Player News - Red Wings

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Anthony Mantha picked up a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins.

The 23-year-old played in 60 NHL games with the Wings last season and he registered a solid 17 goals and 19 assists. The 20th overall pick in the 2013 draft has a nose for the net. He's fully capable of scoring between 20 and 25 goals this season. Dylan Larkin also found the back of the net for the Red Wings in the defeat. Both Mantha and Larkin will have fantasy value in deeper standard leagues.
Sep 19 - 9:57 PM

Tomas Tatar is looking forward to getting going this season after a difficult summer.

Tatar had surgery to repair a bothersome shoulder injury and he went to arbitration before agreeing to a four-year contract with the Red Wings. "It was a tough summer, that's for sure," he said. "It was long for everybody. For me personally, I'm glad I had that time to recover to get ready for the season. The first few months were tough. I feel really good now, no issues."
Sep 19 - 10:17 AM

Coach Jeff Blashill expects Niklas Kronwall to play in a preseason game or two.

Kronwall hasn't been skating at training camp. He was suffering from back spams over the weekend and has an ongoing knee issue, so it's not surprising that he isn't fully taking part.
Sep 18 - 2:57 PM

Andreas Athanasiou's agent, Darren Ferris, met with Detroit GM Ken Holland over the weekend.

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, progress between the two sides appears to have been made that could lead to deal. The Red Wings reportedly have a standing offer on a two-year deal with an annual average value of $1.9 million.
Sep 18 - 2:12 PM

Justin Abdelkader didn't take part in Monday's scrimmage because of a lower-body tweak.

Abdelkader dealt with a knee injury at the end of the 2016-17 campaign, but it's unclear if that is still bothering him. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Sep 18 - 1:42 PM

Anthony Mantha has been skating with Dylan Larkin and Justin Abdelkader during training camp.

"When he moves his feet on a regular basis, he is excellent," coach Jeff Blashill said. "He's just got such a skill package. He's 6-5, he can really skate, he can really shoot it, he's got offensive sense. It's hard to duplicate that." The Red Wings bench boss believes the trio of Mantha, Larkin and Abdelkader can produce offense this season if they put in the work.
Sep 18 - 10:28 AM

Niklas Kronwall was not on the ice Saturday with his teammates due to back spasms.

It doesn't sound like anything serious at this point so consider Kronwall day-to-day.
Sep 17 - 9:27 AM

Petr Mrazek reported to Detroit training camp with a renewed attitude.

Mrazek is coming off a terrible season in which he ranked 36th in the NHL in both goals-against average (3.04) and save percentage (.901). However, the Czech netminder spent the off-season working on his positioning, a weakeness in his game last season. Mrazek also seems to have a new upbeat attitude and work ethic. He is entering the final year on his $4 million contract with Detroit and will need a good showing this campaign to get anywhere near that much on his next deal, wherever that may be. He will battle Jimmy Howard for starts.
Source: MLive.com
Sep 17 - 9:07 AM

The Wings seem intent on trying the following lines at least at the beginning of training camp.

Henrik Zetterberg is centering the Wings' first line alongside Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar, while Dylan Larkin is centering the second unit between Justin Abdelkader and Anthony Mantha. Frans Nielsen moves down to the third line playing in the middle with Darrren Helm and P.A. Parenteau. Keep an eye on this situation going forward.
Source: MLive.com
Sep 16 - 9:41 AM

The Red Wings are hoping that Dylan Larkin rebounds this season after regressing in 2016-17.

Larkin will shift to center full time and the Detroit coaching brass is not anticipating any issues with the change. Look for the talented forward to better his 32-point performance of last season and perhaps top the 45-point total he amassed in his rookie campaign while playing alongside Anthony Mantha and Justin Abdelkader this season.
Source: MLive.com
Sep 16 - 9:37 AM

David Booth is excited to be attending the Red Wings' training camp.

The Red Wings signed Booth to a professional tryout earlier this month, so he's not guaranteed to be on the roster once the season begins. "It’s really exciting to be here," Booth said. "It’s very close to me in the sense that I grew up being a Red Wings fan having front-row season tickets, being there when they won the Cup. It’s been a childhood kind of pastime for me to watch these guys through all the good years and so to come here and throw a Red Wings jersey on for the first time, it’s really special." He had eight points in 19 games in the KHL last season.
Sep 15 - 8:17 PM

Andreas Athanasiou's agent, Darren Ferris, feels negotiations with the Red Wings are going well.

"I can say that we are having productive discussions at this point that are a positive indication of the mutual desire to come to an agreement," said Ferris. "I'm not saying we are anywhere near a decision or a deal but it's positive." He also stated that heading overseas to play in the KHL and then the Olympics is still an option.
Sep 15 - 4:38 PM

Expectations are high for Anthony Mantha going into training camp.

Coach Jeff Blashill will give the young forward opportunities to be a key offensive player this season. "We need Anthony to be a real good player. Anthony is going to get a chance to play real big minutes for us, so he has got to take those minutes and turn them into lots of production in a winning way," Blashill said. "I've got great belief he can. He's lost some old habits where he didn't skate quite as much and now he is skating way more on a regular basis. When Anthony Mantha moves his feet and skates and attacks the game, he is an elite player. The key is to get to do it as consistent as possible. But he is going to get an opportunity to be a real impact player."
Sep 14 - 3:48 PM

Andreas Athanasiou is not at training camp with the Red Wings yet.

Coach Jeff Blashill had nothing new to report on the matter. Athanasiou is deciding between the NHL and the KHL. He is reportedly working on a one- or two-year contract with Detroit.
Sep 14 - 1:02 PM

Henrik Zetterberg hopes to play out the rest of his contract with the Red Wings, which has four more years remaining.

That refutes the report out of Sweden during the off-season that stated Zetterberg planned to retire in a couple of years. He said his health will determine if playing another four years is feasible. The 36-year-old forward led Detroit in scoring last season with 68 points (17 goals, 51 assists) in 82 games last season.
Sep 14 - 12:56 PM


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