Player News - Red Wings

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Don't be surprised if either Jimmy Howard or Petr Mrazek is traded this off-season.

In a post-season media press conference Detroit General Manager Ken Holland indicated that although it is a good problem to have two NHL caliber netminders, it might make more sense for the Wings and both Howard and Mrazek if one of them were traded. Interesting that Holland would allude to such a thing at this point in the off-season. Stay tuned.
Apr 30 - 9:37 AM

Darren Helm can become an unrestricted free agent in July.

"I understand this is an important contract for him," GM Ken Holland said. "We're going to sit down. I've got an interest in Helmer coming back, but obviously it takes two to tango. Helmer and his agent will have to decide what their priorities are and now we wait." Money and his role with the team moving forward will be the biggest factors in getting a deal done.
Apr 29 - 8:10 AM

Gustav Nyquist had a frustrating 2015-16 season.

He racked up 54 points and 27 goals in 2014-15 and was expected to take on a larger role with Detroit, but his production slipped to 43 points and 17 goals this past season. "I have to do better," Nyquist said. "I didn't score as much as I wanted to. That's on me, and I just have to find a way to be better." His name could surface in trade rumors over the summer, but if he stays then he will have to step up his play next year.
Apr 27 - 7:53 AM

Tomas Tatar understands that his name could come up in off-season trade rumors.

"It's part of being a hockey player," Tatar said. "This team probably will need some changes. I don't know who is going to be affected by that. But we have to do something different to get back on track." He had a disappointing year, while falling from career highs of 56 points and 29 goals in 2014-15 to 45 points and 21 markers this past campaign. If he is still with the Red Wings or elsewhere next year, Tatar will be looking to get back on track himself.
Apr 27 - 7:46 AM

Dylan Larkin had an impressive rookie season, but he knows he can do better.

"Yeah, I had a good start. But I'm not happy with the way the season went, as a whole," he said. Larkin's scoring pace went down as the season progressed, but he still contributed a team-leading 23 goals and he recorded 45 points in 80 games. The 19-year-old should prove to be a solid building block for the Red Wings moving forward.
Apr 27 - 7:40 AM

Detroit GM Ken Holland doesn't expect Pavel Datsyuk will be back next year.

He said that based on "past conversations" with Datsyuk and agent Dan Milsten, "I guess I would expect news that he's not coming back." He has one season remaining on his contract and if he leaves then the Red Wings will be left with his $7.5 million cap hit. He is expected to talk with Detroit after the World Championship about his decision.
Apr 26 - 3:06 PM

Tomas Tatar is dealing with a shoulder injury.

He will have an MRI on the ailment and the results will determine whether or not he plays in the 2016 IIHF World Championship with Slovakia.
Apr 25 - 3:07 PM

Jimmy Howard is open to be traded because he says it's part of the business.

Howard lost his starting job to Petr Mrazek during the 2015-16 season before getting it back down the stretch. Mrazek got back in the cage after Howard started the first two playoff games for the Red Wings. Detroit probably wants to move forward with Mrazek in the crease, but Howard's $5 million-plus salary until 2019 won't be easy to move.
Apr 25 - 2:21 PM

Tomas Tatar will play in the World Championships if he is recovered from an upper-body injury.

The tournament begins on May 6 and runs until the 22nd. If he isn't cleared to play then Slovakia will have to find a replacement.
Apr 25 - 1:47 PM

Pavel Datsyuk intends to meet with Detroit GM Ken Holland after the World Championships.

He will make a decision on his future after the tournament. Henrik Zetterberg said he has "good idea" of what Datsyuk will choose, but he wouldn't say. Still, it seems like Datsyuk will be in Russia next season based on all the speculation that has built up since it was mentioned as a possibility.
Apr 25 - 1:43 PM

Kyle Quincey is eligible for unrestricted free agency this summer.

In 47 games with the Red Wings in 2015-16, he recorded 11 points and averaged 19:45 of playing time per match. It's believed that he will be permitted to walk with Xavier Ouellet taking over his spot on Detroit's back end.
Apr 25 - 11:26 AM

Look for Andreas Athanasiou to have a bigger role with the Red Wings next season.

The 21-year-old speedster certainly impressed the Detroit coaching staff with his stint in the NHL this season and with his play in the playoffs. Athanasiou has seemingly passed prospects Tomas Jurco and Teemu Pulkkinen on the Wings' depth chart and could eventually settle into a second-line role with a number of expected departures. Keep an eye on Athanasiou.
Apr 23 - 8:06 AM

The Red Wings had only one player dealing with an injury during the playoffs.

That was Justin Abdelkader, who was playing with a dislocated finger. The rugged winger sustained the injury in a late-season game in Montreal. Needless to say, Abdelkader will be fully recovered by the time next season rolls around.
Apr 23 - 8:00 AM

Pavel Datsyuk will reportedly play for Team Russia in the 2016 World Championships.

With the Red Wings' playoff run over, Datsyuk's future remains unclear. He'll turn 38 in July and hasn't committed to returning for the 2016-17 campaign despite having a season left on his three-year, $22.5 million contract. He might decide to retire or play in the KHL next season, which would allow him to spend time with his 13-year-old daughter that lives in Russia, rather than continue his NHL career. If Datsyuk doesn't report to training camp, Detroit could suspend him to avoid paying his salary. It's also possible that they might trade him to a small market team interested in absorbing that cap hit to more easily stay above the floor.
Apr 22 - 4:12 PM

Pavel Datsyuk said he will take some time think about his future.

"I'm not thinking about two days or how many days," Datsyuk said after Detroit was knocked out of the postseason by Tampa Bay. "I need a little bit cool down and emotions go out and start thinking about it more." It originally sounded like he was leaning towards heading back to Russia for family reasons, but it appears as though he is wrestling with the decision a bit.
Apr 22 - 8:00 AM


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