Player News - Red Wings

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Tomas Jurco would prefer not to start the upcoming season in the minors.

"It would hurt," Jurco said. "Every player wants to play in the NHL. But it's a kind of a business, and if I'm going to start there, I'm going to play my best hockey and hopefully I'll move up here early in the season." He produced eight goals and 15 points in 36 appearances with Detroit last year. Jurco will look to earn a roster spot with the big club out of training camp.
Sep 17 - 12:26 PM

Dan DeKeyser'a two-year contract with the Red Wings is worth $4.375 million.

"He's one of our of top-four defensemen, he's become one of our most important players," Red Wings GM Ken Holland said. "This probably took a little longer than both sides wanted, but when you look around the league there weren't many comparables." He's unlikely to garner much fantasy attention heading into the 2014-15 season, but he has the potential to warrant consideration if he offensive game continues to develop.
Sep 17 - 12:20 PM

An unfortunate update on Daniel Alfredsson: he won't participate in at least Detroit Red Wings training camp as he's seeing back specialists.

Could this be it for the long-time veteran? The 41-year-old would leave an outstanding legacy behind with 444 goals and 1,157 points in 1,246 career NHL regular season games. He was still pretty productive last season, yet the Red Wings seemed reluctant to commit to him in 2014-15. That hesitance will only grow now.
Sep 16 - 5:46 PM

The Detroit Red Wings signed Dan DeKeyser to a two-year contract on Tuesday.

This one came right down to the wire as far as the defenseman's stated goal in participating in training camp is concerned. The 24-year-old seems to have solid if unspectacular potential in fantasy terms; he scored four goals and 23 points in 65 games last season while compiling 30 PIM and averaging 21:38 TOI. Nothing amazing, but if he continues to grow he should be a solid depth D option in fantasy.
Sep 16 - 5:23 PM

Daniel Alfredsson (back) might miss the start of training camp.

"I'm not sure if he'll be able to report to camp on Wednesday," GM Ken Holland said. "I want to see how he's feeling and talk to his agent. I also want to talk to Alfie in the next 24 hours." Alfredsson didn't take to the ice on Monday after he tweaked his back last week. The veteran winger is trying to decide if he'll return for another season, but lingering back issues could stand in the way.
Sep 15 - 5:04 PM

Darren Helm (groin) skated briefly on Monday.

"He had a bit of a tender groin last week and at this time of the year we encourage guys to not push it," GM Ken Holland said. "We expect everything is good going forward." Helm was limited to 42 games last season due to injuries and he missed seven contests with a groin ailment.
Sep 15 - 4:59 PM

Aaron Rome has been invited to attend training camp with the Detroit Red Wings.

He picked up one assist and a minus-6 rating in 25 games for the Dallas Stars last season.
Sep 15 - 4:55 PM

Dan DeKeyser is getting "kind of anxious" regarding his contract situation with the Detroit Red Wings.

"Hopefully, something gets done soon, because camp is only a few days away," he said. GM Ken Holland said he spoke with DeKeyser's agent on Monday and they'll continue talks on Tuesday.
Sep 15 - 3:57 PM

Red Wing rookie defensemen Alexei Marchenko, Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul may have a chance to crack the Detroit lineup out of training camp.

There is a lot of uncertainty on the Detroit blueline, especially when forecasting the last two spots. Jonathan Ericsson is still nursing a broken finger, UFA Danny DeKeyser is still unsigned and Brian Lashoff and Jakub Kindl didn't show the Wings' coaching staff much last season. That creates opportunity for Marchenko, Ouellet and Sproul. "I used to say tie goes to the veteran," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said of a close competition for a roster spot. "Now, the best player plays. If you're 22 (years old), it doesn't make any difference. We're in that stage of our development." If any of the rookies make the team they will have little fantasy impact in 2014-15.
Sep 13 - 10:42 AM

Anthony Mantha scored twice in the Red Wing rookies' 6-5 overtime win against the Blues' rookies Friday night.

Mantha is a pure goal scorer as his 107 goals over the last two seasons in junior hockey will attest. He is certainly one of the more exciting rookies to watch this fall but no matter how well he does in the Red Wings' training camp, Mantha is likely to start the season with Grand Rapids, Detroit's AHL affiliate. He needs to work on his defense before he can truly make an impact at the NHL level. When he does make it to the show, don't hestiate for a single minute before picking him up.
Sep 13 - 10:33 AM

Dan DeKeyser is still hopeful that he'll have a new contract with the Red Wings for the start of training camp.

"There's still some time left here before camp," DeKeyser said. "Obviously I don't want to miss anything like that. Hopefully we can come to something here pretty soon." There hasn't been any talks between the two sides for about a week, but GM Ken Holland expects negotiations to resume soon. DeKeyser isn't frustrated that he remains unsigned with camps just a week away.
Sep 12 - 9:34 AM

Red Wings GM Ken Holland said Daniel Alfredsson can attend training camp without a contract.

The veteran winger didn't skate for two days this week after he felt a "tweak" in his back. Alfredsson is hesitant to play in 2014-15 because he wants to ensure that he can stay healthy and contribute.
Sep 11 - 4:26 PM

Jonathan Ericsson's finger still isn't 100 percent, but he expects to participate in training camp and be ready for the start of the season.

He had surgery to stabilize a fracture, which he suffered on Mar. 18, and reconnect a partially torn tendon in the middle finger of his left hand. Ericsson doesn't have full motion in his finger yet and he said he still has some discomfort. He missed the last 14 games of the regular season and the playoffs with the injury.
Sep 11 - 4:16 PM

Daniel Alfredsson suffered a "tweak" while skating last week.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland said the undisclosed injury was "nothing major," but this is bound to add to questions about whether or not Alfredsson would be a significant contributor if he decides to return for the 2014-15 campaign. He's still unsigned, but might join the Red Wings' training camp without a contract.
Sep 10 - 6:47 PM

Pavel Datsyuk feels normal after multiple injuries limited him to 45 games in 2013-14.

"Everything has come back," Datsyuk said. "I felt better at the end of the playoffs. I could push of my knee, but I lost muscle around my knee. Now it's so much better and comfortable." He's a good bet to surpass the 70-point mark if he can play a full 82 games, but he's dealt with quite a few injuries over the last few years and at the age of 36, his ability to stay healthy is a growing concern.
Sep 9 - 6:45 PM

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