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Detroit Red Wings Prospect Mitch Callahan Learns The Pitfalls Of Twitter


Social Media is great. It allows us as fans to connect to a wide variety of people in a matter of moments — people who you normally wouldn’t even know exist. Social media can also be a bad thing for that very reason, as Detroit Red Wings’ prospect and current Grand Rapids Griffins forward Mitch Callahan found out Monday night.

The Red Wings recalled Landon Ferraro on Monday after Justin Abdelkader went down with a lower-body injury in the Red Wings’ 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. Ferraro was going to be used as an emergency basis in case Abdelkader couldn’t play Tuesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

This frustrated Callahan, a 22-year-old prospect from California, and he took to Twitter to voice his displeasure as Kyle McIlmurray of Winging it in Motown shows in this screen grab he got of the tweet before Callahan deleted it:

It’s easy to see why Callahan would be so frustrated. He’s third on the team in scoring with 36 points and has seen a plethora of his teammates join the Red Wings as he sits in Grand Rapids waiting his turn.

However, a passive aggressive statement on Twitter is not the way to deal with it.

We all know Red Wings general manager Ken Holland loves to overripen his prospects. Tomas Tatar spent four years in Grand Rapids before he finally got a full-time gig with the Red Wings. Holland has had to deviate from that business plan this season, as his team has been decimated by injuries.

To make matters worse for Callahan, defenseman Brendan Smith will play forward against the Maple Leafs on Tuesday replacing Abdelkader instead of the Red Wings recalling Callahan or another Griffin.

We’ve all been in that situation. You think you’re the next in line for a promotion, but you get looked over yet again while you question what you did wrong or what you could have done better.

Callahan needs to learn it is nothing personal. The NHL is a business, and Holland and coach Mike Babcock need to put out the best team night in and night out to give their team a chance to win.

Callahan probably deserves his shot to make an impression. It’s certainly a better move to allow Callahan to suit up for the Red Wings rather than dress Jordin Tootoo, who the Red Wings sent back to Grand Rapids on Tuesday.

He’s young, he’ll make mistakes. Of all the things Callahan could have done on Twitter, this is probably the most harmless. I’m sure Griffins coach Jeff Blashill or Holland will sit down and have a talk with him regarding his use of social media.

What Callahan needs to focus on is continuing to improve his game, and his time will come.

Having displeasure with your work place is good, it shows you care about what you are doing for a living. But there are more productive ways of dealing with it, and there are unproductive ways of dealing with it.

Hopefully, Callahan starts dealing with it in productive ways from here on out.

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  • Ari Zucker

    I am going to assume that the Wings have really soured on him. There is a reason they would rather play Smith at Forward than Callahan. There must be something they see that they don’t like.

    • Peter Fish

      The truth is Callahan and Tootoo are a dying breed, but Mitch has shown he can put up points to go with his toughness. I feel the reason Mitch hasn’t gotten his shot isn’t because the Wings do not like him, but because he is not ready.
      Ferraro brings a lot of speed to the team and it is something the Wings miss without Helm.

      • Carter

        “The truth is Callahan and Tootoo are a dying breed” What breed is that? The Andrew Shaw, Ryane Clowe types? I think you’re trying to lump Toots and Mitch with John Scott and his ilk. Mitch has never been a goon, he’s changed his game and displayed some scoring ability this year but he’s never been in the John Scott, Matt Cooke group. He’s been an agitator and has the potential to be a Andrew Shaw, Ryane Clowe type. Secondly, whatever “type” Toots/Callahan are the Wings obviously disagree with you as they drafted Mike McKee and Tyler Bertuzzi

        • Peter Fish

          He has been much better this year and I gave him credit for it, but he had 93 PIM last season and 103 the season before. He is a fighter, he does not do it as much anymore and the rest of his game has improved, but he is a fighter. There is potential there, but he just is not ready.
          Secondly, I said it was a dying breed, not a dead breed. There is room for those guys on the team when they are ready to make the jump, which Callahan might not be ready to do, which is exactly what I said. Bertuzzi has a LONG way to go before he steps a foot in the NHL and McKee was more about his defensive abilities and big body than his fighting skill.

  • Carter

    Have to agree with Lando, hard work pays off, because results obviously dont mean squat.
    Mitch 22 goals 14 assists, Lando 13 goals 15 assists = Lando must be working harder

    • Ari Zucker

      There is more to a player’s game than their stats. Ferraro is a better penalty killer and plays a better defensive game than Callahan. This makes him a safer bet when deciding who to call up. A prospect in his first stint in the NHL is not necessarily expected to produce offensively. But if they can be strong defensively and hold their own(like Ferraro did last night) then it makes him a much more stable option at a time when the Wings need it.

