Player News - Red Wings

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Martin Frk will have to impress at training camp to land a roster spot with the Red Wings.

Detroit coach Jeff Blashill stated that Frk will have to be great on the power play if he is going to land a spot in the NHL. "Marty Frk has done a great job of scoring goals," Blashill added. "He is a really good shooter. He plays his best hockey when he is confident. Can he continue into the NHL? It just depends. He plays more minutes in the American league than he will play in the NHL when he gets his chance, or if he gets his chance, and the hard part in that is maintaining that confidence to be able to play at the same level when you are not playing as many minutes."
Jun 26 - 10:45 AM

Gustav Lindstrom was taken by Detroit with the 38th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Director of European scouting Hakan Andersson was very pleased with the selection. "He is a good all-around defenseman," Andersson said. "Competes well, has a good first pass, good shot. I can't tell you he has an Erik Karlsson upside, but one name that comes to mind is the guy in Anaheim — Jacob Larsson. Just a good, all-around player. A lot of teams thought they would get him in later rounds. You tell him something, and he learns." The 18-year-old blueliner spent most of the 2016-17 campaign in Sweden's second division (Allsvenskan) with Almtuna IS.
Jun 26 - 10:35 AM

The Red Wings may be looking for a bargain veteran defenseman this summer.

The Wings don't want to pay a lot of money to a free agent nor do they want to inherit a long-term contract with significant dollars attached to it. But they do want to find a veteran defenseman to bolster their blueline. There are a few unrestricted free agents and players who may be available in a deal that interest Detroit. Dan Girardi or Trevor Daley are two players who may be willing to come to The Motor City on a one or two-year deal. Stay tuned.
Jun 25 - 8:03 AM

The Detroit Red Wings have selected Keith Petruzzelli in the third round (88th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Red Wings have Jimmy Howard, Petr Mrazek and Jared Coreau between the pipes, but adding another youngster in the pipeline isn't a bad decision. Petruzzelli is a giant between the pipes, as he’s 6-foot-6 and 180 pounds. For a goaltender of his size, he flashes some incredible athleticism, which is rather impressive. He finished his rookie season in the USL with a strong 2.40 goals-against-average (that’s a new franchise record for the Muskegon Lumberjacks) and a .918 save percentage. He also became the first goalie to win the MVP of the USHL/NHL top prospects game. On top of that, he also managed to score a goal this season. The 18-year-old will head off to Quinnipiac University next season. He’s a few years away from contributing at the NHL level, but he has the potential to become a number one goalie.
Jun 24 - 11:34 AM

Michael Rasmussen was hoping the Detroit Red Wings would draft him in the first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

That's exactly what ended up happening, as the Wings made him the ninth overall pick. "One of my hopes was going to Detroit and I didn’t know I would be lucky enough for them to pick me," Rasmussen said. "My combine meeting went really well and in my mind, it was a place I really wanted to go and it’s a dream come true." The 6-foot-6, 221-pound forward can develop into a heavy scoring forward, but he'll likely need more time in the junior ranks. Some in the Red Wings organization have compared him to Tomas Holmstrom.
Jun 24 - 9:11 AM

Michael Rasmussen has been picked with the ninth overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Listed at 6-foot-6 and 221 pounds, Rasmussen is clearly one of the biggest players available in the draft. Not only is he huge, but the 18-year-old can also play the game at a high level. In his second full WHL season with the Tri-City Americans, Rasmussen put up 32 goals, 55 points and 50 penalty minutes in 50 games. He also moves pretty well for a player of his size. As good as he is, Rasmussen needs to find a way to be a more consistent with his effort on a game-in, game-out basis. Like most players with his combination of age and size, Rasmussen will need some time to develop before he can help the Red Wings.
Jun 23 - 8:03 PM

Jimmy Howard should be expected to be Detroit's number one goaltender next season.

The team chose to expose Petr Mrazek in the expansion draft and it looks like the 25-year-old netminder has quickly fallen out of favor with the organization. If Mrazek isn't selected by the Golden Knights then the Red Wings may look to trade him during the off-season. Howard played great last season, but injuries have held him back over the past two years.
Jun 21 - 9:12 AM

Detroit GM Ken Holland has confirmed that he doesn't have any side deals in place with the Golden Knights, so Petr Mrazek will be available in the expansion draft.

