Detroit Red Wings place Brendan Smith on IR, defense gets even younger as Adam Almquist gets the call

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Brendan Smith has been placed on the short-term injured reserve by the Detroit Red Wings. Ansar Khan of MLive.com wrote that Smith injured his shoulder in a fight with Edmonton Oilers player Will Acton, and will be forced to sit out one or two weeks with a separated shoulder.

The injury seemed particularly needless. With Detroit up 5-0 with less than a minute left to play, Smith threw the gloves with Acton and appears to have fallen with all of his weight onto his shoulder. From a “hockey play” standpoint, Smith has to skate away at that point.

Instead, he got into the fight and will miss at least seven days on the IR.

This is just icing on the cake in what has been a bad season for Smith. The Red Wings were hoping to see the defenseman take a step froward in his game, but so far he’s been shaky. Adam Almquist gets the call from the AHL to take Smith’s place on Detroit’s blue line.

While Almquist isn’t particularly big, he’s an outstanding puck mover that has been playing well in the minors. He has seven assists in 10 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins, and has 12 PIMs to boot. Almquist impressed Detroit’s brass with his strong play during the preseason, so it isn’t too surprising to see him get the call here.

Topics: Adam Almquist, Brendan Smith, Detroit Red Wings, Nhl

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