Red Wings’ Michael Rasmussen headed back to Grand Rapids
January 31, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; The Detroit Red Wings Center Michael Rasmussen (27) runs in the second round with the puck behind the net against the Florida Panthers at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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It was inevitable, but the news that the Detroit Red Wings have sent Michael Rasmussen back to Grand Rapids raises the faint hope that either Dylan Larkin or Tyler Bertuzzi are about to return.
UPDATE: The #RedWings today assigned the center Michael Rasmussen to the Grand Rapids Griffins. In addition, Red Wings defenders have transferred Gustav Lindstrom from the team’s taxi team to the Griffins.
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Rasmussen wasn’t that conspicuous during his last stint with the Red Wings, but got some time for the power play. I found his first few games to be more productive, but it felt like other circumstances too. Both Larkin and Bertuzzi were in the line-up and Rasmussen saw more success in the power game than he was out there with Bertuzzi.
If Detroit is active with trades (which is expected), it seems plausible that Rasmussen and other Grand Rapids players who are doing well might be ready to spend some real minutes with the big club.
At 3:27 a.m., the Detroit Free Press asked Helene St. James about Larkin’s status, which Blashill said he wasn’t disfellowshipped but had nothing more to do with. Sending Rasmussen back appears to be a harbinger, but also a move to give him time to play at Grand Rapids while the Red Wings take a five-day hiatus.
Another interesting comment that Blashill made was how this game couldn’t be confused with the other two. The Red Wings abandoned a spate of goals in both their Sunday loss to Chicago and Tuesday’s loss to Columbus. While they got weaker in the third game, Blashill didn’t see the comparison as fair as Detroit played a better game overall.