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Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 25-of-27 shots for the win over the Capitals. | 10/29/2014 10:01 PM
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Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 25-of-27 shots for the win over the Capitals.
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Impact
He is now 4-1-2, and should be considered a solid fantasy option in net, moving forward.
Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist in Wednesday's win. | 10/29/2014 10:00 PM
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Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist in Wednesday's win.
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Impact
It was only his second goal and fifth points of the season. Datsyuk was also +2 on the night, making him even on the season, and owners are hoping that Wednesday's performance gets him rolling.
Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader notched three points in Wednesday's win over Washington. | 10/29/2014 9:58 PM
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Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader notched three points in Wednesday's win over Washington.
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Impact
He had two goals and an assist, along with three shots on goal and two penalty minutes. Abdelkader now has five goals and eight points, and has been a nice surprise early this season.
Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk notched his first goal of the season, in Saturday's loss to Philadelphia. | 10/25/2014 9:39 PM
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Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk notched his first goal of the season, in Saturday's loss to Philadelphia.
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Impact
He tied the score at 2-2 in the third period, but Detroit went onto lose 4-2. Datsyuk has been off to a slow start, as he has only three total points, but owners should expect a breakout shortly.
Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall scored two goals and had an assist in the comeback victory over the Penguins on Thursday. | 10/23/2014 10:26 PM
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Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall scored two goals and had an assist in the comeback victory over the Penguins on Thursday.
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Impact
Kronwall scored with five minutes left in the first period to cut the Pittsburgh lead to one. The Penguins led, 3-1, until Henrik Zetterberg scored a nice goal in the slot to make it 3-2. With the net empty, Pavel Datsyuk dangled the puck in front of the Penguins net and passed it back to the blue line. Kronwall scored on a slap shot. Detroit won, 4-3, in overtime.
Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall scored two goals and had an assist in the comeback victory over the Penguins on Thursday. | 10/23/2014 10:26 PM
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Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall scored two goals and had an assist in the comeback victory over the Penguins on Thursday.
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Impact
Kronwall scored with five minutes left in the first period to cut the Pittsburgh lead to one. The Penguins led, 3-1, until Henrik Zetterberg scored a nice goal in the slot to make it 3-2. With the net empty, Pavel Datsyuk dangled the puck in front of the Penguins net and passed it back to the blue line. Kronwall scored on a slap shot. Detroit won, 4-3, in overtime.
Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader scored the game-winning goal on Thursday against the Penguins in overtime. | 10/23/2014 10:18 PM
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Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader scored the game-winning goal on Thursday against the Penguins in overtime.
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Impact
Abelkader left the game in the first period aftre a puck hit him in the face. He was instrumental in the Red Wings comeback, finishing with a plus-two rating and three shots on goal.
Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader left Thursday's game against the Penguins after getting hit in the face with the puck. | 10/23/2014 8:13 PM
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Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader left Thursday's game against the Penguins after getting hit in the face with the puck.
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Impact
With under five minutes to go in the first period, a Red Wing shot missed the net high and nailed Abdelkader just below his visor in his nose. He went to the locker room for repairs.
Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen (groin) was moved to the injured reserve a couple of days ago to make room for Pavel Datsyuk, but could return when eligible on Saturday. | 10/23/2014 12:28 PM
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Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen (groin) was moved to the injured reserve a couple of days ago to make room for Pavel Datsyuk, but could return when eligible on Saturday.
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Impact
When healthy, Franzen is a offensive force, as his five points in four games this season will atest, but keeping him healthy has been a problem lately. He played just 54 games last season.
Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg scored the team's only goal in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Canadiens. | 10/21/2014 10:22 PM
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Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg scored the team's only goal in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Canadiens.
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Impact
It was his second goal of the season, and he now has seven points overall. The question with Zetterback is, can he stay healthy? If so, he will be a dynamic player in 2014-15.
Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard played well despite losing in overtime to Montreal. | 10/21/2014 10:17 PM
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Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard played well despite losing in overtime to Montreal.
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Impact
He made 34 saves on 36 shots on goal, but it wasn't enough for the Wings. Howard is now 2-2-1, but is still a solid fantasy option.
Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday night. | 10/21/2014 1:52 PM
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Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday night.
