On the day that the Detroit Red Wings have to get down to the NHL-mandated 23 players, the team demoted forward Anthony Mantha to Grand Rapids and put veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall (pictured, with Henrik Zetterberg) on injured reserve.

This move means that forward Andreas Athanasiou and defensemen Ryan Sproul and Xavier Ouellett have likely made the Opening night roster.  Yesterday, the team waived forward Teemu Pulkkinen.