Player News - Red Wings

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Niklas Kronwall "is getting opinions" on how he can improve his ailing knee, according to GM Ken Holland.

He had his left knee scoped in January and it continued to be a bit of an issue down the stretch and in the playoffs. "What's done has been done," he said. "We're looking at some different options now to try to take care of that fairly soon. I'm glad we had it done. Now we know what's going on. Let's find a way to solve it and move along." Kronwall contributed just three goals and 26 points in 64 games this past season to go with a minus-21 rating.
May 3 - 9:46 AM

Luke Glendening won't be able to play in the 2016 IIHF World Championship because of an injury he suffered late in the regular season.

He was set to play for Team USA in the tournament beginning this weekend, but now he is returning home. GM Ken Holland said last week that Glendening had been dealing with a foot injury.
May 3 - 9:36 AM

In addition to a dislocated ring finger, Justin Abdelkader was dealing with a knee injury during the playoffs.

He suffered the finger injury at Minnesota on April 1 and it's expected to need 6-8 weeks for it to heal. Abdelkader also tweaked his knee against Boston on April 7, but he doesn't think it will require surgery. He believes he will be fine with some rest and rehab. It sounds like he will be OK for training camp.
May 2 - 11:19 AM

Drew Miller can be an unrestricted free agent in July, but he would like to be back with the Red Wings.

He is still rehabbing from the surgery he underwent in January to repair a torn ACL. "The good thing is my knee is going to come back stronger," he said. "My ACL has been torn or partially torn for 10 years. I'm going to come back a little stronger in my knee. I'm definitely motivated." It's unclear at this time if Detroit plans to bring him back.
May 2 - 11:07 AM

Joakim Andersson has agreed to a two-year contract with Orebro of the Swedish Hockey League.

He wasn't expected to be back with the Red Wings next season and would've been an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Andersson shared time between Detroit and the team's AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids in 2015-16. He had three points in 29 NHL appearances.
May 2 - 10:57 AM

Don't be surprised if either Jimmy Howard or Petr Mrazek is traded this off-season.

In a post-season media press conference Detroit General Manager Ken Holland indicated that although it is a good problem to have two NHL caliber netminders, it might make more sense for the Wings and both Howard and Mrazek if one of them were traded. Interesting that Holland would allude to such a thing at this point in the off-season. Stay tuned.
Apr 30 - 9:37 AM

Darren Helm can become an unrestricted free agent in July.

"I understand this is an important contract for him," GM Ken Holland said. "We're going to sit down. I've got an interest in Helmer coming back, but obviously it takes two to tango. Helmer and his agent will have to decide what their priorities are and now we wait." Money and his role with the team moving forward will be the biggest factors in getting a deal done.
Apr 29 - 8:10 AM

Gustav Nyquist had a frustrating 2015-16 season.

He racked up 54 points and 27 goals in 2014-15 and was expected to take on a larger role with Detroit, but his production slipped to 43 points and 17 goals this past season. "I have to do better," Nyquist said. "I didn't score as much as I wanted to. That's on me, and I just have to find a way to be better." His name could surface in trade rumors over the summer, but if he stays then he will have to step up his play next year.
Apr 27 - 7:53 AM

Tomas Tatar understands that his name could come up in off-season trade rumors.

"It's part of being a hockey player," Tatar said. "This team probably will need some changes. I don't know who is going to be affected by that. But we have to do something different to get back on track." He had a disappointing year, while falling from career highs of 56 points and 29 goals in 2014-15 to 45 points and 21 markers this past campaign. If he is still with the Red Wings or elsewhere next year, Tatar will be looking to get back on track himself.
Apr 27 - 7:46 AM

Dylan Larkin had an impressive rookie season, but he knows he can do better.

"Yeah, I had a good start. But I'm not happy with the way the season went, as a whole," he said. Larkin's scoring pace went down as the season progressed, but he still contributed a team-leading 23 goals and he recorded 45 points in 80 games. The 19-year-old should prove to be a solid building block for the Red Wings moving forward.
Apr 27 - 7:40 AM

Detroit GM Ken Holland doesn't expect Pavel Datsyuk will be back next year.

He said that based on "past conversations" with Datsyuk and agent Dan Milsten, "I guess I would expect news that he's not coming back." He has one season remaining on his contract and if he leaves then the Red Wings will be left with his $7.5 million cap hit. He is expected to talk with Detroit after the World Championship about his decision.
Apr 26 - 3:06 PM

Tomas Tatar is dealing with a shoulder injury.

He will have an MRI on the ailment and the results will determine whether or not he plays in the 2016 IIHF World Championship with Slovakia.
Apr 25 - 3:07 PM

Jimmy Howard is open to be traded because he says it's part of the business.

Howard lost his starting job to Petr Mrazek during the 2015-16 season before getting it back down the stretch. Mrazek got back in the cage after Howard started the first two playoff games for the Red Wings. Detroit probably wants to move forward with Mrazek in the crease, but Howard's $5 million-plus salary until 2019 won't be easy to move.
Apr 25 - 2:21 PM

Tomas Tatar will play in the World Championships if he is recovered from an upper-body injury.

The tournament begins on May 6 and runs until the 22nd. If he isn't cleared to play then Slovakia will have to find a replacement.
Apr 25 - 1:47 PM

Pavel Datsyuk intends to meet with Detroit GM Ken Holland after the World Championships.

He will make a decision on his future after the tournament. Henrik Zetterberg said he has "good idea" of what Datsyuk will choose, but he wouldn't say. Still, it seems like Datsyuk will be in Russia next season based on all the speculation that has built up since it was mentioned as a possibility.
Apr 25 - 1:43 PM


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