Kolanos and Liv Depart
Roster Moves Emphasize Addition Through Subtraction...
By Jason Kasiorek
Two long awaited roster moves were made today by the parent Detroit Red Wings. The first sent exiled forward Krys Kolanos to Langnau of the Swiss A league. Kolanos was a highly regarded prospect for Phoenix, before a mix of injuries and attitude problems led his career off the tracks. Signed over the summer, he was expected to challenge for a job in the NHL, but was one of the teams last cuts. Recently singled out for problems in the Griffins dressing room and with the coaching staff, Krys was removed from the team pending a move by the Wings. It was hoped that he would be moved to another AHL team in return for a player, ala Danny Groulx and Nate Robinson during the lockout, but no takers were found.
The other move involved shellshocked backup netminder Stefan Liv. The first year backstop from the Swedish Elite league has had a rocky start in North America, looking out of place and outclassed. With an unspectacular 1-5-1 record and a 3.66 GAA, he has been pulled from his last three starts. Liv goes to Toledo (ECHL) where it is expected he will get more playing time to work out the kinks in his game.