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Red Wings have run out of depth at forward

Posted on: November 14, 2009 12:06 am

The Detroit Red Wings seemingly never ending depth has finally been exhausted, at least at forward, as indicated by the team claiming Drew Miller on waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Miller is in the final year of his contract and has a salary and cap hit of $525,000 (according to

Long-term injuries to Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula and Jason Williams and the previous promotions of Ville Leino, Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader have left the Red Wings with no NHL ready prospects on the team’s minor league affiliate in Grand Rapids.

Prior to Thursday game, Miller played 14 games for Tampa Bay this season without a point. He was originally a sixth round pick by Anaheim in 2003 and played 53 games scoring 15 points with the Ducks. He also played in 16 playoff games with the Ducks over three seasons.

By contrast the most experienced forward in the Red Wings organization playing in Grand Rapids is Kris Newbury who played 44 games for Toronto before the Red Wings signed him as a free agent this past summer. Newbury has three goals and six points in the NHL. He is followed by fellow former Maple Leaf Jeremy Williams who has scored nine goals in 31 NHL games also with Toronto.

Patrick Rismiller, a veteran of 182 games with San Jose and the New York Rangers, was recently reassigned from Hartford to Grand Rapids by the Rangers but remains property of New York.

Further attrition to the forward ranks could force Detroit to either acquire NHL talent or call up prospects such as Newbury who has 11 points in 13 games in Grand Rapids, Williams (nine points) or perhaps Cory Emmerton (eight points).

Red Wings Waiver History

The last time the Red Wings claimed a player off waivers was 1998 when they acquired Todd Gill from the St. Louis Blues.

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