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Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and GM Ken Holland recently had a conversation about Babcock's future.

Babcock's contract is set to expire on June 30th and if he wants, he can walk as a free agent and likely get substantial offers from a variety of teams. Among the squads that are believed to be interested in his services are Philadelphia, Edmonton, Buffalo, and Toronto. "We talked about his situation, and now, we need a little time — I'm going to use the word 'stew' — to stew over what we talked about," Holland said of his conversation with Babcock. "Then, in a few days, we'll talk again. And eventually, that will lead to some decision. I don't have a handicap on the situation." Is hoping that this is concluded, or at least close to a resolution by the end of May.
May 5 - 10:16 AM

Stephen Weiss isn't sure if he'll have a role with the Detroit Red Wings in 2015-16.

"After the way things ended this year? No, not really," Weiss said. "I gotta earn a spot, there's no doubt about it. Similar as last season, I knew the same thing coming into this year. I was going to have to earn a spot, and I feel the same way next year." Weiss had nine goals and 25 points in 52 contests in 2014-15. He signed a five-year, $24.5-million contract with Detroit in the summer of 2013 and that's proven to be a bad deal for the Red Wings.
May 4 - 3:06 PM

Niklas Kronwall believes that the 2014-15 season was "wasted" by the Red Wings.

"It's another wasted year, almost," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "Any way you look at it, you want to be standing there in June — especially going out like this. This year, I definitely thought that we had the pieces, and it felt like we were getting better and better, playing some good hockey, did a lot of good things. It's a lot tougher to take when you feel like you should be playing right now." The elimination must hurt even more for Kronwall because he was suspended for the final game of the Red Wings' season.
May 3 - 10:27 AM

Mike Babcock admits that he doesn't know where he will end up next season.

"What I found is every time I speak right now, someone tries to read into what I say," Babcock said. "I wouldn't read anything into it, because there's nothing there. There is nothing because I don't know myself. And if you think I'm trying to snow ya or something, I'm not. I don't have any idea. I'm gonna go through it in a logical manner and make some decisions." Babcock's contract will run out this summer and he will definitely be one of the premium free-agents on the market.
May 3 - 10:23 AM

Teemu Pulkkinen, who tallied five goals and eight points in 31 games this season with Detroit, leads the Calder Cup in goals with five through four games for the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Pulkkinen didn't see any NHL postseason action, in case you're wondering. He did however score 34 goals and 61 points in 46 games for Grand Rapids during the regular season. Altogether, Pulkkinen has scored 44 goals and 74 points through 80 games.
May 2 - 8:17 PM

Luke Glendening played in Games 5 and 6 against Tampa with a 60 percent severed tendon in his right hand.

That must have hurt. Glendening was a real force in the playoffs shutting down all Tampa forwards except Tyler Johnson. He is a fine fourth-line checker but has no fantasy value.
May 2 - 10:01 AM

Justin Abdelkader played the last few games of the regular season and the playoffs with a fractured right middle finger.

He sustained the injury by blocking a shot in an April 4th contest against Minnesota but didn't miss any game action despite being in some pain. Gotta love hockey players!
May 2 - 9:56 AM

The injury that forced Marek Zidlicky to miss Game 7 against the Lightning was a concussion.

He sustained the injury on a late hit from Tampa's Brenden Morrow in Game 6. As the Red Wings are no longer in the playoffs, the 38-year-old Zidlicky will have plenty of time to recover before next season should he choose to continue his career.
May 2 - 9:50 AM

Kyle Quincey will have surgery to remove bone chips from his ankle next week.

Quincey played through much of the season and the playoffs with the injury and will now get his ankle cleaned up. He should be fine for the start of the 2015-16 campaign.
May 2 - 9:46 AM

Tomas Tatar will join Detroit teammate Tomas Jurco on the Slovakian team participating in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Hockey Championships currently taking place in Prague.

Tatar played for his home country in three previous international tournaments and is looking forward to doing so again. "I'm healthy so I'm heading home", Tatar said. "I feel like I owe the country a lot. I grew up there, they gave me a chance to become an NHL player so I want to go home and play for the team." He should be a fine addition to Team Slovakia.
May 2 - 9:41 AM

It appears that Jonathan Ericsson broke a toe during pre-game soccer with his teammates prior to Game One versus Tampa Bay.

Ericsson managed to play in all seven games versus Tampa Bay regardless, even if he was forced into duty at the end because Niklas Kronwall was suspended and Marek Zidlicky was concussed. Ericsson put home a pair of two-assist games along with five blocks, eight penalty minutes, and 18 hits.
May 1 - 7:18 PM

Jimmy Howard doesn't want the Detroit Red Wings to trade him over the summer.

Howard lost the starting job to Petr Mrazek for Detroit's playoff run, but he's willing to stick with the Red Wings. His plan is to compete for the starting gig during training camp. We wouldn't be surprised if Howard and Mrazek end up splitting the goaltending duties fairly evenly in 2015-16.
May 1 - 5:16 PM

Mike Babcock plans to make a decision about his future in the next 10 days.

Babcock can either choose to re-sign with the Detroit Red Wings or pursue employment elsewhere. If he decides to test the free agent waters, there will likely be quite a few teams interested in his services, including Philadelphia, Edmonton, Buffalo, and Toronto. Beyond that, Babcock hasn't revealed much, other than to say that he's not interested in becoming a general manager.
May 1 - 2:23 PM

Johan Franzen is still battling concussion symptoms.

"Last week there was optimism," GM Ken Holland said. "This week, he had a setback. The hope is with more time, he will feel back to normal. But before we make any decisions, he has got to feel good. Or if he continues to feel not normal, that is your body telling you something." The 35-year-old forward appeared in 33 games this season and he suit up in a match after Jan. 6 against Edmonton. His playing future is considered to be cloudy, but there have been some positive days during his recovery. Franzen was skating late in the year after he was barely able to leave his home for the first month.
May 1 - 8:52 AM

Coach Mike Babcock wants to win another Stanley Cup and it sounds like he has his doubts that will happen if he remains in Detroit.

"I would tell you this, our team is not as good as it was," Babcock said after the Wings were eliminated by Tampa Bay on Wednesday night. "It's very evident. (Tampa Bay) has a young team that was bad for a long time, and they were able to rebuild it. Our best players are 34, 35, 37, so any way you look at it, we're a team that has changed a ton of players, but on the outside, they don't pick us as Stanley Cup contenders." He also wants to become the highest-paid coach in NHL history and get some more personnel-decision responsibilities. Babcock becomes a free agent this summer.
May 1 - 8:42 AM

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