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Former RoughRider Purcell back to NHL

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Former Cedar Rapids RoughRider Teddy Purcell was recalled from the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs to the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. He’s playing in L.A.’s game tonight at Minnesota.

It sounds like it’s only a temporary recall, however, as he is replacing standout winger Dustin Brown in the lineup because Brown’s wife just delivered a child.

“Brownie is a special kind of player with his skill and grit and physical play he has, so you’re not going to have one guy step in and fill that,” Purcell said on the Kings’ official Web site. “He was our all-star representative for a reason. It sounds cliché but you need a collective effort from everyone else just to pick it up a little bit and make up for losing him. We’re playing a Minnesota team that hasn’t had (Marian) Gaborik pretty much all year so every team goes through it and it’s the ones that seem to respond when certain guys are out of the lineup that seem to do the best.”

Purcell had a goal and six assists in 17 games earlier this season for the Kings. He made his NHL debut last season. He had 16 goals and 22 assists in 38 games this season for Manchester.

He’s expected to play on a forward line with Jarret Stoll and Kyle Calder.

“It’s always nice to come up and go in with a line that has had some success lately,” Purcell told the Kings’ Web site. “It’s unfortunate that Brown couldn’t be here because that has been one of the top lines and has been effective so hopefully I can come in and not slow those guys down at all and get those guys the puck and continue some of the success they’ve been having.

“When I first came up here and got my first taste, I was almost afraid to shoot I always wanted to pass to those guys and try to make them happy but I think as I got more comfortable here and more confidence here I think I can fit more that shooter role. Down in Manchester, I’ve been able to do both so hopefully I can carry that up here and get open for those guys and find some goals.”

Purcell also had this to say about his recall:

“With the new coaching staff, it is really big on defense and that checking part of the game and that is one of the areas I need to work on and when I was up here last time, I felt I got more comfortable with that and did a better job of being consistent but I went down and worked on some of those things and I’m being rewarded again up here. I think they know that I’m an offensive player I just have to go out and do the checking side of the game and be good in my own zone and the offense will take care of itself.”

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Former Rider Abdelkader called up to NHL

Former Cedar Rapids RoughRiders forward Justin Abdelkader was recalled Friday to the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings. Abdelkader had 14 goals and 13 assists in 44 games this season for Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. Detroit plays Washington on Saturday.

The Red Wings have injuries and sickness running through their forward corp right now, which precipitated Abdelkader’s recall. You might remember he made his NHL debut late last season on a PTO (Pro Contract Tryout) before signing a three-year deal with Detroit this past offseason.

Abdelkader led Michigan State to the NCAA Division I title in the 2006-07 season. He had 27 goals and 52 points in 60 games for Cedar Rapids in its 2004-05 Clark Cup championship season.

Here’s a link to the official press release:

http://redwings.nhl.com/team/app?articleid=406943&page=NewsPage&service=page

 

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