Pickard was assigned to the Red Wings' taxi squad Tuesday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Pickard only started one game for the Red Wings last year, but he'll be available in a pinch, as his taxi-squad designation means he'll be able to practice and travel with the NHL regulars.
Pickard was waived by the Red Wings on Monday, Max Bultman of The Athletic Detroit reports. Pickard was a full-time backstop with the Avalanche back in 2016-17, but he's struggled to carve out any meaningful time in the NHL ever since his final year in Colorado. He'll likely serve as an emergency call-up option in the event that he clears waivers.
The Red Wings recalled Pickard from his loan with the Vienna Capitals (Austria) on Sunday. Pickard will battle for a spot on the 23-man roster during training camp. Jonathan Bernier and Thomas Greiss are locked into the top two spots. Pickard is likely the favorite for the No. 3 spot, although Kevin Boyle could compete for that job as well.
Pickard will start the 2020-21 season on loan with the Vienna Capitals (Austria). Pickard saw action in three games for the Red Wings this past season, in which he went 0-2-0 with a 5.45 GAA, not exactly the type of performance that will earn the netminder additional looks from the NHL club. Whenever the AHL season kicks off, Pickard should make his way back to North America.
Pickard was sent down to AHL Grand Rapids on Saturday. Pickard returns to the minors, where he holds a 14-9-3 record across 26 appearances this season. He last appeared in a game for the Red Wings on Jan. 14, in relief of Jimmy Howard. Pickard allowed five goals on 19 shots in that one.
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