Player News - Red Wings

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Although Pavel Datsyuk's ankle surgery originally came with a four-to-six week timetable, that might not prove to be the case.

There's been some concern that Datsyuk might not be ready for the start of the 2015-16 campaign. This is a situation you'll want to check back after the summer, but before your fantasy draft(s) as it will obviously have an influence on Datsyuk's value.
Jul 2 - 10:26 AM

Brad Richards is projected to serve as Detroit's number two center in 2015-16.

That said, if Pavel Datsyuk (ankle) isn't ready by the start of the season, then Richards will be asked to help fill that void. Richards is still a solid center at the age of 35, but he's a borderline player in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 2 - 10:24 AM

Brad Richards has agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

Richards will earn a base salary of $3 million, but that can climb to $4 million after factoring in bonuses. He had 12 goals and 37 points in 76 contests in 2014-15. It's worth keeping an eye on him during training camp to see who he's playing with, but he's not likely to have much fantasy value in 2015-16.
Jul 1 - 5:30 PM

The Red Wings have signed UFA reargaurd Mike Green to a three-year deal, $18 million.

Even though he can't stay healthy for a prolonged period of time and has defensive shortcomings, Green is still a very valuable NHL defenseman. He is even more valuable as a fantasy player due to his scoring capability and his ability to run a power play. We see Green as a nice fit for the Red Wings as he is provides a much-needed right-handed shot from the point and wouldn't be surprised if he averages .65 points per game. The question is, how many games will he play?
Jul 1 - 3:58 PM

Thomas McCollum has re-signed with Detroit on a one-year contract.

He appeared in 37 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2014-15, while posting a 19-11-7 record, a 2.40 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage. He will be Detroit's third-string netminder.
Jul 1 - 12:06 PM

Andy Miele has inked a one-year, $575,000 deal with the Detroit Red Wings.

It's a one-way agreement, which helps his chances of spending the full 2014-15 campaign with Detroit. He's an interesting case because at the age of 27 he has only participated in 15 NHL games. However, he excelled during his tenure with Miami University (Ohio) and has reached the 70-point mark in back-to-back AHL seasons.
Jul 1 - 11:45 AM

Stephen Weiss has been bought out of the final three years of his contract by the Detroit Red Wings.

After spending his first 11 seasons with the Florida Panthers, Weiss signed a five-year, $24.5M with Detroit starting in the 2013-14 season. However he only scored 29 points in 78 games over his first two seasons in Detroit due to a myriad of injuries. The Red Wings will carry a $1,066,666 cap hit the next two seasons, a $2,566,666 cap hit in 2017-18, and a $1,666,666 cap hit the final three seasons of the buyout.
Jun 30 - 5:33 PM

The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Brendan Smith to a two-year contract extension.

The Red Wings did not divulge the terms of the deal although sources indicate it's for $2.75 million per season. Smith finished the season with four goals and 13 points so do not expect him to be the next coming of Bobby Orr in your fantasy draft next season.
Jun 30 - 3:48 PM

Evgeni Svechnikov will attend Detroit's development camp this week in Traverse City.

Fellow first-round picks Anthony Mantha (2013) and Dylan Larkin (2014) will be in attendance as well. The camp begins Friday and runs through next Tuesday.
Jun 30 - 11:28 AM

As expected, Nicklas Lidstrom is part of the 2015 class for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

He was elected by a selection committee of 18 on Monday and will be inducted into the Hall on Nov. 9 in Toronto. His 20-year NHL career, all with the Red Wings, saw him play 1,564 games (fourth among defensemen) and he racked up 1,142 points. Lidstrom's trophy case includes four Stanley Cups, seven Norris Trophies, a Conn Smythe Trophy and an Olympic Gold Medal. He was a lock to be inducted and it is easy to see why he is considered one of the greatest defensemen ever. Joining Lidstrom in the Hall of Fame will be Sergei Fedorov, Chris Pronger, Phil Housley, Angela Ruggiero, Peter Karmanos and Bill Hay.
Jun 29 - 4:51 PM

Dylan Larkin is going to be given a chance to make Detroit's roster out of training camp, according to GM Ken Holland.

Holland sounds far more willing to give the younger players in Detroit's system an opportunity to play than seeking help via free agency or trades. Larkin has impressed the Wings' brass on the international stage when he has represented Team USA and during the AHL playoffs when he skated briefly with Grand Rapids.
Jun 29 - 11:04 AM

Teemu Pulkkinen is expected to be with the Red Wings to start the 2015-16 campaign.

He is out of minor league options, so he's expected to get the full NHL experience next year after he played in 31 contests with Detroit in 2014-15. Pulkkinen generated five goals and eight points at the NHL level, but he excelled in the AHL with 34 goals and 61 points in 46 matches. He also added 14 markers and 18 points in 16 playoff outings for Grand Rapids.
Jun 29 - 10:54 AM

Expect Nicklas Lidstrom to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame when the next class is announced on Monday.

Lidstrom played in 1564 games in his NHL career (all with Detroit) and he amassed 264 goals and 1142 points during that span. The now 45-year-old last played in 2011-12. Lidstrom won four Stanley Cups (1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008), as well as seven Norris Trophies, a Conn Smythe Trophy and an Olympic Gold Medal. He is clearly one of the greatest defenseman the NHL has ever seen.
Jun 28 - 2:01 PM

The Detroit Red Wings drafted two right-handed defensemen on day two of the NHL Draft.

The Wings selected Vili Saarijarvi and Patrick Holway in the third and sixth rounds respectively. Detroit identified an organizational need and to their credit, they went out and addressed it in the draft. "It's been widely talked about and you guys have talked about it extensively, and we have to," Director of Amateur Scouting Tyler Wright said. "If you don't draft any right-handed defensemen, you don't have any in your system." Time will tell if these two prospects will be developed into NHL players.
Jun 28 - 11:47 AM

Evegeni Svechnikov, Detroit's first-round pick (19th overall) in Friday's entry draft is really stoked to be in Detroit.

That is because, his idol, Pavel Datsyuk, is on the team. In fact the first words Svechnikov said after he was selected and came on the stage was "Pavel Datsyuk". Svechnikov is pegged to be a top-six forward with the Wings but that won't be for a few seasons as he will return to Cape Breton of the QMJHL in 2015-16. His bromance with Datsyuk will have to wait.
Jun 27 - 10:40 AM

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