Kuffner, Svechnikov among those called up as Red Wings deal with rash of injuries

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

Detroit — The Red Wings made a flurry of roster decisions Monday night.

They put forwards Andreas Athanasiou (retroactive to Sept. 20) and Frans Nielsen, and defensemen Trevor Daley and Jonathan Ericsson on injured reserve.

As replacements, they recalled forwards Ryan Kuffner and Evgeny Svechnikov and defensemen Oliwer Kaski and newly acquired Alex Biega.

Kuffner scored his first professional goal Saturday in his AHL debut with Grand Rapids, while Svechnikov had a goal and two assists in the 8-5 victory.

Detroit Red Wings right wing Evgeny Svechnikov (37)

Biega was acquired from Vancouver Sunday night, while Kaski had a goal Saturday for the Griffins.

Kuffner, Kaski and Svechnikov were all among the final cuts for the Wings in the preseason.

The Wings need the reinforcements considering their growing list of injured players.

Athanasiou didn’t play in either game last weekend, though he did participate in Saturday’s morning skate.

Athanasiou suffered a lower body injury Sept. 20 in a preseason game against the New York Islanders.

Ericsson has been unable to play or practice because of a lower-body injury and has yet to practice with the team since the regular season started.

Both Nielsen (puck to the neck/head) and Daley were hurt during Sunday’s 4-3 victory over Dallas.

Athanasiou is eligible to come off the injured list at any time, while Nielsen and Daley will miss a minimum of three games.


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