Player News - Red Wings

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Libor Sulak is expected to attend training camp with the Detroit Red Wings.

Director of player evaluation Jiri Fischer said that Sulak, who was signed to an entry-level deal by Detroit back in May, will probably see some exhibition action. However, it is expected that he will play for Lahti in the Finnish Liiga in 2017-18. Detroit has been impressed with his development and Sulak could have a future in the NHL. "The Czechs invited him to their camp prior to the World Championship and every week he just kept getting better," Fischer said. "He was not a high-profile player, but by the end of the World Championship, he ended up playing top-four minutes for the Czech Republic. He did that in the quarterfinal against Russia, and Russia had some really good forwards like Nikita Kucherov and Artemi Panarin — guys that are elite in the world, elite in the NHL — and he did a good job. We have been watching him for the last several years and he has improved every year."
Jul 25 - 7:00 PM

Detroit goalie coach Jeff Salajko hopes that Petr Mrazek will show up for training camp "with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove."

Mrazek was exposed in the expansion draft, but Vegas didn't select him and he is still a member of the Red Wings. The 25-year-old netminder struggled last season, while losing the number one job to Jimmy Howard and even surrendering some starts to Jared Coreau. Mrazek didn't perform very well at the 2017 World Hockey Championship for the Czech Republic either. He has one more year left on his contract and he is expected to compete with Howard for starts in 2017-18.
Jul 24 - 9:23 AM

Jared Coreau will have to clear waivers to be sent down to the minors next season.

Coreau may be assigned to Grand Rapids because Detroit already has Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek on the roster. The Red Wings could also carry three goalies at the start of the season. "We're very comfortable with Jared as a third," goaltending coach Jeff Salajko said in early July. "I have no problem with him being the backup goalie, either. If we can keep Jimmy Howard healthy to play 50-55 games, I was comfortable with Jared in a role like that. But we obviously have Petr back - Vegas didn't have interest in him, so I'm hoping he comes in with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove." If Howard has injury issues or Mrazek struggles then Coreau could be an NHL option, but for now he is just a depth netminder.
Jul 24 - 9:14 AM

The Detroit Red Wings want Jimmy Howard to suit up in 50-55 games next season.

That obviously means they consider him to be their starting goalie going into 2017-18. Petr Mrazek, who opened last year as the starter, will likely serve as the backup, while Jared Coreau will probably be the third stringer. "We’re very comfortable with Jared as a third," goaltending coach Jeff Salajko said. "I have no problem with him being the backup goalie, either. If we can keep Jimmy Howard healthy to play 50-55 games, I was comfortable with Jared in a role like that. But we obviously have Petr back - Vegas didn’t have interest in him, so I’m hoping he comes in with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove."
Jul 23 - 11:41 AM

Tomas Tatar is thrilled to have signed a four-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings.

"I can’t be more happy," Tatar said. "I’ve been on my phone talking to (friends) in the Detroit area and it’s just been real nice. I have a very special relationship with the Red Wings. I was a huge fan and it’s a really big relief for me to stay and continue my NHL career in Detroit." At times it looked like there wouldn't be such a favorable ending. At one point he suggested that if he had to go through an arbitration hearing then the 2017-18 campaign would likely be his last with the Red Wings. Detroit and Tatar weren't able to reach a compromise before that hearing, but they managed to agree to this new contract before the arbitrator ruled. Had the arbitrator ruled before the two sides were able to agree to terms on their own, then they wouldn't have been able to re-sign until January. That all said, Tatar noted that the arbitration wasn't "close to as bad as people were picturing" and noted that the Red Wings were great throughout the process.
Jul 22 - 9:21 AM

Tomas Tatar has signed a four-year, $21.2 million contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings.

The two sides really waited until the last minute. Tatar and the Red Wings already went through their arbitration hearing, but because the arbitrator hadn't ruled yet, there was still a small window left for them to reach a compromise on their own. Tatar will come with a $5.3 million cap hit as a result of this deal. Based on previous reports, Detroit had offered Tatar a five-year, $25 million deal, but he rejected it as he was seeking $6 million to $7 million annually for six or seven years. It seems that the compromise was ultimately to agree to something with a shorter term. He had 25 goals and 46 points in 82 contests last season.
Jul 21 - 4:30 PM

Red Wings bench boss Jeff Blashill is confident that Detroit will make it back to the playoffs in 2017-18.