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Impact
We were hoping Datsyuk would be able to stay healthy this season, but here we are five games into the season and Datsyuk is set to make his season debut. He played in just 45 games last season, the fewest in his 12-year career.
Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (groin) is practicing Monday, according to Chuck Pleiness and could return for Tuesday's contest with Montreal. | 10/20/2014 12:20 PM
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Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (groin) is practicing Monday, according to Chuck Pleiness and could return for Tuesday's contest with Montreal.
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Impact
Howard's groin injury appears to have been a minor one. He's 2-1-1 with a 1.72 GAA and .934 save percentage.
Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen did not start on Saturday and has missed Monday's practice which makes him unlikly to be ready for Tuesday's game with Montreal. | 10/20/2014 12:17 PM
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Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen did not start on Saturday and has missed Monday's practice which makes him unlikly to be ready for Tuesday's game with Montreal.
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Impact
When healthy, Franzen is a offensive force, as his five points in four games this season will atest, but keeping him healthy has been a problem lately. He played just 54 games last season.
Red Wings backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson earned a shutout against the Maple Leafs on Saturday. | 10/18/2014 10:13 PM
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Red Wings backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson earned a shutout against the Maple Leafs on Saturday.
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Impact
Detroit and Toronto played a home-and-home series on Friday and Saturday. Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard earned the victory on Friday and had the day off on Saturday. The victory was Gustavsson's first of the season.
Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg scored the game-winning goal in overtime against the Maple Leafs on Saturday. | 10/18/2014 10:08 PM
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Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg scored the game-winning goal in overtime against the Maple Leafs on Saturday.
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Impact
Zetterberg broke a 0-0 tie with ten seconds remaining in overtime. It was his first goal of the season. Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson had the assists.
Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader is again on the top line for Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs. | 10/18/2014 7:44 PM
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Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader is again on the top line for Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs.
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Impact
Abdelkader has had a nice start to the season with two goals and two assists in four games. With the injury to Johan Franzen, Abdelkader will play next to Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist on Saturday.
Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen did not start on Saturday against the Maple Leafs. | 10/18/2014 7:42 PM
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Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen did not start on Saturday against the Maple Leafs.
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Impact
Franzen is out due to a thigh injury he suffered Friday night. Stephen Weiss takes his roster spot and will play left wing on the third line. Justin Abdelkader has moved up to the top line for Saturday's game.
Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (groin) has been placed on the 48-hour goalie IR, according to MLive.com's Ansar Khan. | 10/18/2014 1:52 PM
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Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (groin) has been placed on the 48-hour goalie IR, according to MLive.com's Ansar Khan.
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Impact
Petr Mrazek was recalled to back up Jonas Gustavsson, but Howard will be eligible to play on Tuesday against Montreal. The injury does not appear to be serious.
Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen left Friday's game as a result of a thigh injury. | 10/18/2014 11:48 AM
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Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen left Friday's game as a result of a thigh injury.
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Impact
It seemed to be a muscle cramp, and Franzen said that he will have a chance to play Saturday night. For now, consider him day-to-day.
Red Wings backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson will get the start against Toronto on Saturday night. | 10/18/2014 11:44 AM
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Red Wings backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson will get the start against Toronto on Saturday night.
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Impact
It will be the second half of a home-and-home series. Jimmy Howard earned the victory on Friday night, and will get this game off, giving Gustavsson a chance to stay fresh.
Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen left Friday's game as a result of a thigh injury. | 10/18/2014 11:42 AM
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Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen left Friday's game as a result of a thigh injury.
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Impact
It seemed to be a muscle cramp, and Franzen said that he will have a chance to play Saturday night. For now, consider him day-to-day.
Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard picked up his second victory of the season on Friday night. | 10/17/2014 10:17 PM
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Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard picked up his second victory of the season on Friday night.
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Impact
He stopped 23-of-24 shots, for a .958 save percentage. Howard continues to be a solid option in net for fantasy owners.
Red Wings winger Gustav Nyquist continued his strong start to the season Friday against the Maple Leafs. | 10/17/2014 10:13 PM
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Red Wings winger Gustav Nyquist continued his strong start to the season Friday against the Maple Leafs.
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Impact
He scored his fourth goal of the season and added an assist, to go along with a +2 rating and three shots on goal. Nyquist is playing on detroit's top line, and looks destined for a monster season.
Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg broke out in a big way Friday against Toronto. | 10/17/2014 10:11 PM
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Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg broke out in a big way Friday against Toronto.
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Impact
He had four assists on the night, along with a +3 rating and five shots on goal. Zetterberg has yet to light the lamp this season, but those numbers are bound to come shortly.
Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen left Friday's game with a lower-body injury. | 10/17/2014 9:40 PM
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Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen left Friday's game with a lower-body injury.
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Impact
He scored his first two goals of the season before departing. Losing Franzen for an extended period of time would be a big blow for the Wings.
Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is hoping to return at the end of next week from the injured shoulder. | 10/16/2014 3:23 PM
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Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is hoping to return at the end of next week from the injured shoulder.
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Impact
We were hoping Datsyuk would be able to stay healthy this season. He played in just 45 games last season, the fewest in his 12-year career.
Red Wings winger Gustav Nyquist scored a power play goal on Wednesday. | 10/15/2014 11:01 PM
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Red Wings winger Gustav Nyquist scored a power play goal on Wednesday.
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Impact
It was already his third goal of the season. and after having 28 goals a season ago, Nyquist is well on his way in topping that number.
Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 37-of 39 shots against Boston. | 10/15/2014 11:00 PM
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Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 37-of 39 shots against Boston.
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Impact
He played extremely well despite the shootout loss, and owners should feel safe about having him in their lineups.
Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader will continue to skate on the team's top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen. | 10/11/2014 10:48 AM
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Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader will continue to skate on the team's top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen.
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Impact
Abdelkader scored a goal off a deflection in Thursday night's victory over the Bruins. He is available in most leagues and fantasy owners can start him with confidence as long as he is playing with the top line.
Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard did enough to earn victory, in first game of the season. | 10/09/2014 10:26 PM
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Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard did enough to earn victory, in first game of the season.
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Impact
He faced only 17 shots, but stopped 16 of them, for a .941 save percentage. Howard will have a treemdous opportunity to put together a big season this year with Detroit.
Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen had two assists Thursday against Boston. | 10/09/2014 10:22 PM
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Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen had two assists Thursday against Boston.
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Impact
He set up Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist, for both of their first goals of the season. If Franzen can stay healthy, he should be in line for a big season.
Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to miss the next four-to-five weeks with a separated shoulder according to MLive.com. | 09/25/2014 11:01 AM
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Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to miss the next four-to-five weeks with a separated shoulder according to MLive.com.
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Impact
We were hoping Datsyuk would be able to stay healthy this season, but after just one preseason game, he is already hurt. He played in just 45 games last season, the fewest in his 12-year career.
Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen will look to get a full season in this year. | 09/23/2014 6:44 PM
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Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen will look to get a full season in this year.
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Impact
Like a lot of Red Wings, Franzen missed some time last season. After playing in only 54 games and registering 41 points, he is currently being valued in the 13th round of drafts. If Franzen can stay healthy, getting him that late will be a steal.
Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen will look to get a full season in this year. | 09/23/2014 6:44 PM
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Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen will look to get a full season in this year.
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Impact
Like a lot of Red Wings, Franzen missed some time last season. After playing in only 54 games and registering 41 points, he is currently being valued in the 13th round of drafts. If Franzen can stay healthy, getting him that late will be a steal.
Red Wings center Stephen Weiss begins the season on Detroit's second line, but will not be fantasy relevant. | 09/23/2014 6:38 PM
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Red Wings center Stephen Weiss begins the season on Detroit's second line, but will not be fantasy relevant.
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Impact
After battling injury and playing in only 26 games a season ago, Weiss has much to prove. He finished with four points in 2013-14, and will most likely go undrafted heading into this season.
Red Wings winger Gustav Nyquist could be line for a breakout year in 2014-15. | 09/23/2014 6:33 PM
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Red Wings winger Gustav Nyquist could be line for a breakout year in 2014-15.
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Impact
In only 57 games, he registered 28 goals and 20 assists, a year ago. Nyquist is going at the end of the ninth round in fantasy drafts, and owners who take a shot on him could see tremendous payoff.
Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader will begin the season on the top line. | 09/23/2014 6:21 PM
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Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader will begin the season on the top line.
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Impact
After finishing last season with 28 points, the fact that Abdelkader will be playing next to Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, makes it seem that number will increase this season. Consider him a deep sleeper.
Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk will look to rebound in 2014-15. | 09/23/2014 6:14 PM
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Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk will look to rebound in 2014-15.
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Impact
He played only 45 games, and had his lowest point total (37) since his rookie year. At 36-years-old, Datsyuk still has the skill to produce, if he can stay healthy.
Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg will look to stay healthy heading into 2014-15. | 09/23/2014 6:08 PM
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Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg will look to stay healthy heading into 2014-15.
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Impact
He played in only 45 games a season ago, yet still produced at a high rate (16 goals and 32 assists). If Zetterberg is able to stay on the ice, he will be a steal, as he is currently going in the middle of the fifth round.
Red Wings winger Danny Cleary (knee) appears to have arrived at training camp healthy for the first time in a couple years. | 09/20/2014 10:51 AM
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Red Wings winger Danny Cleary (knee) appears to have arrived at training camp healthy for the first time in a couple years.
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Impact
Cleary has the ability to be a 20-20 guy if he can stay on the ice. It's encouraging that he was reported to be playing on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen for the first practice, but nothing is guaranteed.
Red Wings winger Anthony Mantha will be out six-to-eight weeks due to a fractured right tibia. | 09/18/2014 1:30 PM
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Red Wings winger Anthony Mantha will be out six-to-eight weeks due to a fractured right tibia.
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Impact
He was injured on Monday while playing in a rookie tournament game.The 20th overall pick in the 2013 draft was expected to compete for a roster spot in training camp, but that has been put on hold for the time being.
Wings not close to re-signing two key players | 07/19/2014 10:25 AM
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Restricted free agents Dan DeKeyser and Tomas Tatar, both important players with the Red Wings, are not close to re-signing with the club.
Detroit Free Press

Impact
"We've talked and continue to talk, but nothing close," Detroit general manager Holland said. Holland said he made Tatar an offer recently that is being mulled over. "Tats is overseas, and I'm waiting to hear back. On the DeKeyser front, we met them in early June. We talked briefly at the draft, and we haven't really talked much in July. I've made what I think are pretty good offers. They haven't really countered. We're just in the waiting process." DeKeyser, 24, scored four goals and 19 assists for 23 points in 65 games last season, his first full one in the NHL. He had no points in five playoff games. Tatar, 23, has 24 goals and 23 assists for 47 points in 100 career NHL games. In his first full season with the Wings last season, he scored 19 goals and 20 assists for 39 points in 73 games.
Babcock counters idea he drives away UFAs | 07/18/2014 9:25 AM
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Red Wings coach Mike Babcock countered the notion that free agents aren't signing with Detroit because they don't want to play for him.
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Impact
The theory goes that Babcock has a reputation for being a tough guy to work for and players would sooner choose a more relaxed environment when given the option. "Maybe they don't want to come because Mike Babcock has a one-year contract," Babcock suggested. "The way I look at it here, if you don't want to be coached, don't come here. If you want to be pushed to be the best that you can be, that's what we do here. You know what? The proof is in the pudding." He added that if the Red Wings are worried about him driving away free agents, then he should coach somewhere else. He has a season left on his contract with Detroit and won't negotiate during the 2014-15 campaign. He's led Detroit to the Stanley Cup and has guided Team Canada to back-to-back gold medals in the Winter Olympics.
Andrej Nestrasil agrees to one-year extension | 07/17/2014 1:16 PM
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The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed Andrej Nestrasil to a one-year deal.
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Impact
Nestrasil had 16 goals and 20 assists in 70 games with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins in 2013-14. He's not expected to have any fantasy value next season.
Mitchell Callahan re-signs with Detroit | 07/17/2014 1:15 PM
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Mitchell Callahan has inked a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings.
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Impact
Callahan scored 26 goals and 44 points in 70 AHL games last season. He's likely to start the 2014-15 campaign in the minors, but he might be called up at some point as an injury replacement.
Daniel Cleary aims to prove doubters wrong | 07/17/2014 9:59 AM
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Daniel Cleary wants to prove those that question his contract wrong.
