The Detroit Red Wings will reassign forward Tyler Bertuzzi and defenseman Brian Lashoff to the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins, reports MLive.com’s Ansar Khan. Both moves come ahead of tomorrow night’s game against the Ottawa Senators.
Bertuzzi will be in Grand Rapids to get some playing time after coming off of injured reserve. Bertuzzi suffered a high ankle sprain against the Montreal Canadiens in November and hasn’t played since. The young forward is pointless so far in seven games for the Red Wings, but has 3G and 3A in 10 games for Grand Rapids earlier this season.
Lashoff is a more classic reassignment due to poor performance. The big defenseman is pointless in five games for the Red Wings, and languished on the third-pairing averaging less than 13 minutes a night. This isn’t Lashoff’s first stint in Grand Rapids, however. In 18 games this season he’s scored 1G and 2A. Lashoff has struggled to make the big team signing with Detroit as an undrafted free agent in 2008, playing in a full NHL season only once in his career.