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Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (51) / 4/29/1963

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The start time of Friday’s game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs has been pushed back to 8:00 PM EST.
The Detroit Red Wings are apparently stuck in a Toronto traffic jam. The puck was supposed to drop at 7:30 P.M EST, but as of 6:00 P.M the Red Wings still hadn’t arrived at the Air Canada Center. The new start-time isn't official yet, but it should be confirmed soon. Oct 3 - 6:06 PM

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Mike Babcock spoke with GM Ken Holland about a contract extension on Tuesday, but a deal is unlikely to be reached before the start of the 2014-15 season.

"I think what we're going to do is -- we talked yesterday," said Holland. "I'm not sure when we are going to talk about it again, but we're not going to talk about it any more (in the media). Once the season starts, we don't need any more distractions. We've got enough distractions that will be created for a variety of reasons. He and I travel together. We can talk any time we want. It doesn't do anybody good to talk about it in the press." Babcock has one year left on his contract and the Red Wings obviously want him back.
Oct 2 - 11:05 AM

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock doesn't think he's entering his last season with Detroit.

"If it is, it is," Babcock added. "I've tried to live my whole life in the present, so what happened yesterday doesn't matter. What we're doing today does matter and we'll get on with it tomorrow. I'll get up every day and try as hard as I can, as I always have." That being said, Babcock is entering the final year of his contract and doesn't want to negotiate during the season. In other words, time's running out to re-sign him before they pass his self-imposed deadline.
Sep 29 - 4:38 PM

It doesn't matter to Detroit coach Mike Babcock if a contract extension is worked out prior to the start of the regular season.

"If we get something done in September, great," said Babcock, who won't negotiate during the season. "But if we don't -- and I've said this and no one believes me, I have a real good relationship with the general manager and I'm real confident in my own ability and confident in the ability he has to put together a team -- we'll find a way to work something out over time. But I'm not all wound up about this one bit. I'm real comfortable. I'm not selling my house or anything like that. Life's good for me."
Source: Mlive
Sep 3 - 5:35 PM

Detroit has signed executive vice president and GM Ken Holland to a new four-year contract.

"Ken is regarded as one of the premier executives in the National Hockey League and has been instrumental in the success of the Red Wings over the last two decades," said Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch. "Marian and I are extremely pleased that he will continue to lead our hockey club over the next four years. We feel strongly that stability is key to the success of any organization and having this new agreement in place with Ken is important to the organization and its future." Holland has been Detroit's general manager for the past 17 seasons and his extension will keep him with the organization through 2017-18 campaign.
Aug 14 - 11:02 AM

The Detroit Red Wings have hired Jim Hiller to serve as an assistant coach.

Hiller is a former WHL coach of the year, but this will be his first opportunity to serve as an NHL coach. He's a former player and while he spent the better part of his career in Europe, he did finish with eight goals and 20 points in 63 games with the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, and Detroit Red Wings. "There's always challenges when you're a coach," Hiller said. "I did play in the NHL, so I kind of understand the mentality of what it's like to be an NHL player and the type of feedback those players want and need." Hiller's focus will be the team's offense and forwards.
Jul 30 - 8:24 PM

Jim Paek has left the Detroit Red Wings' organization so that he can become the head coach of South Korea's national men's team.

Paek is a native of Seoul, South Korea. The 2018 Winter Olympics will be in Pyeongchang, so Paek will attempt to guide the team to its first Olympic hockey berth. "That was the decision maker, the excitement, that the final goal at the end would be the Olympic games," Paek said. "It's a great opportunity. I look at it as preparing for that, but also developing grassroots hockey in Korea for 10-20 years down the road."
Jul 24 - 9:39 AM

The Detroit Red Wings don't have an analytics person yet, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock thinks that will change soon.

"The bottom line is the NFL and Major League Baseball, they have been way ahead of us in this area," Babcock said. The NHL establishment seems to be getting increasingly warm to the idea of using fancy stats as another tool to help evaluate players. It's not a replacement of scouting and traditional player evaluation, but it can be used to complement those methods.
Jul 23 - 5:05 PM

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland sees no reason to change his philosophy of taking a slow and steady approach with the development of prospects.

