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Red Wings assign Coreau to Griffins

Jimmy Howard Removed from Injured Reserve

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned goaltender Jared Coreau to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins. The Red Wings also removed goaltender Jimmy Howard from injured reserve.

Coreau has appeared in 14 games with the Red Wings as a rookie, posting a 5-4-3 record, 3.46 goals-against average, 0.887 save percentage and a team-best two shutouts. The 25-year-old goaltender made his NHL debut on Dec. 3 at Pittsburgh and logged his first career win on Dec. 23 at Florida, stopping 31 shots in a 4-3 shootout win to kick off a stretch of eight-straight decisions without a regulation loss (5-0-3). Coreau also posted a pair of shutouts in a two-week span, making 34 saves on Jan. 5 at Los Angeles and steering aside 18 shots on Jan. 16 vs. Montreal. The 6-foot-6, 220-lb., netminder has also appeared in 19 games with the Griffins and ranked top-10 in the AHL in major goaltending categories at the time of his recall with a 12-7-0 record, 2.27 goals-against average and 0.922 save percentage.

Originally signed as a free agent by the Red Wings on April 3, 2013, Coreau has played parts of four seasons with the Griffins, sporting a 57-34-3 record, 2.41 goals-against average, 0.921 save percentage and 10 shutouts, in addition to a 2-2 record with a 2.21 goals-against average and 0.935 save percentage in four career AHL postseason games. He also spent three seasons at Northern Michigan University in the CCHA prior to turning professional, logging 76 games and registering a 32-31-8 record, 2.72 goals-against average, 0.919 save percentage and two shutouts.

Coreau should re-acclimate to the AHL pretty quickly, since that’s the kind of defense he’s been playing behind for a while.