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Wings sign Pulkkinen to one-year deal


The Detroit Red Wings have reached a one-year deal with winger Teemu Pulkkinen, the club announced today.

Financial terms of the contract were not released.

Pulkkinen, 23, split last season between the NHL, where he had five goals in 31 games for the Wings, and the AHL, where he had 34 goals (the most in the AHL) in 46 games for Grand Rapids and was named to the league’s first all-star team.

With Pulkkinen and Gustav Nyquist signed, forward Tomas Jurco remains as the Wings’ lone restricted free agent.

Detroit drafted Pulkkinen 111th overall in 2010. The hope now is that he can take what he’s done in the AHL and start doing it regularly in the NHL.

AHL announces first- and second-team all-stars

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The AHL announced its first- and second-team all-stars today. Here they are:

2014-15 AHL First All-Star Team
Goaltender – Matt Murray, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (38gp, 24-9-3, 1.50gaa, .943sv%, 12so)
Defense – Brad Hunt, Oklahoma City Barons (57gp, 17+31=48pts., -6, 8 PPG)
Defense – Chris Wideman, Binghamton Senators (70gp, 17+37=54pts., +5, 7 PPG, 3 GWG)
Left Wing – Chris Bourque, Hartford Wolf Pack (67gp, 27+32=59pts., +2, 10 PPG)
Center – Andy Miele, Grand Rapids Griffins (66gp, 24+43=67pts., +12, 8 PPG, 4 GWG)
Right Wing – Teemu Pulkkinen, Grand Rapids Griffins (46gp, 34+27=61pts., +1, 10 PPG, 6 GWG)

2014-15 AHL Second All-Star Team
Goaltender – Jacob Markstrom, Utica Comets (28gp, 19-7-2, 1.91gaa, .932sv%, 5so)
Defense – Colin Miller, Manchester Monarchs (65gp, 17+30=47pts., +8, 10 PPG, 3 GWG)
Defense – Bobby Sanguinetti, Utica Comets (58gp, 16+22=38pts., +22, 6 PPG, 6 GWG)
Left Wing – Shane Prince, Binghamton Senators (67gp, 25+34=59pts., +6, 9 PPG, 5 GWG)
Center – Jordan Weal, Manchester Monarchs (70gp, 19+46=65pts., +7, 8 PPG, 6 GWG)
Right Wing – Brian O’Neill, Manchester Monarchs (66gp, 22+52=74pts., +25, 9 PPG, 7 GWG)

The press release has more details on each player.

Picking one to expand on, Murray is certainly an interesting story. Property of the Pittsburgh Penguins, this was the 20-year-old’s first full season as a professional. So, what does his long-term future with the organization hold, given the Penguins gave Marc-Andre Fleury a four-year extension in November? Could we see Murray in the backup role as soon as next season, or would he be better off with more time in the minors? Fleury’s current backup, Thomas Greiss, is a pending unrestricted free agent.

Related: Isles draftees Pulock, Pokka highlight AHL all-rookie team

Wings lose deadline pickup Cole (spinal cord contusion) for rest of season, playoffs

Erik Cole

The Erik Cole era in Detroit lasted all of 11 games.

Cole, one of Detroit’s key pickups at the trade deadline, has been ruled out for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs with a spinal cord contusion, per the Macomb Daily.

This will undoubtedly be a blow to the Red Wings moving forward. Though he’d only appeared in a handful of games, Cole looked to be a nice fit, scoring six points in 11 contests while averaging 14:39 TOI per night. What’s more, the 36-year-old has plenty of postseason experience, having appeared in 46 career contests while playing in a pair of Stanley Cup Finals (winning it all with Carolina in 2006).

Cole was also averaging 0.57 points per game this year, his highest rate since scoring a career-high 35 goals with Montreal in 2011-12.

This isn’t the only injury Detroit’s dealing with at the moment, either. Justin Abdelkader, Tomas Jurco and Johan Franzen are all currently shelved as well, and it’s unlikely Franzen will return this season. With these four forwards out of the lineup, Detroit will be forced to further lean on the likes of Landon Ferraro (who made his regular-season debut on Tuesday versus Carolina) and Teemu Pulkkinen, both of whom are relatively inexperienced.