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  • Detroit Assigns Simek to Grand Rapids 

The Detroit Red Wings today acquired defenseman Radim Simek and a seventh-round pick in the 2024 NHL Entry Draft from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for forward Klim Kostin. The Red Wings have assigned Simek to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Simek, 31, has spent the 2023-24 season with the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda, recording 16 points (4-12-16), a plus-four rating and 29 penalty minutes in 40 games during the 2023-24 season. The 6-foot, 204-pound defenseman was named the fifth captain in Barracuda history on Feb. 2. Simek played the entire 2022-23 season with the San Jose Sharks, logging three points (1-2-3) and 29 penalty minutes in 44 contests. Originally signed by the Sharks as an undrafted free agent on May 23, 2017, Simek has collected 29 points (7-22-29) and 74 penalty minutes in 209 NHL games since 2018-19. He has also registered 45 points (11-34-45) and 49 penalty minutes in 109 AHL games with the Barracuda.

A native of Mlada Boleslav, Czechia, Simek played in parts of five seasons with Bili Tygri Liberec in Czechia’s top professional league before arriving in North America, tallying 68 points (30-38-68), a plus-46 rating and 88 penalty minutes in 171 games from 2012-17. He won a Czech Extraliga title with the club in 2016, earning playoff MVP honors after recording 10 points (3-7-10) in 14 postseason contests. Simek also notched eight points (2-6-8) and 69 penalty minutes in 67 games with HC Benatky nad Jizerou in Czechia’s second-tier from 2011-15. On the international stage, Simek captured a bronze medal at the 2022 IIHF World Championship, posting two assists in nine games. Simek had two points (1-1-2) in eight games at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, along with one goal in eight appearances at the 2016 tournament.