Coreau signed a two-year, two-way contract extension with the Red Wings on Tuesday, MLive.com reports. Coreau, who narrowly avoided salary arbitration, reportedly will make $575,000 and $650,000, respectively, over the next two seasons in the NHL, while his AHL salary for this coming season will be set at $150,000. This is an important signing for the Red Wings, given the uncertainty behind how long Jimmy Howard is to remain in the Motor City. The hulky backstop fashioned a 29-15-2 record, 2.43 GAA and .922 save percentage for AHL Grand Rapids this past season.
Coreau has a future in the NHL, the Detroit Free Press reports. Coreau, who went undrafted, has spent the past two seasons stopping pucks for AHL Grand Rapids, a minor-league affiliate of the Red Wings. In the 2015-16 season, he fashioned a 29-15-2 record, 2.43 GAA and .922 save percentage in the regular season and made three more appearances in the Calder Cup Playoffs. The 24-year-old is accustomed to the tutelage of Jeff Salajko, a former goalie coach of the Griffins recently hired to serve in that same role with the Red Wings. Coreau is not expected to arrive as soon as the 2016-17 season, though he could take a leap forward on the organizational depth chart with talk about the Wings needing to move on from veteran Jimmy Howard and the $5.5 million that he's owed next year alone.
Coreau was reassigned to AHL Grand Rapids on Monday. The expected move following the news that Petr Mrazek (illness) was healthy again, Coreau will now return to an organizational depth role after serving as a backup behind Jimmy Howard for the previous two games. The 24-year-old Canadian has posted another strong season for the AHL affiliate in 2015-16, currently holding a 29-10-2 record with a 2.15 GAA and .931 save percentage. He should retake the role as the leading netminder there, but could have an NHL future if he can continue at his current level of play.
The Red Wings have recalled Coreau from AHL Grand Rapids. Coreau's recall in advance of Thursday's game against Columbus suggests that the availability of either Jimmy Howard or Petr Mrazek could be in question for the contest.
Coreau was sent down to the AHL on Wednesday. With Petr Mrazek (groin) returning from injury, Coreau was the odd man out and will head back to Grand Rapids without appearing in an NHL contest this season. In the minors, the netminder has been outstanding, as he's posted a 26-10-0 record, including four shutouts. The 24-year-old stands a good chance of dethroning Jimmy Howard as Detroit's backup in the near future.
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