Player News - Red Wings

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The Boston Bruins have reached out to unrestricted free agent Marek Zidlicky.

Zidlicky had seven goals and 34 points in 84 games with New Jersey and Detroit last season. He could help the Bruins with the man advantage if they sign him. He wouldn't come close to replacing Dougie Hamilton in Boston, even in the short-term, but Zidlicky would still be a decent addition to the Bruins' blueline.
Jul 30 - 2:26 PM

Mitchell Callahan, who underwent ACL surgery in February, expects to be ready for Red Wings' prospects training camp in September.

Callahan signed a two-way deal with the Red Wings for the 2015-16 campaign, which means he'd make less if Detroit sent him to the minors. At the same time he would have to clear through waivers, so he might end up playing in the NHL this season even if it's not with Detroit. He had 16 goals and 38 points in 48 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Jul 27 - 7:37 PM

Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill referred to Mike Green as "my kind of player."

Blashill was talking about Green's puck moving ability, which is something he looks for in a blueliner. "The best defense is getting back the puck and moving it out of your zone. And I think he does that very, very well," Blashill said. Green is projected to play a big role with the Red Wings next season and should get over 40 points in 2015-16 as long as he stays relatively healthy.
Jul 27 - 9:32 AM

Red Wings' prospect Chase Perry will head back to junior hockey after one year at Colorado College.

Perry was Detroit's fifth-round pick in the 2014 Entry Draft. He had a rough season at Colorado College, as he finished with 1-8-1 record and a 3.97 goals-against-average to go along with a .876 save percentage. "We're supportive of that decision," said Wings' assistant GM Ryan Martin. "because at the end of the day, he's gotta find a place where he's going to play and develop. It did not appear that was going to be Colorado College." The 19-year-old will spend next season with the Wenatchee Wild of the British Columbia Hockey League.
Jul 26 - 9:44 AM

Tomas Jurco’s contract is worth $1.8 million over two years.

Jurco reached an agreement with the Red Wings on Friday. He will earn $850,000 next season and $950,000 the following year. The 22-year-old had three goals and 18 points last season.
Jul 25 - 12:38 PM

Red Wings' GM Ken Holland likes Tomas Jurco's upside.

Jurco and the Wings agreed to a new two-year contract on Friday and Holland likes what the young forward brings to the table. "This year, he wasn't able to produce as much, but I think that has a lot to do with age," said Holland. "We think he's got real good potential, but at the same time, with the addition of Brad Richards and the development of other young forwards, it's going to create good competition at training camp for roster spots, and Tomas Jurco is a player who has to claim a roster spot." The 22-year-old scored just three goals and 18 points in 63 games last season. The Wings will be looking for more production from him in 2015-16.
Jul 25 - 9:36 AM

Tomas Jurco has signed a two-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

With that, Detroit has settled matters with all of its restricted free agents. Jurco had three goals and 18 points in 63 games in 2014-15.
Jul 24 - 9:04 PM

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill thinks the expectations for Anthony Mantha were too high last season.

Mantha was coming off of a 120-point campaign in the QMJHL and went on to record 15 goals and 33 points in 62 AHL contests in 2014-15. "He got hurt two times during the season, and that made it difficult on him — especially at the beginning of the year, when you are establishing good habits," Blashill said in Mantha's defense. "And then right before the playoffs, in June." Blashill thinks that Mantha has the potential to be a great player, but he needs time to develop good habits in terms of how hard he's working. Mantha was so dominant at the junior level that he could get away with certain things, so now he has to adjust to a higher level that will ultimately hold him to a different standard. Mantha isn't expected to make Detroit out of training camp.
Jul 24 - 8:53 AM

Tomas Jurco is the Detroit Red Wings' last remaining restricted free agent.

Jurco had three goals and 18 points in 63 games last season. He's not tied to an arbitration hearing, so there's no hard deadline for Detroit to ink him. He's coming off of his entry-level contract.
Jul 23 - 7:58 AM

Teemu Pulkkinen has inked a one-year, $735,000 deal with the Detroit Red Wings.

Pulkkinen had five goals and eight points in 31 games with Detroit last season. He's projected to start the 2015-16 campaign with the Red Wings and is worth keeping an eye on as he also recorded 34 goals and 61 points in 46 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Jul 21 - 2:42 PM

Pavel Datsyuk's recovery from ankle surgery is reportedly taking longer than expected.

It now sounds like Datsyuk might not be ready to make his 2015-16 debut until November. That reinforces a report back in early July that also warned that he might need far longer than his original four-to-six week timetable to recover. We'll hopefully get more information between now and training camp, but as things stand he seems like a higher risk draft choice than normal, which is saying quite a bit given that he was already a risky choice given his age and recent injury history.
Jul 20 - 1:39 PM

Brendan Smith might find himself playing a bigger role for bench boss Jeff Blashill than he did under former coach Mike Babcock.

In particular, Smith might get regular minutes with the man advantage last season after averaging just 0:13 minutes per contests in 2014-15. "I think Brendan’s best offensive ability is roaming around below the tops of the circles," Blashill said. "If he's a weak-side guy on a power play, going to the net lots, he can retreat pucks because he's quick and he’s strong and he’s competitive. He's got good offensive instincts once he gets below tops of circles. I know at (the university of) Wisconsin he was on his off-side hitting one-timers." Smith had four goals and 13 points in 76 contests last season, but he was a much bigger contributor offensively at the AHL and NCAA levels.
Jul 17 - 10:46 AM

Louis-Marc Aubry has inked a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

Aubry had five goals, 16 points, and 52 penalty minutes in 67 AHL contests last season. The 23-year-old forward hasn't made his NHL debut.
Jul 15 - 9:33 PM

Nick Jensen has agreed to a two-year contract extension.

Jensen had 14 goals and 28 points in 59 AHL contests in 2014-15. The 22-year-old has played in 24 career NHL contests, scoring three goals and six points.
Jul 13 - 3:42 PM

Mitchell Callahan has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Detroit Red Wings.

Callahan had 16 goals and 38 points in 48 AHL games last season. His new contract will come with a $600,000 annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL.
Jul 13 - 11:34 AM

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