DETROIT – Pavel Datsyuk has done it before, taking replaceable fourth liners and making them into valuable additions to the Red Wings’ top scoring line.
His latest reclamation project is Luke Glendening, the gritty fourth-line center who has arguably been the team’s most trustworthy penalty killer this season.
“Pav wanted someone to work,” coach Mike Babcock said when asked about Glendening’s ascent. "He’s the guy who said ‘Put Glennie with me.’ So I put Glennie with him.”
Glendening is the latest bottom-six forward to join Datsyuk on the Wings’ top line, following Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm, amongst others, who in the past worked as reliable puck retrievers for the Magic Man.