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Grand Rapids Griffins 2009 Clear Day Roster
Tardif, Mursak and Wilson noticeably Absent...
By Jason Kasiorek

The AHL released the 2009 Clear day lists this morning, highlighting the players eligible to play the last month of the season and the playoffs. Despite several strong rumors to the contrary, it appears that Griffins GM Bob McNamara was unable to beef up the blueline by adding another prospect from Dallas (NHL), or arrange a loan from a non-playoff bound team. It would also appear that the injury to Mark Parish at the NHL level has scuttled the forecasted return of Landon Wilson to the playoff roster, both huge blows to the Griffins. As expected, gritty winger Jamie Tardif's injury woes have cost him a spot on the list, and the team chose to keep Darren McCarty's name over Jan Mursak. Those two choices are strictly academic as the team will be able to add players up front when McCarty, Helm and Leino are recalled by Detroit (NHL).

2009 Clear Day Roster:

1 G Daniel Larsson
2 G Jimmy Howard
3 D Garrett Stafford
4 D Jakub Kindl
5 D Sergei Kolosov
6 D Tom Galvin
7 D Jason Jozsa
8 D Logan Pyett
9 D Jonathan Ericsson
10 F Cory Emmerton
11 F Evan McGrath
12 F Ville Leino
13 F Darren Helm
14 F Ryan Oulahen
15 F Frankie Pare
16 F Mattias Ritola
17 F Justin Abdelkader
18 F Darren Haydar
19 F Frankie Lemieux
20 F Darren McCarty
21 F Aaron Gagnon
22 F Aaron Downey

In Residence:
D PJ Atherton
D Brett Peterson
F Jan Mursak
F Jamie Tardif (Inj.)