Player News - Red Wings

Date: Team: Pos:

Brian Lashoff may find himself as Detroit's seventh defenseman this season.

He played 75 games last year, most of which paired with Jakub Kindl, and now he'll compete with Kindl for the sixth spot on the blueline at training camp. The stay-at-home defender posted 93 blocks and 65 hits, along with six points in 2013-14.
Source: Mlive.com
Aug 28 - 6:11 PM

Daniel Alfredsson decision to play this coming season probably won't come until just before Sept. 18, according to Detroit GM Ken Holland.

That is the date when players are set to report for training camp. "I haven't talked to him in about a month," Holland said. "He's training hard. He's training to play. He does want to play. When I last talked to him, he said he felt good — he wanted to feel great. He would love to play another year. He wants to play for us. He only wants to play if he feels he can contribute. The best test for him is to skate a couple weeks prior to training camp." Holland plans to touch base with Alfredsson next week.
Aug 27 - 4:45 PM

Nicklas Lidstrom turned down a coaching position from the Red Wings because of family reasons.

Head coach Mike Babcock reached out to Lidstrom in June, but his offer was declined. "It's true that he called and asked if I was interested in taking one of the spots as an assistant coach for the upcoming season," Lidstrom told Sweden's Sport Expressen over the weekend. "I was very proud of the offer, it was really flattering." He added that his decision to coach in the NHL could change down the road.
Source: Toronto Sun
Aug 26 - 11:27 AM

Jordin Tootoo remains an unsigned free agent.

He was bought out by the Detroit Red Wings and reportedly turned down a two-way offer from the Winnipeg Jets. Tootoo probably wouldn't be a fit to return to Nashville, but he still could be a physical presence somewhere in the NHL.
Aug 25 - 3:09 PM

Coming off a successful rookie season where he notched 24 points in 42 games, Riley Sheahan will arrive at Red Wings camp with a roster spot and a fresh $1.9 million two-year contract.

But Sheahan faces a tough challenge for ice time this season with a healthy Wings squad. The 22 year-old broke into the NHL midway through last season when the team was decimated with injuries. Among Sheahan’s assets are his size, defensive zone play and his ability to maneuver the puck. If the veterans stay healthy and pieces like Stephen Weiss and Darren Helm rebound for productive seasons, Sheahan is looking at a bottom-six role with the potential to move up if his offensive skills shine.
Aug 24 - 12:50 PM

Johan Franzen still has six seasons left on his contract, but for now the Wings don't have any intention of trading him.

There was some thought that he could be a buyout candidate, but that didn't help either. Franzen can rack up points at a high rate for stretches even though injuries and inconsistency eventually limit his production. He's typically good for more than 20 goals when he stays healthy and his cap hit checks in at just under $4 million, so it makes sense that Detroit isn't interested in parting ways with him. For fantasy owners he is a bit more of a headache, though.
Aug 22 - 2:13 PM

Stephen Weiss believes he can be productive this season after dealing with a sports hernia problem in 2013-14.

"I'm confident," Weiss said. "I know I can play the game and I'm a threat on the team as a No. 2 center with those two guys [Datsyuk and Zetterberg] coming out first. We should be able to do some damage if we're healthy." He has been working hard since his second surgery on April 21 and he'll be ready to go in training camp.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 21 - 6:54 PM

Expectations will be higher on Gustav Nyquist this upcoming season.

The good news is that he's expected to be placed in situations where he can succeed. Nyquist is slated to start the season on one of Detroit's top-two lines and he'll get time on the power play. He registered 28 goals and 20 assists in 57 games last year. Nyquist has the skill to be a regular 20-goal threat and he should threaten the 30-goal mark again in 2014-15.
Aug 21 - 2:44 PM

Todd Bertuzzi spoke a little to the Detroit Free Press a day after reaching a settlement in his long-standing court case with Steve Moore.

"I have never spoken about this case," Bertuzzi said Wednesday. "I won't speak of it now. To all my fans, to all the teams and teammates I have played with and to all my friends, thank you. Thank you." Moore's career ended after he was attacked by Bertuzzi in game back on March 8, 2004. Bertuzzi is currently an unrestricted free agent.
Aug 21 - 2:27 PM

Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore have reached a settlement out of court, according to Sportsnet’s Michael Grange.

We don't have details yet, but the Moore-Bertuzzi litigation is finally over after 10 years. Moore's career was ended by Bertuzzi in an on-ice incident back in March 2004 and he was seeking $68 million in damages from Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks. Bertuzzi is currently an unrestricted free agent after he recorded 16 points in 59 games with the Red Wings last season.
Aug 19 - 11:20 AM

Legal representatives for Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore are discussing a negotiated (out of court) settlement, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

The discussions are believed to be close, but no legal agreement is currently in place. McKenzie reports that "a negotiated settlement to avert a trial is a possibility." Bertuzzi and Moore have a civil trial scheduled for Sept. 8.
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 19 - 9:22 AM

Drew Miller wants to contribute more offensively this season.

Miller produced seven goals and 15 points in 82 games last year. "I want to definitely improve on my points from last year," he said. "I had a lot more chances to score last year ... just didn’t put the pucks in the net. That's something I've worked on this summer, shooting pucks, a quicker release." His career high for points in a season came in 2011-12 when he generated a total of 25 and it would be surprising if he hit the 20-mark in 2014-15.
Aug 18 - 12:34 PM

Detroit GM Ken Holland said a decision on Daniel Alfredsson may not come until mid-September.

He may attend the Red Wings' camp on a tryout basis, so that he can skate with the team while something gets worked out.
Aug 15 - 5:18 PM

Once Dan DeKeyser gets a new contract, he'll be looking to build off his first full season.

He wants to establish himself as a top-four blueliner on the Wings and improve on his numbers from last year. DeKeyser had four goals and 23 points in 65 games last season. He would like a long-time deal and he's confident that something will be worked out before training camp.
Aug 15 - 4:47 PM

Detroit has signed executive vice president and GM Ken Holland to a new four-year contract.

"Ken is regarded as one of the premier executives in the National Hockey League and has been instrumental in the success of the Red Wings over the last two decades," said Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch. "Marian and I are extremely pleased that he will continue to lead our hockey club over the next four years. We feel strongly that stability is key to the success of any organization and having this new agreement in place with Ken is important to the organization and its future." Holland has been Detroit's general manager for the past 17 seasons and his extension will keep him with the organization through 2017-18 campaign.
Aug 14 - 11:02 AM


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