Player News - Red Wings

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The Detroit Red Wings don't have an analytics person yet, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock thinks that will change soon.

"The bottom line is the NFL and Major League Baseball, they have been way ahead of us in this area," Babcock said. The NHL establishment seems to be getting increasingly warm to the idea of using fancy stats as another tool to help evaluate players. It's not a replacement of scouting and traditional player evaluation, but it can be used to complement those methods.
Jul 23 - 5:05 PM

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland sees no reason to change his philosophy of taking a slow and steady approach with the development of prospects.

"Our goal is to try (to) win another Stanley Cup, and in order to get there, our young people need to be brought along properly," Holland said. The Red Wings are known for having their young players get plenty of seasoning in the AHL before becoming regulars at the NHL level. Still, the Red Wings are starting to see the benefits as the next generation of Red Wings, including Gustav Nyquist and Riley Sheahan are starting to play prominent roles with the team.
Jul 21 - 4:11 PM

Restricted free agents Dan DeKeyser and Tomas Tatar, both important players with the Red Wings, are not close to re-signing with the club.

"We’ve talked and continue to talk, but nothing close," Detroit general manager Ken Holland said. Holland said he made Tatar an offer recently that is being mulled over. "Tats is overseas, and I’m waiting to hear back. On the DeKeyser front, we met them in early June. We talked briefly at the draft, and we haven’t really talked much in July. I’ve made what I think are pretty good offers. They haven’t really countered. We’re just in the waiting process." DeKeyser, 24, scored four goals and 19 assists for 23 points in 65 games last season, his first full one in the NHL. He had no points in five playoff games. Tatar, 23, has 24 goals and 23 assists for 47 points in 100 career NHL games. In his first full season with the Wings last season, he scored 19 goals and 20 assists for 39 points in 73 games.
Jul 19 - 10:25 AM

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock countered the notion that free agents aren't signing with Detroit because they don't want to play for him.

The theory goes that Babcock has a reputation for being a tough guy to work for and players would sooner choose a more relaxed environment when given the option. "Maybe they don't want to come because Mike Babcock has a one-year contract," Babcock suggested. "The way I look at it here, if you don't want to be coached, don't come here. If you want to be pushed to be the best that you can be, that's what we do here. You know what? The proof is in the pudding." He added that if the Red Wings are worried about him driving away free agents, then he should coach somewhere else. He has a season left on his contract with Detroit and won't negotiate during the 2014-15 campaign. He's led Detroit to the Stanley Cup and has guided Team Canada to back-to-back gold medals in the Winter Olympics.
Jul 18 - 9:25 AM

The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed Andrej Nestrasil to a one-year deal.

Nestrasil had 16 goals and 20 assists in 70 games with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins in 2013-14. He's not expected to have any fantasy value next season.
Jul 17 - 1:16 PM

Mitchell Callahan has inked a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings.

Callahan scored 26 goals and 44 points in 70 AHL games last season. He's likely to start the 2014-15 campaign in the minors, but he might be called up at some point as an injury replacement.
Jul 17 - 1:15 PM

Daniel Cleary wants to prove those that question his contract wrong.

Cleary agreed to a one-year deal worth at least $1.5 million and up to an additional $1 million in bonuses. That's significant given how much he's declined in recent years. His 2013-14 campaign was another low for him as he had just eight points in 52 games. "You want to prove people wrong," said Cleary. "My main objective is get healthy and play the way I know I can. Last year was a tough year." He might do a bit better this season if he can stay healthy, but we wouldn't count on him having any fantasy value in standard leagues.
Jul 17 - 9:59 AM

Mike Babcock, who only has a year left on his contract, isn't willing to negotiate during the 2014-15 campaign.

"By that time (regular season), it's hockey," Babcock said. "It's about the team. It's not about Mike Babcock." He's not worried about the fact that he's on the last season of his contract, nor should he be. It's very likely that he will have other teams that would jump at the opportunity of hiring him if his talks with the Red Wings break down for whatever reason.
Jul 15 - 9:30 AM

Tony Granato will serve on the Detroit Red Wings' coaching staff next season.

Granato is a former player and head coach. He had two stints as the Colorado Avalanche's bench boss and combined for a 104-78-17-16 record. Since 2009, he's served as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he was let go this summer.
Jul 14 - 5:01 PM

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says he has received positive health reports on several of his previously injured players, including star forward Henrik Zetterberg.

"The biggest thing is health," Holland said. "If we can get to training camp (Sept. 19) and get (Zetterberg and others) on the ice, we're optimistic we [have] the potential to be a decent hockey club." Zetterberg missed 37 regular-season games last season. He had in-season surgery on a herniated disk that later caused problems with his foot. The Wings' other star, Pavel Datsyuk, also missed 37 games with a left-knee injury and offseason surgery was considered. But Holland says Datsyuk also is progressing well.
Source: nhl.com
Jul 13 - 12:05 PM

Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) is expected to be fine for the start of training camp.

"(Trainer) Piet Van Zant texted him two days ago," Red Wings GM Ken Holland said regarding Weiss. "He said he's feeling great, he's training hard; he's played some shinny (pick-up hockey)." Weiss had just four points and 12 penalty minutes in 26 games in 2013-14. After a lackluster summer for Detroit, they'll be counting on Weiss to bounce back.
Source: MLive.com
Jul 11 - 11:08 PM

The Detroit Red Wings have officially re-signed Thomas McCollum.

McCollum got a two-way contract if the earlier reports are accurate, which obviously makes sense given that he's likely to start the season in the minors. McCollum will probably be called up if Jimmy Howard or Jonas Gustavsson get hurt, which is likely to happen at some point during the 2014-15 campaign given their histories.
Jul 11 - 3:01 PM

Daniel Cleary is hoping to bounce back in 2014-15.

Cleary inked a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings after recording just eight points in 52 games last season. "My program has been one of loyalty, and there's good things and bad things that go with that," Red Wings GM Ken Holland said on re-signing Cleary despite his struggles. "Way more good, in my opinion. I reached out to a lot of people before signing Dan, and he's very popular in our organization and with our on-ice leaders." Perhaps Holland will be rewarded for taking a chance on Cleary, but we doubt it. We think Cleary's days as a reliable secondary scorer are over.
Jul 11 - 9:50 AM

Daniel Cleary has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings.

Cleary will earn $1.5 million in base salary, but he can make an extra $1 million in bonuses. He had four goals and eight points in 52 games in 2013-14.
Jul 10 - 4:44 PM

Alexei Marchenko is looking to impress during development camp after missing the second half of the season due to a high-ankle sprain.

Marchenko was selected as an AHL All-Star prior to the injury. It was his first season in the AHL after getting his start with the KHL's CSKA Moscow. He might prove to be a valuable defender for the Red Wings down the road, but he doesn't have much offensive upside.
Jul 6 - 9:23 AM


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