Detroit News

Impact
Cleary agreed to a one-year deal worth at least $1.5 million and up to an additional $1 million in bonuses. That's significant given how much he's declined in recent years. His 2013-14 campaign was another low for him as he had just eight points in 52 games. "You want to prove people wrong," said Cleary. "My main objective is get healthy and play the way I know I can. Last year was a tough year." He might do a bit better this season if he can stay healthy, but we wouldn't count on him having any fantasy value in standard leagues.
Babcock won't talk contract during season | 07/15/2014 9:30 AM
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Mike Babcock, who only has a year left on his contract, isn't willing to negotiate during the 2014-15 campaign.
Detroit News

Impact
"By that time (regular season), it's hockey," Babcock said. "It's about the team. It's not about Mike Babcock." He's not worried about the fact that he's on the last season of his contract, nor should he be. It's very likely that he will have other teams that would jump at the opportunity of hiring him if his talks with the Red Wings break down for whatever reason.
Tony Granato joins Red Wings' coaching staff | 07/14/2014 5:01 PM
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Tony Granato will serve on the Detroit Red Wings' coaching staff next season.
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Impact
Granato is a former player and head coach. He had two stints as the Colorado Avalanche's bench boss and combined for a 104-78-17-16 record. Since 2009, he's served as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he was let go this summer.
GM gets positive health reports on Red Wings | 07/13/2014 12:05 PM
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Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says he has received positive health reports on several players, including star forward Henrik Zetterberg.
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Impact
"The biggest thing is health," Holland said. "If we can get to training camp (Sept. 19) and get (Zetterberg and others) on the ice, we're optimistic we [have] the potential to be a decent hockey club." Zetterberg missed 37 regular-season games last season. He had in-season surgery on a herniated disk that later caused problems with his foot. The Wings' other star, Pavel Datsyuk, also missed 37 games with a left-knee injury and offseason surgery was considered. But Holland says Datsyuk also is progressing well.
Stephen Weiss should be fine for preseason | 07/11/2014 11:08 PM
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Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) is expected to be fine for the start of training camp.
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Impact
"(Trainer) Piet Van Zant texted him two days ago," Red Wings GM Ken Holland said regarding Weiss. "He said he's feeling great, he's training hard; he's played some shinny (pick-up hockey)." Weiss had just four points and 12 penalty minutes in 26 games in 2013-14. After a lackluster summer for Detroit, they'll be counting on Weiss to bounce back.
Red Wings officially re-sign Thomas McCollum | 07/11/2014 3:01 PM
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The Detroit Red Wings have officially re-signed Thomas McCollum.
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Impact
McCollum got a two-way contract if the earlier reports are accurate, which obviously makes sense given that he's likely to start the season in the minors. McCollum will probably be called up if Jimmy Howard or Jonas Gustavsson get hurt, which is likely to happen at some point during the 2014-15 campaign given their histories.
Daniel Cleary hopes to bounce back in 14-15 | 07/11/2014 9:50 AM
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Daniel Cleary is hoping to bounce back in 2014-15.
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Impact
Cleary inked a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings after recording just eight points in 52 games last season. "My program has been one of loyalty, and there's good things and bad things that go with that," Red Wings GM Ken Holland said on re-signing Cleary despite his struggles. "Way more good, in my opinion. I reached out to a lot of people before signing Dan, and he's very popular in our organization and with our on-ice leaders." Perhaps Holland will be rewarded for taking a chance on Cleary, but we doubt it. We think Cleary's days as a reliable secondary scorer are over.
Wings sign Daniel Cleary to one-year contract | 07/10/2014 4:44 PM
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Daniel Cleary has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings.
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Impact
Cleary will earn $1.5 million in base salary, but he can make an extra $1 million in bonuses. He had four goals and eight points in 52 games in 2013-14.
Alexei Marchenko hopes to impress in camp | 07/06/2014 9:23 AM
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Alexei Marchenko is looking to impress during development camp after missing the second half of the season due to a high-ankle sprain.
Detroit Free Press

Impact
Marchenko was selected as an AHL All-Star prior to the injury. It was his first season in the AHL after getting his start with the KHL's CSKA Moscow. He might prove to be a valuable defender for the Red Wings down the road, but he doesn't have much offensive upside.
Mantha headliner at Wings' development camp | 07/05/2014 9:10 AM
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Anthony Mantha is the headliner at the Wings' development camp currently ongoing at Traverse City Michigan.
