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

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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

In their second season in the Eastern Conference, the Detroit Red Wings will host the Boston Bruins in their home opener.

Detroit has started its home schedule against Boston on 10 previous occasions, but this is the first time it's happened since 1973-74. The Red Wings made the shift to the Atlantic Division last season after years of playing in the Western Conference's Central Division. This will also serve as a chance for the Red Wings to get revenge after they lost to Boston in the first round of the 2014 playoffs.
Jun 22 - 9:31 AM

The 16th annual NHL Prospects Tournament at Traverse City will take place from Sept. 12-16.

The Detroit Red Wings' prospects will compete against prospects from the Columbus Blue Jackets, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, and St. Louis Blues. Detroit's training camp will then begin in Traverse City on Sept. 19.
Jun 18 - 8:45 AM

Both Pittsburgh newspapers are reporting that the Penguins are extremely interested in Detroit coach Mike Babcock.

At http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/ron-cook/2014/06/07/Ron-Cook-Hiring-of-Jim-Rutherford-as-general-manager-makes-no-sense/stories/201406070039, the Post-Gazette is saying new GM Jim Rutherford "might be here only for one season. Can’t you see the Penguins taking a run at Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock when his contract runs out after next season? They could give him complete control of the hockey operations." The Tribune-Review lists Babcock as a candidate to succeed Dan Bylsma as coach. Bylsma was fired as Pittsburgh coach Friday in Rutherford's first official move as club GM. Babcock "remains under contract in Detroit for one year; Penguins love him," the Tribune says.
Jun 7 - 10:29 AM

The AHL Grand Rapids Griffins have given head coach Jeff Blashill a three-year extension.

The Griffins are the Red Wings' AHL affiliate. He led them to a Calder Cup championship in 2013 and is viewed as someone that might get an opportunity to serve as an NHL head coach in the not too distant future. With that in mind, it wouldn't be surprising if he doesn't end up sticking with the Griffins until the end of this contract.
Jun 4 - 2:13 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Pavel Datsyuk
2Stephen Weiss
3Darren Helm
4Riley Sheahan
5Luke Glendening
LW1Henrik Zetterberg
2Gustav Nyquist
3Tomas Tatar
4Drew Miller
5Daniel Cleary
6Teemu Pulkkinen
RW1Johan Franzen
2Daniel Alfredsson
3Justin Abdelkader
4Joakim Andersson
D1Niklas Kronwall
2Dan DeKeyser
3Jonathan Ericsson
4Brendan Smith
5Kyle Quincey
6Jakub Kindl
7Brian Lashoff
8Ryan Sproul
G1Jimmy Howard
2Jonas Gustavsson