"I do think (general manager) Ken (Holland) did a good job of making our team better with what we did in the offseason here," Blashill said. "They’re not big splashes. I don’t think big splashes necessarily always make the difference. I think there is a great chance to make our team a little bit better. Now, let’s go to work once we get to camp." The Red Wings' main addition over the summer was defenseman Trevor Daley. As things stand, Detroit certainly has a real shot at making it back into the playoffs, but the Red Wings wouldn't be a favorite to do so.
Jul 21 - 6:52 AM

The Detroit Red Wings and Tomas Tatar weren't able to avoid an arbitration hearing.

Tatar and the Red Wings have consequently had to make their case to an arbitrator, who will name Tatar's salary within the next 48 hours. Tatar's requested salary was $5.3 million and Detroit countered with $4.1 million, but the arbitrator has the power to determine a middle ground as well. He's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer and did suggest that if it came to the point where a hearing was necessary then the 2017-18 campaign would likely be his last season with Detroit. The two sides will be able to begin negotiations on a long-term deal in January though. If he's still not signed to an extension by the trade deadline then it wouldn't be surprising to see Detroit trade him.
Source: MLive.com
Jul 20 - 11:44 AM

The Detroit Red Wings are looking at Givani Smith as someone that can battle around the net.

Smith has good size at 6-foot-2, 206-pounds and he uses that to his advantage. "He’s a big kid that can skate pretty well, he is physical, goes to the hard areas, and he has a nice little scoring touch, too," Red Wings director of player development Shawn Horcoff said. "I expect him to be really good this year, actually. I really like his work ethic." Smith had 26 goals, 44 points, and 139 penalty minutes in 64 OHL contests last season. He also had a brief stint in the AHL. The 19-year-old is projected to return to the OHL's Guelph Storm for the 2017-18 campaign.
Jul 20 - 5:49 AM

Martin Frk's recently signed one-year contract is a two-way agreement.

Frk can earn $650,000 at the NHL level or $300,000 in the minors. He had 23 goals and 50 points in 65 AHL games last season. He'll be someone to watch during training camp, though he'll have a tough time making the team's opening game roster.
Jul 19 - 7:34 AM

Martin Frk has inked a one-year contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings.

Frk had 23 goals and 50 points in 65 AHL games in 2016-17. He has a shot of making the Red Wings out of training camp, but it will be a bit of an uphill battle.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 18 - 2:49 PM

The Detroit Red Wings and Tomas Tatar have filed their salary requests ahead of their scheduled arbitration hearing.

The Red Wings have requested a salary of $4.1 million and Tatar's counter is $5.3 million. There is still a chance that the two sides will be able to comprise and avoid a hearing.
Jul 18 - 9:52 AM

The Detroit Red Wings would like Dennis Cholowski to model his game after Trevor Daley.

"Watching a guy like Trevor Daley, you can learn a lot from a guy like that," Red Wings director of player development Shawn Horcoff said. "A guy that can go back and just break the puck out. It’s such a valuable tool to have a defenseman that can go back, and with speed, turn the corner and with a couple of crossovers, he’s beaten everyone down the ice and then one nice pass and we’re on instant offense. Dennis has that ability, and those guys are tough to find. We’re going to try to make him one of those guys." Cholowski had a goal and 12 points in 36 games as a freshman with St. Cloud State last season. After that campaign he decided to turn pro and signed an entry-level contract with the Red Wings. He'll probably start the 2017-18 campaign in the minors.
Jul 18 - 5:59 AM

With time running out until Tomas Tatar's arbitration hearing, he's hoping that a contract can still be reached.

Tatar's hearing is scheduled for Thursday. "Detroit gave me a chance to start the NHL," Tatar said, per a translated interview in his native Slovak language. I hope I can continue and improve my (team). Detroit is a super organization full of excellent people. Despite everything positive, it's still business, and you will not influence decisions like this. Time will show … There is still time to agree." He also suggested that he should stop talking to the media about the process going forward. He made waves about a week ago when he expressed frustration with the process and suggested that if his case ended up going to a hearing that he would likely leave Detroit following the one-year arbitrator-appointed deal. A more recent report suggested that he wants a six- or seven-year deal in the range of $6 million to $7 million annually and has turned down Detroit's five-year, $25 million offer.
Jul 15 - 7:01 AM

Tatar has reportedly rejected a five-year, $25 million offer from the Detroit Red Wings.

Tatar is instead looking for a six or seven-year deal in the range of $6 million to $7 million annually. He has an arbitration hearing slated for Thursday, so this matter could be settled then with a one-year deal. If that happens though, Tatar has suggested that would probably be his last season if Detroit, according to a Slovakian interview. Tatar had 25 goals and 46 points in 82 games last season.
Source: MLive.com
Jul 14 - 4:29 AM


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