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Stephen Weiss has been bought out of the final three years of his contract by the Detroit Red Wings.

After spending his first 11 seasons with the Florida Panthers, Weiss signed a five-year, $24.5M with Detroit starting in the 2013-14 season. However he only scored 29 points in 78 games over his first two seasons in Detroit due to a myriad of injuries. The Red Wings will carry a $1,066,666 cap hit the next two seasons, a $2,566,666 cap hit in 2017-18, and a $1,666,666 cap hit the final three seasons of the buyout.
Jun 30 - 5:33 PM

The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Brendan Smith to a two-year contract extension.

The Red Wings did not divulge the terms of the deal although sources indicate it's for $2.75 million per season. Smith finished the season with four goals and 13 points so do not expect him to be the next coming of Bobby Orr in your fantasy draft next season.
Jun 30 - 3:48 PM

Evgeni Svechnikov will attend Detroit's development camp this week in Traverse City.

Fellow first-round picks Anthony Mantha (2013) and Dylan Larkin (2014) will be in attendance as well. The camp begins Friday and runs through next Tuesday.
Jun 30 - 11:28 AM

As expected, Nicklas Lidstrom is part of the 2015 class for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

He was elected by a selection committee of 18 on Monday and will be inducted into the Hall on Nov. 9 in Toronto. His 20-year NHL career, all with the Red Wings, saw him play 1,564 games (fourth among defensemen) and he racked up 1,142 points. Lidstrom's trophy case includes four Stanley Cups, seven Norris Trophies, a Conn Smythe Trophy and an Olympic Gold Medal. He was a lock to be inducted and it is easy to see why he is considered one of the greatest defensemen ever. Joining Lidstrom in the Hall of Fame will be Sergei Fedorov, Chris Pronger, Phil Housley, Angela Ruggiero, Peter Karmanos and Bill Hay.
Jun 29 - 4:51 PM

Dylan Larkin is going to be given a chance to make Detroit's roster out of training camp, according to GM Ken Holland.

Holland sounds far more willing to give the younger players in Detroit's system an opportunity to play than seeking help via free agency or trades. Larkin has impressed the Wings' brass on the international stage when he has represented Team USA and during the AHL playoffs when he skated briefly with Grand Rapids.
Jun 29 - 11:04 AM

Teemu Pulkkinen is expected to be with the Red Wings to start the 2015-16 campaign.

He is out of minor league options, so he's expected to get the full NHL experience next year after he played in 31 contests with Detroit in 2014-15. Pulkkinen generated five goals and eight points at the NHL level, but he excelled in the AHL with 34 goals and 61 points in 46 matches. He also added 14 markers and 18 points in 16 playoff outings for Grand Rapids.
Jun 29 - 10:54 AM

Expect Nicklas Lidstrom to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame when the next class is announced on Monday.

Lidstrom played in 1564 games in his NHL career (all with Detroit) and he amassed 264 goals and 1142 points during that span. The now 45-year-old last played in 2011-12. Lidstrom won four Stanley Cups (1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008), as well as seven Norris Trophies, a Conn Smythe Trophy and an Olympic Gold Medal. He is clearly one of the greatest defenseman the NHL has ever seen.
Jun 28 - 2:01 PM

The Detroit Red Wings drafted two right-handed defensemen on day two of the NHL Draft.

The Wings selected Vili Saarijarvi and Patrick Holway in the third and sixth rounds respectively. Detroit identified an organizational need and to their credit, they went out and addressed it in the draft. "It's been widely talked about and you guys have talked about it extensively, and we have to," Director of Amateur Scouting Tyler Wright said. "If you don't draft any right-handed defensemen, you don't have any in your system." Time will tell if these two prospects will be developed into NHL players.
Jun 28 - 11:47 AM

Evegeni Svechnikov, Detroit's first-round pick (19th overall) in Friday's entry draft is really stoked to be in Detroit.

That is because, his idol, Pavel Datsyuk, is on the team. In fact the first words Svechnikov said after he was selected and came on the stage was "Pavel Datsyuk". Svechnikov is pegged to be a top-six forward with the Wings but that won't be for a few seasons as he will return to Cape Breton of the QMJHL in 2015-16. His bromance with Datsyuk will have to wait.
Jun 27 - 10:40 AM

Evgeni Svechnikov has been taken with the 19th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Svechnikov is an electric, confident winger who oozes with potential. His 6’2", 200-pound frame allows him to be aggressive on the forecheck and get physically engaged. The 18-year-old Russian is an incredibly talented and skilled winger who possesses slick skating and a lethal, accurate shot. Svechnikov came over from Russia in 2014 and played the 2014-2015 season with Cape Breton in the QMJHL where he was the team’s third leading scorer as a rookie. He amassed 32 goals and 78 points with 70 penalty minutes and a plus-19 rating in 55 games. He has adapted well to playing in North America and has learned the basics of the English language in just over a year. Svechnikov could develop into a deadly offensive threat in the NHL, but he shouldn't be expected to play at that level any time soon, especially seeing as Detroit loves to give its prospects plenty of development time in the minors.
Jun 26 - 9:14 PM

Pavel Datsyuk has undergone ankle surgery and will need four-to-six weeks for recovery.

Datsyuk only played in 63 games in 2014-15, but still managed to score 26 goals and 65 points. Even at the age of 36, Datsyuk is a top-tier two-way forward. It would seem that Datsyuk will be ready in time for training camp in September.
Jun 26 - 5:36 PM

Joakim Andersson has agreed to a one-year, $815,000 deal with Detroit.

Andersson would have been a restricted free agent this summer. His contract represents a relatively mild raise over the $765,000 he received in 2014-15. He had three goals and eight points in 68 contests in 2014-15.
Jun 26 - 1:26 PM

Former Red Wings forward Cory Emmerton has signed with Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss League.

Emmerton, now 27-years-old, never quite caught grasp of the NHL playing in just 139 games spread over parts of four seasons from 2010-14. He compiled 21 points in that time, plus a point in 13 playoff games for the Wings in 2013. Emmerton played for Sochi HC of the KHL in 2014-15, posting 17 goals and 29 points in 60 games.
Jun 25 - 8:20 PM

Andy Miele is still talking with the Red Wings, but he can become an unrestricted free agent next week.

Toronto, St. Louis and Carolina are reportedly interested in signing Miele and they expressed that during the NHL's window shopping period on Thursday. He produced 26 goals and 70 points in 71 games with Grand Rapids of the AHL last season. The 27-year-old forward also picked up 14 points in 16 playoff matches.
Jun 25 - 11:53 AM

Henrik Zetterberg won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy on Wednesday night.

The King Clancy Memorial Trophy is "given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community." This is the second award in three seasons Zetterberg has be recognized for his humanitarian and community services, having won the NHL Foundation Award in 2013. Zetterberg had a solid rebound season from his injury-plagued 2013-14 campaign to lead the team in assists with 49 and points with 66, on way to the Red Wings' 24th consecutive playoff berth.
Jun 24 - 8:00 PM

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