Player News - Red Wings

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Marek Zidlicky is fully committed to playing in the 2015-16 campaign.

Zidlicky was acquired by the Detroit Red Wings at the trade deadline and Detroit was happy with his performance. He's a right-handed shot, which is something the Red Wings were previously hurting for. It wouldn't be shocking if he re-signs with Detroit, but the Red Wings already have five defensemen under contract, not including RFA Brendan Smith, so his return is far from inevitable.
Jun 2 - 9:25 AM

Tyler Bertuzzi had a strong showing with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.

Bertuzzi was assigned to the squad after completing his campaign with the OHL's Guelph Storm. He scored a goal in two regular season games before recording another seven goals and 12 points in 13 playoff contests. "Bert has been really good," Griffins coach Jeff Blashill said. "He's come in and he's another guy whose game fits the playoff type of hockey that we're in. He wins puck battles, he goes to the net hard, and he has the ability to play with good players. He's been giving us a lot of everything." Detroit typically likes to allow its players to get plenty of seasoning in the minors before allowing them to play regularly at the NHL level, but Bertuzzi will still be worth keeping an eye on during training camp.
Jun 2 - 9:22 AM

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland has noted that he is waiting for their AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins to finish playing.

The Griffins are currently embroiled in their Western Conference Final for the Calder Cup, and an announcement on who the next Red Wings coach is supposed to follow suit. It seems reasonable to infer that this means Griffias head coach Jeff Blashill will step up to fill Mike Babcock's shoes, otherwise it'd be more prudent for Holland to start searching elsewhere immediately. Either way we'll all have to wait and see.
May 30 - 6:50 PM

Red Wings GM Ken Holland thinks Johan Franzen (concussion) will be ready by the time training camp starts.

Franzen hasn't played since Jan. 6 due to the injury. "I'm told he's working out every day," Holland said. "The expectation is that over the course of the summer, he's going to be healthy. I expect to see him in training camp. I expect to see him playing hockey next year. Until I hear otherwise, that's how I'm going to proceed." That being said, concussions don't tend to conform to a timetable and an update in late April suggested that he was still experiencing symptoms. We're saying Franzen won't be ready, but it seems reasonable to take a wait-and-see approach.
May 29 - 6:32 PM

Anthony Mantha hasn't lived up to his own expectations in his first AHL campaign.

Mantha had 15 goals and 33 points in 62 contests with the Grand Rapids Griffins. For a player that had 120 points in 57 QMJHL games in 2013-14, this was obviously a very different kind of season. "I expected a lot more from myself," said Mantha. "It was a hard season to adapt, coming back from an injury." The injury is question was a fractured left tibia, which he sustained during the Traverse City prospects tournament. That cost him the opportunity to play alongside Pavel Datsyuk in training camp. Mantha still has a ton of upside and it wouldn't be at all surprising to see him do much better next season.
May 29 - 10:10 AM

Jerome Verrier notched a pair of goals in Thursday's Memorial Cup tiebreaker between Rimouski and Quebec City to help the Remparts advance in the tournament.

Verrier had 15 points in 20 playoff games this season, as the undrafted 21-year-old is trying to make an impression in his final year of major junior eligibility.
May 28 - 10:34 PM

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland is expected to travel to Grand Rapids and speak to his top candidate Jeff Blashill for the Red Wings' coaching gig.

While there's surely no shortage of available options for Holland to choose from, he maintains that he hasn't "expanded the list." After spending 2011-12 as an assitant coach in Detroit, Blashill has spent the last three seasons as AHL affiliate Grand Rapids' head coach. The 41 year old Blashill has led the Griffins to exactly 46 wins in each 76-game season, winning the Calder Cup in his first campaign.
May 26 - 7:32 PM

Petr Mrazek doesn't plan to prepare for the 2015-16 campaign any differently, although he's obviously aware of the raised stakes.