      • Carter

        You’re right, stats don’t tell the whole story,
        but what they can tell is why one player is better than another. Otherwise its
        just an opinion, such as this “Ferraro
        is a better penalty killer and plays a better defensive game than
        Callahan” What is your basis for this? What evidence do you have to prove
        your premise or persuade people?

        I’ve watched 20+ Griffins games this year and
        from what I’ve seen Callahan is a better defensive player than Ferraro. But here is some non-stat
        related evidence to back up that belief

        Callahan plays on
        the 1st PK, Ferraro on the 2nd unit. Callahan also got moved up to the first
        line (until Nestrasil’s hot streak) facing the other team’s top lines while
        Ferraro has been on third line all year. You can take that as evidence
        that Blash thinks Callahan is a better defensive player. But please enlighten
        me with the reasons why I’m wrong

        The stats also say
        that Callahan is a better offensive player, but I’ll indulge you with some non-stat
        related evidence. Callahan plays on the first PP while Ferraro plays on the
        2nd. So again if you value player usage then Callahan is more trusted than
        Ferraro for PP and PK, So Blash disagrees with you

        .” A prospect in his first stint in the
        NHL is not necessarily expected to produce offensively.”

        This is total
        rubbish and simply an attempt to try and validate your already shaky premise. Based
        on that logic there would’ve been no difference in calling up some plug from
        Toledo instead of Gus for the first few games of the playoffs last year because
        neither was going to provide any offense anyway.

        And to be clear I’m not beating up on Landon, I
        think he’s a decent fourth liner with some speed but to say he deserved the call
        up over Callahan is ridiculous. Its an indefensible position like the signing
        of Cleary or a first rounder for Quincy.

        • Ari Zucker

          In response, to establish my own credentials, I watch almost every Griffins game(except those which conflict with Wings games) and from my eye I think Ferraro is a better player(i.e. more legitimate NHL tools and a legitimate NHL projection).

          Hockey stats are inherently flawed as the only quantifiable events(I am speaking generally here) deal with goals which are rare events. This makes stats unreliable unless you watch the games as well.

          Moving on to this point, “Basedon that logic there would’ve been no difference in calling up some plug from Toledo instead of Gus for the first few games of the playoffs last year because neither was going to provide any offense anyway.” Neither Landon or Mitch us Gus or at the level of any Walleye player so this comparison doesn’t really have value in this situation. These two players are generally pretty close in skill. Neither player is going to really be able to produce in the NHL right now and Landon is more NHL ready, evidenced by his speed which will allow him to make a more seamless transition to the NHL game. Players always say that the hardest transition from the AHL to the NHL is the speed, so having an excess of speed makes that transition easier.

          I personally think Quincey has been the third best defenseman on this team this year, and I would like him back next year. The signing of Quincey is absolutely defendable. If he wasn’t on this team you would be stuck with Kindl and Lashoff playing everyday(one of which who play with Smith. This should scare you) and a player from the Griffins (most likely Almquist) People don’t like Quincey and I understand that, he is mistake prone and he could be a lot stronger. But the truth of it is that there aren’t better options out there for the Wings.

          To put this to sleep, the trio of Babcock, Blashill and Holland chose Landon over Callahan. I think that says it all. These guys watch all the games and are experts in this and have a great track record of drafting and development, so I think that pretty much sums it up.

          • Carter

            ”and from my eye I think Ferraro is a better player(i.e. more
            legitimate NHL tools and a legitimate NHL projection).”
            Again this is just an opinion without any facts, you’re not going to sway anyone by saying “Because I said so”

            “Hockey stats are inherently flawed as the only quantifiable events(I am speaking generally here) deal with goals which are rare events. This makes stats unreliable unless you watch the games as well.” Ok, so you’re saying you don’t care about stats, you only care about what you see and people who disagree with you are wrong because we can’t see through your eyes. You won’t win many arguments that way.

            “Neither player is going to really be able to produce in the NHL right now and Landon is more NHL ready, evidenced by his speed which will allow him to make a more seamless transition to the NHL game. Players always say that the hardest transition from the AHL to the NHL is the speed, so having an excess of speed makes that transition easier”
            Yes the speed of the game is faster and Landon is a faster skater than Callahan,
            that being said you are ignoring the fact that skating speed is only one part
            of that “speed” adjustment. The passes are faster, the shots are faster, transitions
            are faster. If you need proof look at Helm, he has amazing speed but that speed
            doesn’t negate his hands of stone. In addition Landon’s “speed” isn’t helping
            him as much as Callahan’s “lack of Landon speed” is in the AHL, Ferraro has fewer Goals, PK time and PP Time. It is possible that Callahan is simply a better AHL player and Ferraro will suddenly become the better player in the NHL but that scenario is less likely.

