According to a report from Sportsnet senior writer Chris Johnston, the Detroit Red Wings have placed goaltender Jared Coreau on waivers.
The 26 year old goaltender has played just six games for the Red Wings this season, going 0-5-0 while sporting a dreadful 4.35 goals against average and .859 save percentage. Yikes. Last season he didn’t fare much better with a 5-4-3 record in 14 games. His 3.46 goals against average and .887 save percentage was better, but still nowhere near NHL quality.
The 6 foot 6 inch, 220 pound netminder has split duties with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins this season with teammate Tom McCollum, going 20-10-4 in 36 starts and posting a 2.47 goals against average and .916 save percentage.
If and when he clears waivers, it’s expected that Coreau will report back to the Griffins for the upcoming AHL Playoffs. Also, for what it’s worth, Coreau’s two year, $1,225,000 contract expires this offseason, meaning that this could be the last we see of him in a Red Wings jersey.
Update: In a strange twist of irony, Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill has announced that Coreau will get the start tonight in the Wings' final regular season game against the New York Islanders.
Surprising news, to say the least. If this is in fact Coreau's last gasp with the organization, at least they're allowing him the opportunity to go out with a win. Good luck, Jared!
Larkin headed to Denmark
In other Red Wings news, youngster Dylan Larkin announced yesterday that he'll represent Team USA at the upcoming IIHF World Hockey Championships in Denmark next month.
The 21 year old Waterford, MI star has had a breakout campaign with the Red Wings this season, leading the team with 15 goals and 62 points. The youngster has nearly doubled his point total from last season, when he posted a disappointing 32 points in 80 games. With another strong season of hockey under his belt, Red Wings fans are excited to see what the speedster can do in 2018-19 and beyond. Playing a big role on the International stage with Team USA should only help him in his development.