posted April 03, 2008 - 07:09 PM

I meant Datsyuk, of course. I always spell player names wrong.

A decent save by Hasek there.

#10 Mathieu_Datsyuk132351

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Posted April 03, 2008 - 07:10 PM

I meant Datsyuk, of course. I always spell player names wrong.

A decent save by Hasek there.

What time is it there? :)

The goal post robs them again. ): At least it's not as disastrous as Chicago. (knock on wood)

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Posted April 03, 2008 - 07:24 PM

What time is it there? :)

It's only quarter past one.

A solid period there. Should really have scored though, with some great chances, especially that pass across the crease . I can't remember who it was though.

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Posted April 03, 2008 - 07:42 PM

Awful coverage on the Columbus goal. Way too bunched up on the wing.

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Posted April 03, 2008 - 07:45 PM

Whacking away at the front of the net pays off. That makes me feel better.

#14 Mathieu_Datsyuk132351

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Posted April 03, 2008 - 07:46 PM

Didn't really see the Columbus goal. But Vive Mark Hartigan! :)

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Posted April 03, 2008 - 07:56 PM

Just missed most of the period (don't ask). What happened?

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Posted April 03, 2008 - 08:02 PM

Another slow period, even with the scoring. Nice to see Abdelkader with a big hit but even that's unimportant overall.

I've got a late soccer game tonight, I'd really like to see the Wings blow this open before I have to leave.

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Posted April 03, 2008 - 08:11 PM

Thanks for that. Just saw the Columbus goal. Better be a better third period, although I seem to be some kind of curse. Whenever I watch, the Wings usually lose.

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Posted April 03, 2008 - 08:27 PM

Bloody hell, two great saves - first by Hasek and then by Leclaire.

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Posted April 03, 2008 - 08:28 PM

Holy Christ, Abdelkader nearly got his first and then Hasek watches one go by. What a switch.

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Posted April 03, 2008 - 08:33 PM

Urgh, Hasek beaten beaten by another shot from the blue line. The wings just haven't been finishing off their chances. Mainly due to Leclaire.




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