We already know that Merrill was on a 12 game suspension. But according to this article, he did not practice with the team last Friday and instead, went to a Plymouth Whalers game. The Whalers own his OHL rights, so if he ceased to play for MIchigan this season, he'd go to the Whalers until next year when he joined the Devils minor league system. His future with UM is in question right now. Red was asked about it and he said he couldn't say anything because Merrill's future with the team isn't up to Red. No idea on the real story behind this so we'll just have to wait and see how this plays out.
This hurts the team as Merrill was our best defenseman. Luckily, the offense has surpassed expectations so far this season. Time will tell if the offense is solid or just an early season aberration.