Detroit Red Wings' Brian Rafalski Update

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IFebruary 20, 2008

Update (11:15 PM): Ted Kulfan casts some doubt on the status of Matt Ellis by suggesting he has not yet gotten confirmation from the Wings on the move. I find it hard to believe that MacLeod would be wrong, but I suppose it's possible. (via Snapshots) - Matt

Update (5:59 PM): Bruce MacLeod reports that Matt Ellis was put on waivers today, so the Hartigan move isn't due to an injury after all. George Malik says the Wings must want to give Ellis more playing time and are opting to expose him to waivers rather than send him down for a conditioning stint. He is available to until noon tomorrow.

Let's hope no one claims him. The Griffins could sure use Ellis back and I'd hate to see him lost to the Wings' system. - Matt

Update (2:41 PM): Ansar Khan claims that Jonthan Ericsson will make his NHL debut Friday, as Niklas Kronwall will not be ready.He also mentions that Dallas Drake and Pavel Datsyuk were given the day off. Given Hartigan's call-up, I have to think one of those two must be injured. - Matt

Update (2:15 PM): Looks like Detroit Red Wings' Brian Rafalski isn’t returning Friday after all.

Ryan Doherty reports that Rafalski skated for only 15 minutes or so and then left the ice. Doherty says Jonathan Ericsson has been called up from Grand Rapids.

Bruce MacLeod says it’s possible Niklas Kronwall could return Friday, but Ericsson will play if not.

Doherty also reports that Mark Hartigan has been promoted.

Not sure of the reason for that, as no more forward injuries have been reported that I know of, aside from Valtteri Filppula’s gashed face. Rafalski and Dominik Hasek have been put on the IR to make room for Hartigan and Ericsson. - Matt

Bruce MacLeod reports that Brian Rafalski (groin) participated in practice today. As he points out, this is good news, as it could mean Rafalski will in fact be back Friday night. That means the team may not have to call up Jonathan Ericsson.

Still no word on Nick Lidstrom’s knee, but MacLeod reports he was not on the ice this morning. No surprise there.