As expected, Holland declined to comment on Detroit's protection list and he won't explain his reason for exposing Mrazek. "We had a tough year. We're trying to build our team," Holland said. "I'm not spending any future assets to hang onto players." Some pundits think that Vegas could take Mrazek and others believe that they could try to flip him to another team. It's rumored that Mrazek has fallen out of favor with the Red Wings because of performance and attitude, but it won't do them any good to discuss things like that because he could be back with the organization next year. If he isn't selected in the expansion draft then Detroit may look to trade him in the off-season.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 20 - 10:24 AM

The Red Wings' decision to expose Petr Mrazek in the expansion draft over Jimmy Howard just adds to the intrigue for the team going into the 2017-18 campaign.

Vegas might take Mrazek given the 25-year-old's potential, but he's coming off a down season where he posted a 3.04 GAA and .901 save percentage in 50 games. He also comes with a $4 million cap hit, so it wouldn't be surprising if the Golden Knights look elsewhere for their goaltending needs. However, the Red Wings decision to expose Mrazek not only suggests that he's not the clear number one goaltender for 2017-18 - which isn't surprising given the season he had - but also that Detroit might not see him as its goaltender of the future anymore. If the Red Wings were convinced that Mrazek would be their best option in the long-term, then they would have probably protected him over the 33-year-old Jimmy Howard even if Howard was coming off a stronger campaign. As things stand though, Mrazek's future is somewhat murky. Mrazek can become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2017-18.
Jun 18 - 3:12 PM

The Red Wings have made goalie Petr Mrazek available to the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Wings chose to protect Jimmy Howard over Mrazek. The Red Wings' protected list reads as follows: Justin Abdelkader, Andreas Athanasiou, Anthony Mantha, Frans Nielsen, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Henrik Zetterberg, Danny DeKeyser, Mike Green, Nick Jensen and Howard. Key targets for the Golden Knights are Mrazek, who could be Vegas' staring goalie, Tomas Nosek and Xavier Ouellet.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 11:01 AM

The Detroit Red Wings reportedly exposed Xavier Ouellet in the upcoming expansion draft.

The Vegas Golden Knights will be allowed to take him if they're interested in him. The 23-year-old was Detroit's second-round pick, 48th overall, in 2011. He had three goals and 12 points in 66 games last season.
Jun 17 - 7:26 PM

The Detroit Red Wings are unwilling to give up draft picks in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights.

It's already been reported that a few teams are willing to give up draft picks to Vegas so that they won't lose a key piece of their organizations for nothing in the expansion draft, but the Wings aren't one of them. That's probably the wisest decision for Detroit because they're beginning a rebuild (even if they won't admit it). One player the Red Wings might lose is goaltender Jimmy Howard. Teams have until 3:00 p.m. ET today to make trades. The protection lists for the expansion draft need to be submitted by 5:00 p.m. ET.
Jun 17 - 10:05 AM

The Detroit Red Wings have made Martin Frk a qualifying offer.

Frk has completed his entry-level contract. He'll turn 24 in October and has only played in two career NHL games, but he's coming off a great season in the AHL where he scored 27 goals and 50 points in 65 contests. He recorded another 15 points in 16 playoff games en route to the Grand Rapids Griffins winning the Calder Cup.
Jun 16 - 5:55 PM

Jared Coreau has helped guide the Grand Rapids Griffins to a Calder Cup championship.

Coreau posted a 2.84 GAA and .909 save percentage in 19 games during the Griffins' playoff run. He made 29 saves in the Griffins' 4-3 victory against Syracuse in Game 6. "He proved a lot of people wrong," Grand Rapids coach Todd Nelson said. "There were people who said he couldn’t win big games. He won the biggest one tonight." Coreau appeared in 14 games with Detroit in 2016-17, but he struggled in the NHL with a 3.46 GAA and .887 save percentage. He can go into the summer on a great note now though.
Jun 15 - 4:31 AM

Daniel Cleary has decided to end his playing career.

Cleary was technically a player with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins for the 2016-17, but rather than play in contests he instead served as an unofficial coach. In that role he helped the team with the Calder Cup while also guiding the team's prospects, like Tyler Bertuzzi. "He’s been here for two years and been a great mentor for a lot of guys," Bertuzzi said. "We appreciate him being here and what he does for us." It wouldn't be surprising to see Cleary hired as a coach this summer. As for his playing career, it spanned 938 regular season games and an additional 121 playoff contests, including Detroit's Stanley Cup championship in 2008.
Jun 15 - 4:28 AM


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