The Detroit Red Wings placed little-used, oft-injured forward Jan Mursak on waivers Friday.
If he clears by noon Saturday, he can be sent to Grand Rapids.
"He needs to play," general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press. If that ends up being for another organization, the Wings can live with that outcome. Mursak has been eclipsed on the depth chart by the likes of Tomas Tatar and Joakim Andersson, both Griffins call-ups who've continued to be in the lineup when Mursak has been available.
Mursak took the news in stride.
"It wasn't that surprising," he said. "I just thought I would get more opportunity to play, you know? I got one game. It just seemed like I wasn't the right fit for the Red Wings, I wasn't the kind of player that would play on their fourth line or something like that."
Mursak, a sixth-round pick from 2006, barely has been on the Wings' radar over the past two seasons, thanks to numerous injuries. He broke an ankle at the start of the 2011-12 season and hurt his collar bone on opening night this season. When he played in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Columbus, it was only Mursak's second appearance of the season.
"He's a kid who just got back," Mike Babcock said. "Two years in a row, he's missed the start. It's a tough situation for him. Ideally he'll just earn his ice time."
Red Wings waive Jan Mursak
Detroit Free Press | Feb 23