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Kindl sent to Griffins for conditioning

by Kyle Kujawa / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned defenseman Jakub Kindl to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins for conditioning.

Kindl, 28, hasn’t played for Detroit since Dec. 27 after suffering an elbow injury. He has skated in 28 games with the Red Wings this season, notching nine points (2-7-9) and 14 penalty minutes. The Sumperk, Czech Republic, native has totaled 241 games for the Red Wings since 2009-10, recording 58 points (11-47-58) a plus-nine rating and 127 penalty minutes. Originally drafted by Detroit in the first round (19th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kindl also appeared in 237 games for the Griffins from 2005-11, registering 89 points (13-76-89) and 225 penalty minutes. Prior to turning professional, the 6-foot-3, 199-lb., blueliner spent three seasons with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers from 2004-07, picking up 127 points (26-101-127) and 346 penalty minutes. He has also represented the Czech Republic at the 2006 and 2007 World Junior Championships and made his men’s national team debut at the 2014 World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, picking up three points (1-2-3) in 10 games.

Kindl is expected to join Grand Rapids for the team’s road game on Sunday against the Chicago Wolves at 5 p.m.

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