The Detroit Red Wings have sent forward Gustav Nyquist and goalie Petr Mrazek to the Grand Rapids Griffins ... and there's more to the story than just the headline.
It's a numbers game, says the Detroit Free Press.
The Red Wings must trim their budget by 3:00pm today, and sending Nyquist to GR, along with placing Darren Helm on long-term injured reserve, accomplishes that task.
Plus, the blog site Red Wings Front spells it out pretty clearly -- if Nyquist plays in two more NHL games, the Wings would lose the ability to option him to the Griffins without having to clear waivers.
And that's the situation with Cory Emmerton, who was placed on waivers on Sunday. If Emmerton clears waivers, he will be sent to GR, too.
The Wings announced that rookie goalie Jared Coreau will be in Detroit, backing up Jimmy Howard.