Player News - Red Wings

Date: Team: Pos:

The Detroit Red Wings are confident that Dylan Larkin can make the full-time transition to center next season.

Larkin has played primarily on the wing in his first two NHL seasons, but that will change in 2017-18. "His best attributes are utilized when he plays center," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I think he can continue to grow into becoming a great two-way center who can create offense and is very accountable defensively. And I think his defensive instincts are served at center, where he can anticipate where the puck is going, meet the puck and get out of the zone as fast as possible."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 17 - 3:03 PM

Kevin Tansey has signed with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.

Tansey appeared in 19 games last season with the Chicago Wolves and he suited up in 44 matches with the Missouri Mavericks of the ECHL. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound defender had 31 points in the AHL and three points in the AHL.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 10 - 6:06 PM

Mike Green can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-18 season.

Green was by far Detroit's top offensive blueliner last year. He averaged 0.50 points per game, which was nearly double that of Nick Jensen, who finished second among Red Wings defensemen with 0.27 points per contest. Detroit's other rearguards combined for 17 goals, while Green finished with 14 of his own. It will be interesting to see if he's willing to take less money to stay with Detroit or if he will be used as a trade chip at the deadline. Still, the Wings will be hard-pressed to get offense from the back end if Green is gone.
Aug 9 - 6:25 PM

Contract talks between Detroit and RFA Andreas Athanasiou are ongoing.

"I made a number of offers; we continue to talk," GM Ken Holland said. "We've had a number of conversations." Holland declined to go into details, but there's speculation that Athanasiou may get a two-year bridge deal to prove himself.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 8 - 6:04 PM

Detroit GM Ken Holland is working under the assumption that the team may be slightly over the $75 million cap before the start of the regular season.

That could force a trade or a difficult roster decision after the preseason. It will depend on what Andreas Athanasiou gets in his next contract and if they can place anyone else on long-term injured reserve, aside from Johan Franzen. Holland would prefer to start with 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders, but might have to go with a 21-man roster due to the cap.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 8 - 6:01 PM

Robbie Russo and Detroit are reportedly close to a new contract.

Russo, who is a restricted free agent, appeared in 19 games for the Red Wings at the end of the 2016-17 season. He is expected to start the year in the minors, where he had 32 points in 58 games last campaign.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 7 - 4:49 PM

Detroit GM Ken Holland isn't sure if Ryan Sproul (knee) will be ready for the start of the season.

Holland expects Jonathan Ericsson (wrist), Tomas Tatar (shoulder) and Luke Glendening (ankle) to be available for the season opener on Oct. 5, but he wasn't certain about Sproul's status. He missed the last 19 games of the 2016-17 campaign due to an ACL injury. Detroit will need a replacement for the seventh defense spot if Sproul isn't ready to play.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 7 - 3:31 PM

Niklas Kronwall is excited for the move to Little Caesars Arena in 2017-18.

The Red Wings bid farewell to Joe Louis Arena last season with a 17-17-7 home record, which they will attempt to improve in their new arena. "With the new building, it's going to be awesome," said Kronwall. "I think with a new building, it'll be tough to bring in all the banners and expect the same feeling in the rink right away. I think there's a chance to create new memories, win new championships, get that same special feeling. But we'll try to keep it alive, obviously, around the room. We'll try to do our best to keep the same culture going, and everything comes down to hard work." Kronwall will be back for his 14th campaign, but a bothersome knee issue has severely hurt his fantasy value. He skated in 57 games last year, while posting 13 points, 77 hits, 81 blocks and 67 shots.
Aug 7 - 11:21 AM

Detroit has signed first-round pick Michael Rasmussen to three-year, entry-level contract.

Rasmussen was chosen with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The towering center is currently playing for Canada at the World Junior Summer Showcase. Rasmussen is slated to return to the WHL's Tri-City Americans in 2017-18, where he notched 32 goals and 55 points in 50 games last season.
Aug 5 - 2:20 PM

Danny DeKeyser doesn't agree with the NHL's decision to sit out the 2018 Winter Olympics.

"I don't think that's a very good decision," DeKeyser said. "I don't know who that benefits. It hurts everybody involved – both parties (players and NHL owners) – so it doesn't really make sense." Most players want to participate in the event, but the league and the owners decided to skip it. DeKeyser has represented the U.S. at two World Championships, including the 2017 tournament.
Aug 5 - 9:11 AM

Evgeny Svechnikov is eager to start training camp for a chance to crack Detroit's roster.

"I've been working real hard and I'm going to show them everything I have," Svechnikov said. "It's going to be exciting. Everybody has a chance (to make the roster). Every single guy in camp has a chance." This will be his third NHL training camp, but his odds have improved greatly to earn a spot on the big club. Svechnikov appeared in two games with the Red Wings last season and had a great year in the AHL with Grand Rapids.
Aug 4 - 8:01 PM

Detroit prospect Filip Larsson will compete in the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase.

The Swedish netminder was chosen in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Larsson played junior hockey in Sweden last year with Djurgardens IF J20, where he posted a 2.24 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage in 31 appearances despite some early struggles. He will join the Tri-City Storm of the USHL this campaign because he wants to eventually play for a college squad.
Jul 28 - 9:18 AM

Libor Sulak is expected to attend training camp with the Detroit Red Wings.

Director of player evaluation Jiri Fischer said that Sulak, who was signed to an entry-level deal by Detroit back in May, will probably see some exhibition action. However, it is expected that he will play for Lahti in the Finnish Liiga in 2017-18. Detroit has been impressed with his development and Sulak could have a future in the NHL. "The Czechs invited him to their camp prior to the World Championship and every week he just kept getting better," Fischer said. "He was not a high-profile player, but by the end of the World Championship, he ended up playing top-four minutes for the Czech Republic. He did that in the quarterfinal against Russia, and Russia had some really good forwards like Nikita Kucherov and Artemi Panarin — guys that are elite in the world, elite in the NHL — and he did a good job. We have been watching him for the last several years and he has improved every year."
Jul 25 - 7:00 PM

Detroit goalie coach Jeff Salajko hopes that Petr Mrazek will show up for training camp "with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove."

Mrazek was exposed in the expansion draft, but Vegas didn't select him and he is still a member of the Red Wings. The 25-year-old netminder struggled last season, while losing the number one job to Jimmy Howard and even surrendering some starts to Jared Coreau. Mrazek didn't perform very well at the 2017 World Hockey Championship for the Czech Republic either. He has one more year left on his contract and he is expected to compete with Howard for starts in 2017-18.
Jul 24 - 9:23 AM

Jared Coreau will have to clear waivers to be sent down to the minors next season.

Coreau may be assigned to Grand Rapids because Detroit already has Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek on the roster. The Red Wings could also carry three goalies at the start of the season. "We're very comfortable with Jared as a third," goaltending coach Jeff Salajko said in early July. "I have no problem with him being the backup goalie, either. If we can keep Jimmy Howard healthy to play 50-55 games, I was comfortable with Jared in a role like that. But we obviously have Petr back - Vegas didn't have interest in him, so I'm hoping he comes in with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove." If Howard has injury issues or Mrazek struggles then Coreau could be an NHL option, but for now he is just a depth netminder.
Jul 24 - 9:14 AM


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