Mattias Ritola to Wings, Newbury to Griffins

Continuing the "how many different names" contest the Wings are currently holding, Mattias Ritola got the call to join the Wings for the next game. This means Kris Newbury, who scored a goal in his first game up, will be sent back to Grand Rapids for now.

Ritola, a 6'0 192 lb center from Sweden has more of a scoring touch than Newbury does and could help pick up an offense that looked very flat against Chicago last time out. Ritola spent two games with the Wings in 2007-2008 and had an assist. This year with the Griffins, he has 7 goals and 7 assists and the previous year he had 15 goals and 27 assists.

Look for him to fill the same spot in the line-up that Newbury played, centering Brad May and Kirk Maltby. Ken Holland said this of the two players:

"Newbury plays with energy, a physical edge to him. Ritola not quite as much energy but is better at protecting the puck.’’

That's exactly what the Wings need too, better puck possession and passing.

Another note: Valterri Filppula is scheduled to return against Columbus on Saturday...me likey.

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