Player News - Red Wings

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Johan Franzen is hoping to be more consistent this season, and wants to use his size more effectively.

"(Franzen) has been a hot-and-cold player," said Detroit head coach Mike Babcock. "I think he has the ability to be a hot player, period." Franzen scored 16 goals in just 54 games last season but also admitted that he needs to be more consistent. "I usually worry about the other parts of the game. But I want to be a factor up front," said Franzen. "I’m one of the guys that should score. I want to get off to a good start. When you’re scoring, you feel very light on your skates and you’re flying out there." If healthy, Franzen will probably score between 20-25 goals this season.
Sep 21 - 9:10 AM

Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock is hoping some of his young defensemen push for jobs during training camp.

"I’m hoping (Xavier) Ouellet, (Alexey) Marchenko, (Matthias) Backman and (Ryan) Sproul all have a chance to push for jobs," said Babcock. "We added depth up front last year. We’d like to do the same on the back, but they have to be ready." All four prospects could potentially return to the Red Wings’ AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids this year, but it looks like Detroit will give each player a serious chance to earn a roster spot with the big club.
Sep 21 - 9:00 AM

Stephen Weiss seems poised to move on from a miserable 2013-14 season in which he missed considerable time due to a sports hernia.

He has reported to camp healthy and started camp centering a line featuring Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist. Weiss was very happy at how he felt after his first scrimmages with his teammates. "I feel healthy, got no pain and I feel like I'm just going to keep getting better and better as long as I can stay healthy," Weiss said. Weiss was an up-and-coming offensive player with the Panthers a few seasons back and could surprise on a Red Wing team that will give him plenty of chances to succeed both at even strength and on the power play. Weiss may make a nice sleeper pick in the latter rounds of your hockey draft.
Sep 20 - 10:40 AM

Daniel Cleary looks healthy and poised to bounce back after two very disappointing season.

With only eight points in 52 injury-plagued games in 2013-14, Clearly fell right off the fantasy map. However, he has reported to camp healthy (his knee has been a problem the last few seasons) and seems intent on proving that he still has something lef to give the Wings. Cleary started camp skating alongisde Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen, which is a promising development. Of Cleary Zetterberg had the following to say: "He had a good off-season, worked really hard. He looks good out there and skates really well. I like to play with him. You always know what you're going to get. He's at the front of the net and is always going to get pucks back. I'm looking forward to having a good camp with him." It will be interesting to see if Cleary can regain the form that made him a viable late-round fantasy selection.
Sep 20 - 10:28 AM

Look for Tomas Tatar to play on one of the Red Wings' top two lines this season.

He skated alongside Pavel Datsyuk and Darren Helm to open camp and has a fan in Detroit coach Mike Babcock. "He has an infectious personality, he's got a skill set, he gets open, he makes plays, he's a good player," Babcock said. "We know Pav and (Henrik Zetterberg) are good players. We need more guys that are high-end players. You need high-end players." It must be nice for Tatar to hear he is one of them. Look for him to improve on his 39-point effort of 2013-14.
Sep 20 - 10:21 AM

Darren Helm may be someone to watch over the next two weeks.

Helm, a center who will converting to wing this season, is going to get a shot playing alongside Pavel Datsyuk. For the speedy Helm, this is a tremendous opportunity. Of course, that is if he can stay healthy. Helm has been injured for large parts of the last few seasons. That said, Helm's wheels could open up the ice for the talented Datsyuk, something Detroit coach Mike Babcock has obviously thought about. Keep an eye on Helm. He could be a sleeper if he starts the season on the Wings' top line.
Sep 20 - 10:14 AM

Anthony Mantha will be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks due to a fractured right tibia.

He was injured Monday while playing in a rookie tournament game with Detroit's other prospects, but still finished the contest. "He's going to be in crutches for a while, take the weight off," said Red Wings GM Ken Holland. "We think somewhere around six weeks he should be back up and running and skating and from there playing. In the meantime we got lots of other people looking for opportunity." The 20th overall draft pick in 2013 was slated to compete for a roster spot at training camp, but this injury will prevent that from happening.
Sep 18 - 11:00 AM

Tomas Jurco would prefer not to start the upcoming season in the minors.

"It would hurt," Jurco said. "Every player wants to play in the NHL. But it's a kind of a business, and if I'm going to start there, I'm going to play my best hockey and hopefully I'll move up here early in the season." He produced eight goals and 15 points in 36 appearances with Detroit last year. Jurco will look to earn a roster spot with the big club out of training camp.
Sep 17 - 12:26 PM

Dan DeKeyser'a two-year contract with the Red Wings is worth $4.375 million.

"He's one of our of top-four defensemen, he's become one of our most important players," Red Wings GM Ken Holland said. "This probably took a little longer than both sides wanted, but when you look around the league there weren't many comparables." He's unlikely to garner much fantasy attention heading into the 2014-15 season, but he has the potential to warrant consideration if he offensive game continues to develop.
Sep 17 - 12:20 PM

An unfortunate update on Daniel Alfredsson: he won't participate in at least Detroit Red Wings training camp as he's seeing back specialists.

Could this be it for the long-time veteran? The 41-year-old would leave an outstanding legacy behind with 444 goals and 1,157 points in 1,246 career NHL regular season games. He was still pretty productive last season, yet the Red Wings seemed reluctant to commit to him in 2014-15. That hesitance will only grow now.
Sep 16 - 5:46 PM

The Detroit Red Wings signed Dan DeKeyser to a two-year contract on Tuesday.

This one came right down to the wire as far as the defenseman's stated goal in participating in training camp is concerned. The 24-year-old seems to have solid if unspectacular potential in fantasy terms; he scored four goals and 23 points in 65 games last season while compiling 30 PIM and averaging 21:38 TOI. Nothing amazing, but if he continues to grow he should be a solid depth D option in fantasy.
Sep 16 - 5:23 PM

Daniel Alfredsson (back) might miss the start of training camp.

"I'm not sure if he'll be able to report to camp on Wednesday," GM Ken Holland said. "I want to see how he's feeling and talk to his agent. I also want to talk to Alfie in the next 24 hours." Alfredsson didn't take to the ice on Monday after he tweaked his back last week. The veteran winger is trying to decide if he'll return for another season, but lingering back issues could stand in the way.
Source: Mlive.com
Sep 15 - 5:04 PM

Darren Helm (groin) skated briefly on Monday.

"He had a bit of a tender groin last week and at this time of the year we encourage guys to not push it," GM Ken Holland said. "We expect everything is good going forward." Helm was limited to 42 games last season due to injuries and he missed seven contests with a groin ailment.
Source: Mlive.com
Sep 15 - 4:59 PM

Aaron Rome has been invited to attend training camp with the Detroit Red Wings.

He picked up one assist and a minus-6 rating in 25 games for the Dallas Stars last season.
Source: Mlive.com
Sep 15 - 4:55 PM

Dan DeKeyser is getting "kind of anxious" regarding his contract situation with the Detroit Red Wings.

"Hopefully, something gets done soon, because camp is only a few days away," he said. GM Ken Holland said he spoke with DeKeyser's agent on Monday and they'll continue talks on Tuesday.
Sep 15 - 3:57 PM


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