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UPDATE: And done. As per ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, the Detroit Red Wings have placed forward Jan Mursak on waivers.
Forward Jan Mursak (collar bone) is set to re-join the Detroit Red Wings lineup for the first time since Jan. 19. Look for Mursak to skate with Tomas Tatar and Joakim Andersson when the Red Wings host the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday. However, the 25-year-old isn't expected to be part of Detroit's mix for the long haul.
Ansar Khan of MLive.com suggests the Wings could cut Mursak loose -- via trade or waivers -- in the next six weeks.
"... Mursak will have a tough time cracking the lineup when everyone – or most everyone – is healthy. And it wouldn't be any easier for him next season, when the club must make room for Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Joakim Andersson, all of whom are ahead of Mursak in the pecking order. That's why I don't think Mursak has a long-term future with the organization. If they need to move or waive a forward before the April 3 trade deadline due to lack of roster space, Mursak seems like he would be the odd-man out ..."
In the final season of a two-year, $1.1-million deal with the Wings, Mursak has seen only limited NHL action since being drafted in 2006. He's never really lived up to the promise shown at the junior and AHL level.