The Detroit Red Wings have assigned five players to their taxi team, CapFriendly reported Monday night.
Forwards Riley Barber and Kyle Criscuolo, defensemen Luke Witkowski and Daniel Renouf and goalkeeper Victor Brattstrom have been recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins and placed on the taxi team.
Last week, the NHL and NHLPA struck a deal to provide teams with roster relief as COVID-19 continues to ravage the league. As part of the deal, the teams are once again able to put together taxi teams of up to six players after having had a similar option available to them in 2020-2021.
Via Sportsnet, here is a breakdown of the accommodations that are now in place:
GOALKEEPERS: Teams will be allowed to add an additional goalie when two regulars are not available. It’s in place for the rest of the season
EXEMPTION FROM THE EMERGENCY CAP: From now on, teams at risk of dressing less than two goalies, six defenders or 12 forwards for a game will be able to perform emergency recalls. The cap for such a player cannot exceed $ 1 million.
TAXI SQUAD: These are in place until the stars break, for the time being. Teams don’t have to use them; maximum six players; no one can stay there for more than 20 days. There are certain eligibility conditions. You cannot be part of it if you are on an NHL list as of December 22 (except for the emergency recall); are exempt from waiver; were on the NHL roster for at least 75 percent of regular season days or played in 16 of a team’s last 20 games until Dec. 22 (goaltenders who dressed but did not play are counted as having “played”).
Barber, Criscuolo and Renouf have already appeared in NHL games with the Red Wings this season; Witkowski spent the entire season in the AHL, but has played three seasons with Detroit in the past.
Brattstrom, 24, has yet to make his NHL debut. The 2018 sixth-round pick is 0-3-1 with a 0.835 save percentage in four AHL games with the Griffins this season.