            “The signing of Quincey is absolutely defendable.” Check the boards at WIIM, LGW, Hockey’s Future because excluding the last month, 90% of Wings fans disagree with you, his nickname is KFQ

            “If he wasn’t on this team you would be stuck with Kindl and Lashoff playing everyday(one of which who play with Smith. This should scare you)”
            I agree, all of those scenarios are terrifying but that doesn’t make him suck
            any less. He’s just the best of the worst options.

            “To put this to sleep, the trio of Babcock, Blashill and Holland chose Landon over
            Callahan. I think that says it all. These guys watch all the games and are
            experts in this and have a great track record of drafting and development, so I
            think that pretty much sums it up.”
            This should never be used to end a discussion, they are not divine or all knowing. As a group I’d take them over most GM/NHL Coach/AHL Coach trios but if you judge them vs the Blackhawks, Bruins, Kings they don’t seem as perfect as people make them out to be. So if you actually believe that saying “Holland/Babcock/Blashill are the experts” should be all the proof we need then defend the deals below

            -Gus sitting in GR in favor or Cleary
            -Signing Weiss for $24.5MM for 5 years instead of Val for what amounts to $100K less per year. Val was a known quantity and actually produced quite well this year, something we cant say about Weiss. Amazingly we still don’t know if Weiss can transition into Detroit’s system
            -Signing Mikael Samuelsson to a 2year deal with a No Trade Clause
            -“If he wasn’t on this team you would be stuck with Kindl and Lashoff playing
            everyday(one of which who play with Smith. This should scare you)” Nice
            contradiction – So Holland is a failure for signing Lashoff & Kindl as the 5 & 6 D men but we should also trust him implicitly when it comes to calling
            up Ferraro instead of Callahan.

          • Ari Zucker

            I think you are twisting my words here. I said “from my eye i think Ferraro is better” because i am saying in my opinion and thus acknowledging that you don’t have to agree with me and that believing Callahan is better is a totally legitimate opinion with bearing. Like I said, it is close and the two are very comparable, I said that I believe(again using I believe to acknowledge legitimacy to other opinions which disagree to my own) that Ferraro will have a smoother transition to the NHL. You quoted “because I said so” yet that was not something I said. I am commenting because i think this is a great to have a conversation which interests me. I love prospects and i always want to know more about them.

            With that being said I am glad you brought up the Bruins, Kings, and Hawks though as people you’d rather have. Those teams were built through years of failure and high draft picks. What the Wings front office did is much more impressive. The Wings draft in the lower third almost every year and still come away with quality prospects.

            Talking about the Defenseman now, I never claimed the front office to be all knowing that seems like a bit of a hyperbole, all i said was that i trust their judgement because their past actions have proven to me that they know what they are doing.

            I stand by all my Quincey comments. He has been the third best defenseman on the team this year. Without him the defense looks even worse. Defenseman are expensive because good ones are rare, he becomes a scapegoat often times for bad defensive play from forwards(I am not saying he doesn’t make mistakes, nor am i saying that he is a good defenseman I am merely stating that they aren’t better options and he is stable on the second line).

            Beyond that, I think you are more interested in proving me wrong than proving yourself right. I commented here because i like talking hockey. I have no interest in defending my thoughts and opinions like this. This should be a forum where people are free to voice both their thoughts and ideas, and when people disagree it should be a place where people can freely state their differing opinions without the threat of aggressive comments.

          • Carter

            “I never claimed the front office to be all knowing that seems like a bit of a hyperbole, all i said was that i trust their judgement because their past actions have proven to me that they know what they are doing.”
            You’re right, you never claimed it but you certainly tried to use it to end the
            discussion. “To put this to sleep, the trio of Babcock, Blashill and Holland
            chose Landon over Callahan. I think that says it all.”

            “Beyond that, I think you are more interested in proving me wrong than
            proving yourself right”
            You are a writer for a blog, you have opinions, you should have some ammunition to defend those opinions. You’ve stated you aren’t interested in comparing players stats because “Hockey stats are inherently flawed” so provide something else to justify your opinion other than this is what I think. It makes for much better discussion points.

            “You
            quoted “because I said so” yet that was not something I said.” I put
            that in italics, obviously that didn’t carry over to the comments section, I wasn’t
            trying to quote you. I was pointing out you’re argument

  • Carter

    Does anyone else think Landon might have been trolling Mitch? In his interview he said “hard work pays off”

    • Tom Mitsos

      I’ve seen that question get tossed around. I think it was coincidence but who knows.

  • Matt Gajtka

    Welcome to FanSided, Tom! Go Pens. haha

    • gstoye44

      More! More writers to the fold! No Pens!

  • Jared Baker

    “Having displeasure with your work place is good”? Errrr. Wrong.