Player News - Red Wings

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Johan Franzen still has six seasons left on his contract, but for now the Wings don't have any intention of trading him.

There was some thought that he could be a buyout candidate, but that didn't help either. Franzen can rack up points at a high rate for stretches even though injuries and inconsistency eventually limit his production. He's typically good for more than 20 goals when he stays healthy and his cap hit checks in at just under $4 million, so it makes sense that Detroit isn't interested in parting ways with him. For fantasy owners he is a bit more of a headache, though.
Aug 22 - 2:13 PM

Stephen Weiss believes he can be productive this season after dealing with a sports hernia problem in 2013-14.

"I'm confident," Weiss said. "I know I can play the game and I'm a threat on the team as a No. 2 center with those two guys [Datsyuk and Zetterberg] coming out first. We should be able to do some damage if we're healthy." He has been working hard since his second surgery on April 21 and he'll be ready to go in training camp.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 21 - 6:54 PM

Expectations will be higher on Gustav Nyquist this upcoming season.

The good news is that he's expected to be placed in situations where he can succeed. Nyquist is slated to start the season on one of Detroit's top-two lines and he'll get time on the power play. He registered 28 goals and 20 assists in 57 games last year. Nyquist has the skill to be a regular 20-goal threat and he should threaten the 30-goal mark again in 2014-15.
Aug 21 - 2:44 PM

Todd Bertuzzi spoke a little to the Detroit Free Press a day after reaching a settlement in his long-standing court case with Steve Moore.

"I have never spoken about this case," Bertuzzi said Wednesday. "I won't speak of it now. To all my fans, to all the teams and teammates I have played with and to all my friends, thank you. Thank you." Moore's career ended after he was attacked by Bertuzzi in game back on March 8, 2004. Bertuzzi is currently an unrestricted free agent.
Aug 21 - 2:27 PM

Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore have reached a settlement out of court, according to Sportsnet’s Michael Grange.

We don't have details yet, but the Moore-Bertuzzi litigation is finally over after 10 years. Moore's career was ended by Bertuzzi in an on-ice incident back in March 2004 and he was seeking $68 million in damages from Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks. Bertuzzi is currently an unrestricted free agent after he recorded 16 points in 59 games with the Red Wings last season.
Aug 19 - 11:20 AM

Legal representatives for Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore are discussing a negotiated (out of court) settlement, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

The discussions are believed to be close, but no legal agreement is currently in place. McKenzie reports that "a negotiated settlement to avert a trial is a possibility." Bertuzzi and Moore have a civil trial scheduled for Sept. 8.
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 19 - 9:22 AM

Drew Miller wants to contribute more offensively this season.

Miller produced seven goals and 15 points in 82 games last year. "I want to definitely improve on my points from last year," he said. "I had a lot more chances to score last year ... just didn’t put the pucks in the net. That's something I've worked on this summer, shooting pucks, a quicker release." His career high for points in a season came in 2011-12 when he generated a total of 25 and it would be surprising if he hit the 20-mark in 2014-15.
Aug 18 - 12:34 PM

Detroit GM Ken Holland said a decision on Daniel Alfredsson may not come until mid-September.

He may attend the Red Wings' camp on a tryout basis, so that he can skate with the team while something gets worked out.
Aug 15 - 5:18 PM

Once Dan DeKeyser gets a new contract, he'll be looking to build off his first full season.

He wants to establish himself as a top-four blueliner on the Wings and improve on his numbers from last year. DeKeyser had four goals and 23 points in 65 games last season. He would like a long-time deal and he's confident that something will be worked out before training camp.
Aug 15 - 4:47 PM

Detroit has signed executive vice president and GM Ken Holland to a new four-year contract.

"Ken is regarded as one of the premier executives in the National Hockey League and has been instrumental in the success of the Red Wings over the last two decades," said Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch. "Marian and I are extremely pleased that he will continue to lead our hockey club over the next four years. We feel strongly that stability is key to the success of any organization and having this new agreement in place with Ken is important to the organization and its future." Holland has been Detroit's general manager for the past 17 seasons and his extension will keep him with the organization through 2017-18 campaign.
Aug 14 - 11:02 AM

Dan DeKeyser isn't worried about his contract situation.

He remains a restricted free agent with training camp just over a month away. "I don't really think about it very much, other than that I'm pretty confident a deal will get done before training camp," DeKeyser said. "And it's just something that my agent and Kenny deal with mostly."
Aug 13 - 4:43 PM

Joakim Andersson appears to be Detroit's 13th or 14th forward heading into training camp.

Luke Glendening took over Andersson's spot as the Red Wings' fourth-line center late in the year. He will have to earn his roster spot going into the season, but Detroit's plethora of centers could result in him being moved at some point.
Source: Mlive
Aug 12 - 4:57 PM

Detroit GM Ken Holland will talk contract with Dan DeKeyser again this week.

He's a restricted free agent after skating in 65 games last season and generating 23 points.
Aug 12 - 3:52 PM

Daniel Alfredsson will probably get a contract offer from the Red Wings soon.

"My take is we're probably going to try to do something with Alfie," Wings GM Ken Holland said. "He had a good year, 19 goals. When he was healthy, he was valuable." He's expected to skate with several of his Detroit teammates in early September, but he's slated to hit the ice in Sweden at some point this week first to see how his body will hold up.
Source: Mlive
Aug 11 - 9:57 PM

Brian Rafalski has been elected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

He produced 79 goals and 515 points in 833 career games with the New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings. He won two Stanley Cups with the Devils in 2000 and 2003 and won another in 2008 as a member of the Wings. Rafalski retired after the 2010-11 season and he considered a comeback in January, but a back injury derailed that attempt.
Aug 6 - 12:43 PM


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