–The Red Wings signed center Cory Emmerton, their top pick in the 2006 entry draft (42nd overall, second round) to a three-year, $1.6 million contract, according to Booth Newspapers. Emmerton must earn a roster spot next season in training camp or risk being claimed on waivers. He has improved in each of his three seasons with Grand Rapids (AHL).
–After reviewing Todd Bertuzzi’s hit on Chicago’s Ryan Johnson on Monday, NHL vice president of operations Colin Campbell determined it did not warrant a suspension. Bertuzzi received a five-minute penalty for elbowing and was ejected from the game at 5:17 of the first period. Bertuzzi went to the Blackhawks dressing room to apologize to Johnson, who said the hit was not malicious.
–Wednesday’s 10-3 loss to St. Louis marked the most goals the Wings have allowed since a 10-3 defeat at Los Angeles on Oct. 9, 1993. It was the first time they have given up eight goals through two periods since March 14, 1986, in a 12-3 loss to Edmonton.
–The Wings wrapped up a five-game homestand with a 1-2-2 record. They are 10-12-4 in their last 26 home games.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“There weren’t many battles we won in the D-zone. They had an open guy every time out front and capitalized on their opportunity. It seemed our D were coming back our way all night long.” — Wings goaltender Joey MacDonald.
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