It was reported today by Pierre LeBrun of ESPN/TSN that the Red Wings have placed defenseman Brian Lashoff on waivers:
Detroit puts Brian Lashoff on waivers today. Galliardi, Robak and Olsen all cleared from yesterday— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) January 30, 2015
It's been a long time coming for a move like this, probably something that should have happened back in October, with Xavier Ouellet being NHL ready. Ouellet has performed quite well in his tenure of 21 games this season. There was a lot of speculation that Jakub Kindl would bet he one to hit waivers, but I think putting Lashoff down makes more sense. Lashoff will more than likely clear, and the Red Wings won't be stuck with Kindl's contract at the AHL level.
It also brings up the question, because obviously Kindl is now the odd man out. Are they gearing up to trade him and a pick/prospect for a serviceable depth player? I don't think that is necessarily the case, but it's certainly something to keep in mind going forward with the NHL trade deadline on the horizon.
This means one of two things: either a player is about to make his return, or Xavier Ouellet is here to stay for good. I'm hoping for the latter on this, because XO is a fantastic hockey player and does his job much better than both Brian Lashoff and Jakub Kindl do their jobs.
So, this is a good thing! We've been wanting it to happen for a while, and we've finally got what we wanted. While it doesn't change any of the actual problems at hand, it could be a precursor to something else. Time will tell.
Per Wings GM Ken Holland, Xavier Ouellet has been sent to Grand Rapids and Alexey Marchenko.— Chuck Pleiness (@wingsfrontman) January 30, 2015
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Holland the moves aren't a reflection of Ouellet's play. They want to see what Marchenko can do.</p>— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) <a href="https://twitter.com/AnsarKhanMLive/status/561227170903629824">January 30, 2015</a></blockquote>
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So, I guess asking if Ouellet was here to stay was a bit premature. This is an interesting call here, but I imagine they want to add that right-hand shot that they are so hellbent on. It'll be interesting to see Alexey Marchenko get his shot. But when I read between the lines of what Khan (!) said, they might be trying to showcase Marchenko.