"Our goal is to try (to) win another Stanley Cup, and in order to get there, our young people need to be brought along properly," Holland said. The Red Wings are known for having their young players get plenty of seasoning in the AHL before becoming regulars at the NHL level. Still, the Red Wings are starting to see the benefits as the next generation of Red Wings, including Gustav Nyquist and Riley Sheahan are starting to play prominent roles with the team.
Jul 21 - 4:11 PM

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock countered the notion that free agents aren't signing with Detroit because they don't want to play for him.

The theory goes that Babcock has a reputation for being a tough guy to work for and players would sooner choose a more relaxed environment when given the option. "Maybe they don't want to come because Mike Babcock has a one-year contract," Babcock suggested. "The way I look at it here, if you don't want to be coached, don't come here. If you want to be pushed to be the best that you can be, that's what we do here. You know what? The proof is in the pudding." He added that if the Red Wings are worried about him driving away free agents, then he should coach somewhere else. He has a season left on his contract with Detroit and won't negotiate during the 2014-15 campaign. He's led Detroit to the Stanley Cup and has guided Team Canada to back-to-back gold medals in the Winter Olympics.
Jul 18 - 9:25 AM

Mike Babcock, who only has a year left on his contract, isn't willing to negotiate during the 2014-15 campaign.

"By that time (regular season), it's hockey," Babcock said. "It's about the team. It's not about Mike Babcock." He's not worried about the fact that he's on the last season of his contract, nor should he be. It's very likely that he will have other teams that would jump at the opportunity of hiring him if his talks with the Red Wings break down for whatever reason.
Jul 15 - 9:30 AM

The Detroit Red Wings were ultimately unable to add a top-four defenseman on the free agent market on July 1.

"We went in looking to add a right-hand defenseman and we felt we made very competitive offers," Red Wings GM Ken Holland said. "For various reasons, they chose to go elsewhere." Detroit brought back Kyle Quincey instead. The Red Wings haven't been able to lure top-tier free agents for quite some time now and it looks like this summer will continue that trend.
Jul 2 - 9:39 AM

The Detroit Red Wings would like to sign a top-four defenseman over the summer.

Some potential candidates include Matt Niskanen, Dan Boyle, and Christian Ehrhoff. The Red Wings have enough cap space to compete for any of them, but they're traditionally conservative when it comes to the free agent market. With that in mind, it wouldn't be surprising to see them outbid for Niskanen's services.
Jul 1 - 10:00 AM

The Detroit Red Wings took centers with five of their seven picks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

"Where we were picking, we were just looking for the best players available," Red Wings' director of amateur scouting, Tyler Wright, said. "We wanted to keep within our philosophy of players with character, passion and skill, and we feel we've done that." As per the norm in Detroit, the team will develop its prospects slowly and some of them might end up shifting to the wing if circumstances warrant it.
Jun 29 - 10:34 AM

Although the Detroit Red Wings likely have interest in many of the big trade targets like Ryan Kesler and Keith Yandle floating around going into the draft, they aren't likely to make a major splash.

The roadblock is of course what teams expect in return for a guy like Kesler and Yandle. The Red Wings have some promising young players that could be used as trade chips, but Red Wings GM Ken Holland wants to build around his younger talent like Riley Sheahan and Gustav Nyquist rather than pursue a quick fix.
Jun 27 - 9:33 AM

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All Positions
C1Pavel Datsyuk
2Stephen Weiss
3Darren Helm
4Riley Sheahan
5Luke Glendening
6Andrej Nestrasil
LW1Henrik Zetterberg
2Tomas Tatar
3Daniel Cleary
4Drew Miller
RW1Johan Franzen
2Gustav Nyquist
3Justin Abdelkader
4Tomas Jurco
5Joakim Andersson
D1Niklas Kronwall
2Dan DeKeyser
3Jonathan Ericsson
4Brendan Smith
5Kyle Quincey
6Jakub Kindl
7Brian Lashoff
G1Jimmy Howard
2Jonas Gustavsson