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Red Wings Release Aaron Downey, Assign 8 Players To Griffins

With the preseason winding down and the regular season nearing (just a week and a day to go), the Red Wings have started to trim their roster, moving 10 players.

Two players were released by the Red Wings: Aaron Downey and Greg Amadio. Both were with the team on a tryout, and Amadio ended up signing a minor-league deal with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Joining Amadio in Grand Rapids are eight players who were assigned to the Wings' AHL affiliate: Willie Coetzee, Ilari Filppula, Jamie Tardif, Travis Ehrhardt, Sergei Kolosov, Sebastien Piche, Logan Pyett and Thomas McCollum.

In the next week, the Red Wings will have to trim their roster from 40 to 23 players and get under the salary cap.