Player News - Red Wings

Date: Team: Pos:

Vili Saarijarvi will have surgery on his injured wrist.

Saarijarvi will be out for roughly three months. The 19-year-old was Detroit's third round pick in 2015. Saarijarvi will play for the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL once he's back to full health. He had 12 goals and 43 points in 59 games this season.
Aug 24 - 5:51 PM

Tomas Jurco had minor back surgery to repair an injury he suffered while working out.

The start of Jurco's season might be in jeopardy. The 23-year-old played 44 games for the Red Wings and five games in the AHL. He'll serve as a depth forward when he returns to full healthy. Jurco won't have any fantasy value.
Aug 24 - 5:46 PM

Niklas Kronwall won't represent Sweden at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

Kronwall was named to the roster, but he'll have to withdraw because his isn't physically ready to play yet. The 35-year-old missed 18 games because of a knee injury in 2015-16.
Aug 24 - 12:39 PM

Henrik Zetterberg may start the year on a line with newly signed center Frans Nielsen.

With the team's acquisition of Nielsen and Dylan Larkin moving to center, it sounds like Zetterberg could be shifted to the wing this season. The plan is to give Larkin a chance down the middle, and certainly Nielsen is one of our top two center icemen," said GM Ken Holland. "We're thinking Zetterberg is going to play with Nielsen, so obviously if Nielsen is down the middle, Zetterberg is on the wing. Now, we have to also consider that Zetterberg and Larkin played real well together [last season]."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 23 - 11:52 AM

The Detroit Red Wings will move Dylan Larkin to center this season.

Larkin has been a centerman throughout his career, but the Wings wanted to ease the 19-year-old into the NHL by moving him to the wing in his first season. But that's all about to change. "That's our plan going into camp," said Red Wings GM Ken Holland. "He's obviously been a center his entire life. We drafted him as a center, but when you have guys like Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk down the middle, guys who are so good 200 feet, it's tougher. Dylan played with Zetterberg last season and Zetterberg took a lot of the responsibility off of Dylan to free him up to play the game. Long-term, the plan is that Dylan is going to be a center for us." The departure of Pavel Datsyuk almost forced Detroit to make this move. Larkin had 23 goals and 45 points in 80 games during his rookie season. He should improve those numbers in year two.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 23 - 11:18 AM

The Red Wings are talking to Daniel Cleary about playing for their AHL affiliate next season.

Cleary played 35 games with AHL Grand Rapids in 2015-16 and it appears as though Detroit liked having the veteran forward down there. The 37-year-old had some productive seasons in the NHL, but don't expect him to see much (if any) action with the big club if he decides to come back.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 16 - 2:04 PM

MLive.com expects Ryan Sproul to sign a one-year deal before the start of training camp.

Sproul is the only remaining RFA left for Detroit to sign. The 23-year-old has played just one NHL game and it was back in 2013-14. The young defenseman scored 12 goals and 35 points in 75 games with the AHL Grand Rapids. Sproul is out of options, which means he'll have to go through waivers to be sent back down to the AHL.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 16 - 1:59 PM

Henrik Zetterberg will captain Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey.

The captain of the Detroit Red Wings is the only player with World Cup experience. Henrik Lundqvist, Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin were on the 2004 roster as well, but they didn't get a chance to play in the tournament. This will be Zetterberg's 13th international appearance for Sweden and his second as team captain.
Aug 12 - 8:42 AM

Xavier Ouellet is slated to be a third-pairing defender in 2016-17 with Detroit.

Kyle Quincey was permitted to leave as a free agent and Ouellet can't be sent down without clearing waivers. Still, he will have to compete with Alexey Marchenko for playing time. The 23-year-old blueliner has appeared in 30 games for the Red Wings over the last three seasons.
Aug 10 - 5:18 PM

Ryan Sproul is a restricted free agent with an uncertain future with the Red Wings.

He needs to get a new contract worked out first and then he has to really rise in the ranks because he probably isn't higher than eighth on the depth chart. Sproul recorded 12 goals and 35 points in 75 games for Grand Rapids last season, but he can't return to the AHL this year without clearing waivers first. He has just one game of NHL experience in his career.
Aug 8 - 11:26 AM

Kyle Quincey is still available as an unrestricted free agent.

It's unclear what kind of interest he has generated on the open market, but he did struggle last season while appearing in only 47 contests for Detroit. However, he is a serviceable blueliner, who can log 19 minutes of ice time per game while picking up hits and blocks, so it's a bit surprising that he hasn't found a new team yet.
Aug 8 - 11:09 AM

Todd Bertuzzi likes his nephew Tyler's chances of making Detroit's roster.

"Not to go outside my realm here, but I think he's a player the Wings could use," Todd said. "He's an energy guy, good with the puck, and good defensively. ... I think there's a good possibility that if he has a very good camp and keeps his head small, goes in there and works hard, there's a good chance he shows them something." Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin said the team is high on Tyler Bertuzzi and he added that "it wouldn't be a surprise if he opened some eyes." If Bertuzzi doesn't make the team out of camp then he should see some NHL action at some point in 2016-17.
Aug 8 - 8:44 AM

Anthony Mantha will have to stand out to land a roster spot with Detroit.

The Red Wings signed UFAs Frans Nielsen, Thomas Vanaek and Steve Ott as well as re-signed Drew Miller and Darren Helm, so it's tighter up front than it would have been. Mantha is exempt from waivers so he will have to impress for Detroit to make room for him.
Aug 6 - 9:23 AM

Vili Saarijarvi has a minor injury at the National Junior Evaluation Camp, while playing Finland.

"He's dealing with a bit of a nagging injury, something minor," assistant GM Ryan Martin said. "Finland didn't have a great start, but played better the last few days. Vili looks good, he's doing a good job on the power play." Team doctors don't believe surgery is necessary. Saarijarvi will play for the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL this season after he posted 12 goals and 43 points in 59 contests for the Flint Firebirds last year.
Aug 6 - 8:37 AM

Luke Glendening (ankle) expects to be ready for training camp.

"So far, so good," he said. "Hopefully, it will keep turning in the right direction. We've had enough time off; I should be all set." Glendening has skated a few times during the summer after an ankle bone bruise hindered him at the end of 2015-16.
Aug 4 - 2:28 PM


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