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Wings make final cuts (sorta): Moritz Seider among the last to be sent down.

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Thanks to some internet sleuthing by fans, we all found out about 30 minutes before the team announced that Moritz Seider would be sent down to Grand Rapids today:

Seider turned out to be telling the truth, as the Wings’ official Twitter confirmed that Big Mo plus Michael “Don’t Call me Dennis” Rasmussen and the entire spate of players who cleared waivers at noon today will be sent down.

As it stands, here’s the current Wings roster:

Red Wings Roster as of 29Sep2019

# FORWARDS (15) POS S HGT WGT BIRTHPLACE BIRTHDATE ACQUIRED
# FORWARDS (15) POS S HGT WGT BIRTHPLACE BIRTHDATE ACQUIRED
8 Justin Abdelkader LW L 6-2 213 Muskegon, Michigan 2/25/87 2005 Draft (2/42)
15 Chris Terry LW L 5-10 202 Brampton, Ontario 4/7/89 Signed, 7/1/18
39 Anthony Mantha RW L 6-5 234 Longueuil, Quebec 9/16/94 2013 Draft (1/20)
41 Luke Glendening C R 5-11 191 Grand Rapids, Michigan 4/28/89 Signed, 7/5/13
43 Darren Helm LW L 6-0 192 St. Andrews, Manitoba 1/21/87 2005 Draft (5/132)
46 Chase Pearson C L 6-2 200 Alpharetta, Georgia 8/23/97 2015 Draft (5/140)
51 Valtteri Filppula C L 6-0 189 Vantaa, Finland 3/20/84 Signed, 7/1/19
59 Tyler Bertuzzi LW L 6-1 199 Sudbury, Ontario 2/24/95 2013 Draft (2/58)
61 Jacob de la Rose C L 6-3 215 Arvika, Sweden 5/20/95 Waivers, 10/17/18
67 Taro Hirose LW L 5-10 162 Calgary, Alberta 6/30/96 Signed, 3/12/19
70 Christoffer Ehn C L 6-3 195 Skara, Sweden 4/5/96 2014 Draft (4/106)
71 Dylan Larkin C L 6-1 198 Waterford, Michigan 7/30/96 2014 Draft (1/15)
72 Andreas Athanasiou LW L 6-2 188 Woodbridge, Ontario 8/6/94 2012 Draft (4/110)
73 Adam Erne LW L 6-1 212 New Haven, Connecticut 4/20/95 Trade w/ TB, 8/14/19
81 Frans Nielsen C L 6-1 186 Herning, Denmark 4/24/84 Signed, 7/1/16
# DEFENSEMEN (9) POS S HGT WGT BIRTHPLACE BIRTHDATE ACQUIRED
3 Jared McIsaac D L 6-1 196 Truro, Nova Scotia 3/27/00 2018 Draft (2/36)
17 Filip Hronek D R 6-0 183 Hradec Kralove, Czech Rep. 11/2/97 2016 Draft (2/53)
21 Dennis Cholowski D L 6-2 197 Langley, British Columbia 2/15/98 2016 Draft (1/20)
22 Patrik Nemeth D L 6-3 228 Stockholm, Sweden 2/8/92 Signed, 7/1/19
25 Mike Green D R 6-1 210 Calgary, Alberta 10/12/85 Signed, 7/1/15
52 Jonathan Ericsson D L 6-4 218 Karlskrona, Sweden 3/2/84 2002 Draft (9/291)
65 Danny DeKeyser D L 6-3 190 Detroit, Michigan 3/7/90 Signed, 3/29/13
74 Madison Bowey D R 6-2 202 Winnipeg, Manitoba 4/22/95 Trade w/ WSH, 2/22/19
83 Trevor Daley D L 5-11 199 Toronto, Ontario 10/9/83 Signed, 7/1/17
# GOALIES (2) POS C HGT WGT BIRTHPLACE BIRTHDATE ACQUIRED
35 Jimmy Howard G L 6-1 218 Syracuse, New York 3/26/84 2003 Draft (2/64)
45 Jonathan Bernier G L 6-0 185 Laval, Quebec 8/7/88 Signed, 7/1/18

Astute counters-to-23 will notice there are 26 names on this list, three more than the Wings are allowed to carry into the official start of the season (deadline being Tuesday the 1st at 5pm).

The three odd names left are Jared McIsaac, Turner Elson, and Chase Pearson. McIsaac is hurt and neither of the other two played the Wings’ preseason finale on Saturday. I’m assuming they’re also hurt and will join the injured reserve as the deadline passes (like Evgeny Svechnikov did when he was hurt in last year’s preseason).

[Update: Chris Terry has also been assigned to the Griffins]

This is basically because the CBA allows for players who would otherwise be sent down and are hurt in the preseason to continue to take advantage of NHL-level treatment. If they’re hurt, they won’t count against the roster. If they’re healthy enough to be sent down, they will.

As it stands now, here’s my best guess on the opening night lines:

Tyler Bertuzzi - Dylan Larkin - Anthony Mantha
Andreas Athanasiou - Valtteri Filppula - Taro Hirose
Adam Erne - Frans Nielsen - Christoffer Ehn
Darren Helm - Luke Glendening - Justin Abdelkader
(Jacob de la Rose)

Patrik Nemeth - Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser - Filip Hronek
Dennis Cholowski - Madison Bowey
(Jonathan Ericsson, Trevor Daley)

Jimmy Howard
Jonathan Bernier

As always, go grain-of-salt here with me. Ericsson is a reserve because he’s hurt. Daley just hasn’t looked good. There’s this tidbit from Blashill on Cholowski that makes me believe he’ll be in though: