Player News - Red Wings

Date: Team: Pos:

Justin Abdelkader doesn't need surgery on his knee right now, but it's unclear if that will change.

Detroit GM Ken Holland said an ultrasound revealed "there is something" in the back of Abdelkader's knee, but he just resting for now. He still hopes to play in the 2017 IIHF World Championships even though he has been experiencing some discomfort.
Apr 25 - 10:20 AM

Dylan Larkin is looking to learn from his sophomore slump.

Larkin had 45 points in his rookie campaign, but he regressed in 2016-17 with 17 goals and 32 points in 80 contests. "This game's a lot mental," Larkin said. "Do a lot of mental preparation this summer as well as physical preparation. Be ready to go from the first day. I think this year I kind of came in and thought it was going to be a little bit easy, I kind of had it figured out, but clearly didn't, so need to be better in all areas and I guess put it on my shoulders to be ready from Day 1." There's a good chance that he'll bounce back in his third season and he has the potential to put up significantly better offensive numbers than what we saw out of him as a rookie.
Source: MLive.com
Apr 24 - 10:34 AM

Christoffer Ehn has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Detroit.

He produced 13 points in 52 games with Frolunda HC of the SHL in 2016-17. Ehn also added one goal and one assist in 14 playoff matches. The 21-year-old center was taken in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Red Wings. Ehn has joined the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins prior to the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Apr 20 - 3:38 PM

Andreas Athanasiou wants to be "as dominant as possible" in 2017-18.

"You learn so much playing in this league," Athanasiou said. "I just try to do the best I can and play within my game and not try to do too much. Coming into next season, I'm going to keep a mind-set of wanting to get better. Speed is part of my game. When I get those opportunities, I know I can either get a good scoring chance or change the momentum. It definitely can swing momentum." He finished second on the team with 18 goals this past season and will likely be a key offensive player for the Red Wings next year.
Apr 19 - 10:09 AM

Anthony Mantha feels he learned a great deal from his first full NHL season.

He wants to develop better habits and be more consistent after he registered 17 goals and 36 points in 60 games. "I know the way I play. I know my best games what they are. I know my bad games what they are," said Mantha. "So for me, it's just something I need to focus on and always have good or great games." He intends to continue to learn next season.
Apr 18 - 10:47 AM

Justin Abdelkader is hoping to avoid knee surgery so he can play for Team USA at the World Hockey Championships.

He played with some pain and soreness in the back of his knee for the last three months of the season and is hoping to play in the tournament and then rest. Abdelkader is seeking out medical advice as to whether a long period of rest after the IIHF event will solve the problem or whether a scope is the only thing that will do the trick.
Apr 16 - 9:27 AM

Danny DeKeyser will play for Team USA at the 2017 IIHF World Championships.

Fellow Red Wings Jimmy Howard and Dylan Larkin will also be on the American roster. Detroit coach Jeff Blashill will be the bench boss for the U.S. Team.
Apr 14 - 9:30 AM

USA Hockey has appointed Jeff Blashill as the head coach for the upcoming IIHF World Hockey Championships taking place in both Germany and France.

"We're extremely pleased to have Jeff lead our men's national team at the world championship," Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, said in a statement. "He's been successful at every step of his career, and we know our team will be well prepared when the puck drops." Blashill has been involved with USA hockey in the past, coaching the goaltenders at the 2009 World Junior tournament and as an assistant coach for both the U.S. Junior Select Team and the U.S. National Under-18 Select Team. The Red Wings failed to make the playoffs for the first time in 26 years this past season but Blashill remains a strong and well regarded hockey mind.
Apr 11 - 7:52 PM

Niklas Kronwall isn't considering retirement even though he has battled injuries over the last two seasons.

He has a knee issue that isn't going away, but he is confident that it can be managed. Kronwall skated in 57 games this campaign and he posted 13 points. He has a contract that runs until the end of the 2018-19 season.
Apr 11 - 6:04 PM

Tomas Tatar will have shoulder surgery on Thursday.

He is projected to need four-to-six months of rehab, according to GM Ken Holland. Tatar indicated he'd be ready for start of season.
Apr 11 - 4:36 PM

Justin Abdelkader will have his knee scoped next week.

It's been an issue that has lingered for him. It will probably prevent him from playing in the World Championships.
Apr 11 - 1:48 PM

Robbie Russo will finish the 2016-17 campaign in the minors.

Detroit's season is over, so Russo will get some additional playing time with Grand Rapids. He didn't record a point in 19 NHL games this campaign. Russo has 31 points and a plus-14 rating in 56 matches in the minors.
Apr 11 - 10:30 AM

Detroit has sent Ben Street to the minors.

He had one assist in six outings with the Red Wings this season. Street has produced 25 goals and 54 points in 60 minor-league outings in 2016-17.
Apr 11 - 10:26 AM

Tomas Nosek has been returned to AHL Grand Rapids.

He has notched 15 goals and 40 points in 49 matches in the minors this campaign. In 11 contests with Detroit, Nosek earned one goal.
Apr 11 - 10:24 AM

Matt Lorito has been assigned to the minors.

He will finish the season with Grand Rapids, where he has 54 points in 59 contests this season. Lorito earned one assist in two appearances with the Red Wings.
Apr 11 - 10:22 AM


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