Player News - Red Wings

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Detroit is hoping that Dennis Cholowski will become a top-pairing defenseman.

"Look at the price to get a top-four defenseman in the NHL these days, whether it's a trade or free agent, you pretty much have to remove a kidney," director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright said. "We have to draft them first and then develop them, and once you get them, you keep them for a long period of time." Cholowski, who was the 20th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, will play for St. Cloud State University in 2016-17.
Jun 27 - 9:26 AM

The St. Louis Blues reportedly asked the Detroit Red Wings for Dylan Larkin in a trade involving Kevin Shattenkirk.

That's a steep price for Detroit to pay for any player, especially one whose contract expires at the end of next season. Shattenkirk has been in high demand this off-season, but the Blues might want to drop their asking price if they hope to find a trading partner. It's safe to assume that Larkin won't be going anywhere this off-season or any time soon. The 19-year-old had 23 goals and 45 points in 80 games last season.
Jun 26 - 12:19 PM

The Detroit Red Wings have chosen Filip Hronek with the 53rd pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Due to his underwhelming prospect comrades Filip Hronek has flown under the radar so to speak, but made waves when he more than held his own against men on HC Hradec Kralove U-20s. Hronek posted 16 points in 13 games on that level, while debilitating top lines and in one-on-one situations mostly thanks to his intelligence. The 18-year-old stands at just 6'0" and 165 lbs, but is expected to fill out to match his defensive prowess, elite mobility, and active stick. Hronek's development, at least for now, appears more closely linked to his level of mass than anything else which makes him an intriguing prospect.
Jun 25 - 1:01 PM

Don't be surprised if the Red Wings are players in the free agent market.

Traditionally the Wings built their team through scouting and the draft but after moving Pavel Datsyuk's $7.5 million contract off the books things may change in Detroit. When asked what he was going to do with the $7.5 million he saved in the trading of Datsyuk to Arizona, Wings' GM Ken Holland said "Spend it". Could Steven Stamkos be on the Red Wings' radar? Or perhaps Milan Lucic? Stay tuned.
Jun 25 - 9:29 AM

The Detroit Red Wings have selected Dennis Cholowski with the 20th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Dennis Cholowski didn’t raise many eyebrows two seasons ago, but after scoring 12 goals and 40 points over 55 games in 2015-16, plus 15 points in 20 games and nearly the playoff MVP, Cholowski is seen as a project with higher upside than BCHL-mate Dante Fabbro. The 18-year-old will play another season for Chilliwack before playing for St. Cloud State in the NCAA, which will serve his wiry frame well. At 6’0" and 170 lbs, there’s room for growth in more ways than one as his stature undermines appears to be all that undermines his elite level hockey-IQ. The 20th pick was previously Arizona's, but Detroit acquired it as part of the trade that sent Pavel Datsyuk's contract to the Coyotes.
Jun 24 - 9:48 PM

The Detroit Red Wings have acquired Joe Vitale, the 20th pick, and the 53rd from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Pavel Datsyuk and the 16th overall pick.

For Detroit the big thing is shedding Datsyuk's contract as he'll come with a $7.5 million cap hit in 2016-17, but won't play. Vitale only played in one game in 2015-16 due to a concussion and it's not clear if he'll be okay for the start of next season.
Jun 24 - 9:18 PM

Danny DeKeyser said that his camp and Detroit "haven't really gotten a whole lot into" his contract negotiations yet.

DeKeyser is eligible to become a restricted free agent on July 1. He had eight goals and 20 points in 78 contests in 2015-16. "I'm sure talks will get moving more towards the end of the month or into July as we get going," he said. "I don't expect it to drag out real long. Hopefully it gets done sooner rather than later."
Source: MLive.com
Jun 24 - 8:54 AM

The final regular season games at Joe Louis Arena will take place on April 8-9.

Detroit will host the Montreal Canadiens on April 8 followed by a game against the New Jersey Devils. Unless the Red Wings make the playoffs, that would wrap up their 38 years in Joe Louis Arena. Detroit will play in its new home, Little Caesars Arena, starting in 2017-18.
Jun 22 - 8:28 AM

Anthony Mantha is expected to get every opportunity to make Detroit's roster going into the 2016-17 season.

He had two goals and one assist in 10 games with the Red Wings last year along with 45 points in 60 contests with Grand Rapids of the AHL. Mantha was also great in the Calder Cup Playoffs with 11 points in nine matches. Tyler Bertuzzi is projected to get a long look at training camp as well.
Jun 21 - 9:03 AM

Detroit is still negotiating with Darren Helm on a new contract.

Helm is a pending unrestricted free agent, who is expected to field other offers on July 1. Red Wings GM Ken Holland expects to "reach out to them again this week" as the team would like to keep him because of his versatility.
Jun 20 - 8:53 AM

Ken Holland isn't optimistic about his chances of trading Pavel Datsyuk's contract.

Now that Datsyuk confirmed he's going back to Russia, the Wings are stuck with his $7.5 million cap hit next season. The only way to get rid of it is for another team to take it off their hands, but Holland thinks that will be easier said than done. "I talked to some teams over the last couple of days and we’ll see if I can move the contract," said Holland "I’m not overly optimistic. Teams are looking for a lot of future assets. There’s a price to be paid to free up the cap space. But it’s going to be one of our top young players or a high draft pick, I don't know if it makes a lot of sense."
Jun 19 - 9:54 AM

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland believes a trade would be the best thing for Jimmy Howard.

He lost his starting job to Petr Mrazek last season and he's too expensive to keep as a backup. Howard comes with a cap hit of just under $5.3 million and his contract runs through the 2018-19 season. "I can see on the one hand that having two goaltenders, it’s a nice luxury," Holland said. "Certainly Jimmy Howard played an important role down the stretch in our team qualifying for the playoffs. It (a trade) might be good for some careers and good for the organization. I’ve thought about it lots." The Red Wings will likely have to eat some salary if they want to part ways with Howard in a trade.
Jun 17 - 9:39 PM

Riley Sheahan has signed a two-year contract extension with Detroit.

The deal will pay him $2.075 million per season. Sheahan was slated for restricted free agency if he didn't have a contract by July 1. The 24-year-old forward recorded 14 goals and 25 points in 81 games in 2015-16
Jun 15 - 11:25 AM

Brian Lashoff has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with Detroit.

He is expected to earn $650,000 at the NHL level and $250,000 in the AHL. Lashoff spent the 2015-16 season in the minors with Grand Rapids, where he posted 16 points in 74 contests.
Jun 14 - 5:01 PM

Gordie Howe has passed away Friday morning at the age of 88.

He had suffered from dementia and had a stroke in October 2014 prior to going through stem cell treatment. The hockey legend is second all-time with 801 goals and is eighth all-time with 1,049 assists over 1,767 career games. Howe played his final NHL season as a member of the Hartford Whalers when he was 51 years old, but he spent most of his career with the Detroit Red Wings. Our condolences go out to his friends and family for their loss. Farewell, Mr. Hockey.
Jun 10 - 10:16 AM


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