Mrazek will enter the season in a competition with Jimmy Howard for the starting gig. He earned the right to fight for that spot by posting a 2.38 GAA and .918 save percentage in 29 regular season games. He was given the nod in the playoffs and nearly got Detroit past Tampa Bay in the first round with his 2.11 GAA and .925 save percentage in seven contests. "Only one goalie can play," Mrazek said. "I'm going to do my best to play as much as I want to and do the best job." Although many might regard Mrazek as the favorite at this point, we expect Howard to get every opportunity to bounce back and it wouldn't be at all surprising if they split the goaltending duties evenly in 2015-16.
May 25 - 6:07 PM

Joakim Andersson will be looking to play a bigger role offensively in 2015-16.

Andersson had just three goals and eight points in 68 contests in 2014-15. "I think I can do better," Andersson said. "I thought I had a solid playoff round, but I want to do better. Offensively, I gotta produce more." Andersson did better in his 2013-14 campaign when he recorded 17 points in 65 contests. It wouldn't be surprising to see him get back to that level.
May 25 - 10:09 AM

Jeff Blashill is hoping to be named the Detroit Red Wings' next head coach.

Blashill currently serves as the bench boss for Detroit's AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. At the age of 41, he's highly regarded and it wouldn't be at all surprising to see him assume the vacancy left by Mike Babcock. While Blashill has made his intentions clear though, he wants to first focus on Grand Rapids' playoff run. The team has advanced to the Western Conference Final.
May 22 - 10:43 AM

Dylan Larkin has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

He generated 15 goals and 47 points in 35 games during his first season with the University of Michigan in 2014-15. Larkin was the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He also signed an amateur tryout to be available to play in the AHL playoffs for Grand Rapids. The Griffins will begin their Western Conference Final series against Utica this weekend.
May 21 - 3:43 PM

After having responded well to his initial treatment, Gordie Howe will undergo his second round of stem cell therapy in Mexico in June.

After which, Gordie Howe will relocate to his son Murray's home in Toledo, Ohio. One of the goals of the treatment, aside from improving Mr. Hockey's overall quality of life at age 87, is to help get Gordie to another game at Joe Louis Arena. "We just take everything day to day," Gordie's son Mark said. "We're not expecting a miracle leap, but anything that improves his quality of life will be good." Here's hoping for the best Howe and his family.
Source: Ansar Khan
May 15 - 8:30 PM

The Detroit Red Wings will honor the late Matthew Wuest (founder of CapGeek) by renaming the trophy awarded to the NHL Prospect Tournament champion the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup.

Along with Wuest's work at CapGeek, tracking the salary information for all 30 NHL teams as well as accumulating historical data, Wuest created and maintained RedWingsCentral which provided rankings, scouting profiles and features focused on Red Wings prospects. He also curated statistical data, some of which was proprietary, about the players in the Traverse City tournament starting with its inception in 1998. Wuest, who lost his two-year battle with colon cancer at age 35 in March, was an integral part of the hockey community. Helping to bridge the gaps in understanding players throughout their careers for fans and upper management alike. For what it's worth, current Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg and perennial all-star Pavel Datsyuk are among the highest scoring alumni from the tournament.
May 15 - 6:41 PM

Dylan Larkin has impressed Red Wings GM Ken Holland in the 2015 World Championships.

Larkin, 18, is playing for Team USA. He was taken by Detroit the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. "Larkin has played well," Holland said. "It's a very tough tourney, and for an 18-year-old to play regularly is very good for his development." He had 15 goals and 47 points in 35 contests with the University of Michigan in 2014-15.
May 15 - 9:55 AM

Expected to be operational in 2020, the Gordie Howe International Bridge will join Detroit, Michigan, USA with Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

The $2.1B bridge will host six lanes, border inspection plazas, and connect directly to the I-75 expressway in Detroit and the 401 expressway in Ontario, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Thursday in Windsor. The US and Canada boast the largest bi-lateral trade relationship in the world with dual trades totaling $870B in 2014 alone, and the Detroit-Windsor crossing is the busiest single trade corridor in that relationship.
May 14 - 6:46 PM

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