Player News - Red Wings

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Justin Abdelkader wants to remain in Detroit beyond this season but he knows that things don't always turn out the way you expect.

Obviously you want to stay but you also know it’s a business," Abdelkader said. "You just don’t know (what’ll happen). I’m just going to focus on having another good year and we’ll see what happens." The 28-year-old had a career-high 23 goals and 44 points for the Wings last season.
Aug 29 - 9:53 AM

Jakub Kindl views the arrival of new coach Jeff Blashill as an opportunity for a fresh start.

He was a healthy scratch for 33 of the final 41 games last year under former bench boss Mike Babcock. "He's got great ability," Blashill said in July. "He's done a good job persevering through tough times over the last few seasons. Hopefully he's putting himself in a good position to compete for a spot in training camp." Still, it will be difficult for Kindl to crack a top-six group that includes Niklas Kronwall, Danny DeKeyser, Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey, Brendan Smith and Mike Green.
Aug 28 - 11:01 AM

Detroit Red Wings trainer Piet Van Zant is encouraged by Pavel Datsyuk's recovery from ankle surgery.

"Piet watched him work out, told me he's in good spirits," GM Ken Holland said. "He's had no setbacks. He's doing lots of training. He's excited. He wants to feel 100 percent. He's happy about the surgery, what he's able to do at this point." Datsyuk is scheduled to be re-evaluated in mid-September by the doctor who performed his procedure. Holland thinks that Datsyuk's recovery is on schedule, which was set at a "minimum of three months." He could be available at the earliest in late October, but it wouldn't be surprising if he was held out a little longer due to his injury woes over the past couple of seasons.
Aug 25 - 11:57 AM

Daniel Cleary may end up signing with Detroit close to the start of training camp.

He might start the season with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins, depending on where the Red Wings stand with injuries. Johan Franzen requires medical clearance from a concussion last season and Pavel Datsyuk is recovering from ankle surgery, so they could start on long-term injured reserve to give Detroit some cap relief. It would also give Cleary a chance to be the team's 13th or 14th forward.
Aug 25 - 10:39 AM

Detroit GM Ken Holland is still hopeful that Johan Franzen (concussion) will be cleared to take part in training camp.

"Johan told me he's gotten better over the course of the summer," Holland said. "He's pushed himself hard to test it. So far, so good." He expects Franzen to pass his physical, but how he reacts to contact drills and preseason games will determine if he's ready for the start of the regular season. Franzen has been skating at Joe Louis Arena for more than a week, but he has suffered several setbacks.
Aug 25 - 10:30 AM

Petr Mrazek will become a restricted free agent after the 2015-16 campaign.

It would be great timing for his negotiations if he managed to wrestle away starts from Jimmy Howard. Mrazek is expected to compete with Howard for playing time this year after he was the team's goaltender of choice late in the regular season and during the playoffs. If he can start the majority of the games or prove that he can handle the number one role then he'll be able to lay claim to a significant raise.
Aug 24 - 12:26 PM

While it doesn't sound like the Detroit Red Wings are planning on trading Jimmy Howard anytime soon, Petr Mrazek may have a big leg up after 2014-15. puts it this way: "Howard likely will need to play significantly better than Mrazek in camp, in the preseason and early in the regular season to win back the job. If the competition is close, Mrazek likely will get most of the work for coach Jeff Blashill, who won the 2013 AHL Calder Cup in Grand Rapids with Mrazek."
Aug 22 - 12:01 PM

The 2015-16 campaign might be Kyle Quincey's last with the Detroit Red Wings.

He has one year left on his contract and is owed $4.25 million. Detroit has plenty of younger and cheaper options available with Alexey Marchenko, Xavier Ouellet, Nick Jensen and Ryan Sproul in the system. Quincey had success last season alongside Danny DeKeyser, but he is slated to play with Brendan Smith on the third pairing.
Aug 20 - 2:00 PM

Darren Helm can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2015-16 season.

Detroit will probably be looking to re-sign him before that happens, though. Helm became a top-six forward for the Wings last season, while posting new career highs with 15 goals and 33 points in 75 games. He will earn a salary of $2.5 million this year on a deal that carries a $2.125 million cap hit.
Aug 19 - 11:49 AM

The Red Wings have signed defenseman Robbie Russo on a two-year entry level deal.

Russo was a fourth round pick by the New York Islanders in 2011, but didn't sign. He notched 41 points in 40 games last season for the University of Notre Dame. The 22-year-old will likely head to Grand Rapids next season.
Aug 16 - 11:39 AM

Pavel Datsyuk is expected to have his surgically-repaired ankle looked at on Sept. 26 for a progress report.

That is about the three-month mark and it would come in the middle of the exhibition schedule. Datsyuk probably won't be ready to play until November. Injuries have limited him to 108 games over the past two seasons.
Aug 14 - 12:20 PM

Danny DeKeyser may play with newcomer Mike Green this season and if that happens then he's looking forward to the opportunity.

"He's a great player, has a great shot from the point, he moves the puck out of the defensive zone fast," DeKeyser said. "I haven't really talked to the coaching staff, I don't know what the pairings are, that's news to me, but he's a good player and if we end up paired together, it'll be a good combo." The 25-year-old feels he can learn things from Green this year and he's excited to be reunited with Jeff Blashill, who recruited him to Western Michigan and coached him in Grand Rapids.
Aug 13 - 11:57 AM

Vili Saarijarvi will play for the Flint Firebirds of the OHL this season.

He was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft (73rd overall). Shortly after that, he was selected by the Firebirds in the with the ninth overall choice of the CHL Import Draft. Flint GM Terry Christensen said, "the Detroit Red Wings scouting history, especially in Europe, has been second to none. Given that they felt good enough about Vili's abilities as a player and his character and that he could potentially play for their club one day, shows a stamp of approval on a player that we were highly interested in." Saarijarvi played for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL last year, where he posted six goals and 23 points in 57 games.
Aug 12 - 4:40 PM

The New York Islanders have reportedly been involved in contract talks with unrestricted free agent Marek Zidlicky for the past few weeks.

Clearly, the Isles have an interest in adding the offensive defenseman. Zidlicky produced seven goals and 34 points in 84 games last season with New Jersey and Detroit.
Aug 12 - 1:23 PM

Luke Glendening skated in all 82 games for the Red Wings last season, but he isn't taking anything for granted going into training camp.

"I don't know if 'comfortable' is the right word; you have to play like you're fighting for your job every day or you won't make it," said Glendening. "I need to make more steps to secure a spot but thought I took a step in the right direction. He had 12 goals and 18 points last campaign after he had one goal and seven points in 56 games during his rookie season in 2013-14. The additions of Brad Richards and Teemu Pulkkinen will create more competition at camp, but the injuries to Pavel Datsyuk (ankle) and Johan Franzen (concussion) has opened some spots.
Aug 12 - 11:14 AM

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