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Impact
Mantha, the Candian Hockey League's Player of the Year, had an outstanding 2013-14 season scoring 57 goals and registering 120 points in 75 games with Val d'Or of the QMJHL. He has a legitimate chance to crack the Detroit lineup this upcoming season and could even start on one of the Wings' scoring lines. Keep an eye on him this week.
UFA David Legwand still weighing his options | 07/02/2014 8:29 PM
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David Legwand remains a coveted commodity on the NHL unrestricted free agent market despite having not signed a deal in the initial 36-hour frenzy.
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Impact
Legwand is a bulky and experienced two-way center, and although his offensive numbers are not anything to rave about, the 33 year-old veteran plays responsible defense and still notched 51 points last season. TSN's Aaron Ward reports 8-10 teams are interested in Legwand's services, while the Maple Leafs are scrambling to replace Dave Bolland and Jay McClement, who both signed elsewhere.
Red Wings not able to land top-4 defenseman | 07/02/2014 9:39 AM
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The Detroit Red Wings were ultimately unable to add a top-four defenseman on the free agent market on July 1.
Detroit News

Impact
"We went in looking to add a right-hand defenseman and we felt we made very competitive offers," Red Wings GM Ken Holland said. "For various reasons, they chose to go elsewhere." Detroit brought back Kyle Quincey instead. The Red Wings haven't been able to lure top-tier free agents for quite some time now and it looks like this summer will continue that trend.
Red Wings bring back Kyle Quincey for 2 years | 07/01/2014 7:32 PM
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The Detroit Red Wings signed Kyle Quincey to a two-year, $8.5 million contract on July 1.
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Impact
That's about $1 million more than his previous two-year deal with the Red Wings. Quincey's offensive game seems like it's slipping a bit, but a decent depth option considering his solid PIM (88 PIM in 2013-14).
Andy Miele joins Red Wings organization | 07/01/2014 5:23 PM
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Andy Miele has signed with the Detroit Red Wings.
Chris Roy on Twitter

Impact
He'll probably be in the minors next season with Grand Rapids after he skated in 70 games with the Coyotes' AHL affiliate in Portland in 2013-14. He had 27 goals and 72 points last year and he earned two assists in seven NHL outings.
Petr Mrazek gets one-year extension | 07/01/2014 5:17 PM
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Petr Mrazek signed a one-year contract extension with Detroit.
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Impact
He's slated to spend the 2014-15 season in the minors with Grand Rapids, where he established himself as one of the top goalies last year. He posted a 22-9-1 record with a 2.10 goals-against average (second in the league) and a 0.924 save percentage (third in the league) during the 2013-14 season in the AHL.
Kevin Porter signs 2-way deal with Red Wings | 07/01/2014 3:44 PM
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Detroit has signed Kevin Porter to a two-way contract.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter

Impact
He split the 2013-14 campaign between the Buffalo Sabres and the Rochester Americans of the AHL. The Detroit-native picked up 19 goals and 36 points in 50 games last year in the minors.
Riley Sheahan will come with $950k cap hit | 07/01/2014 11:33 AM
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Riley Sheahan's new two-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings comes with a $950,000 annual cap hit.
Ansar Khan on Twitter

Impact
Sheahan had nine goals and 15 assists in 42 games with Detroit in 2013-14. He's a good bet to record 40-50 points next season.
Riley Sheahan signs two-year extension | 07/01/2014 10:51 AM
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Riley Sheahan has agreed to a two-year contract extension with Detroit.
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The financial terms of the deal are not yet known. Sheahan established himself with the Red Wings last season by scoring nine goals and 24 points in 42 games. He would have become a restricted free agent at noon.
Red Wings in market for a defenseman | 07/01/2014 10:00 AM
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The Detroit Red Wings would like to sign a top-four defenseman over the summer.
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Some potential candidates include Matt Niskanen, Dan Boyle, and Christian Ehrhoff. The Red Wings have enough cap space to compete for any of them, but they're traditionally conservative when it comes to the free agent market. With that in mind, it wouldn't be surprising to see them outbid for Niskanen's services.
Wings sign Thomas McCollum to a 2-way deal | 06/30/2014 1:31 PM
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Thomas McCollum has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Detroit.
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"McCollum has made strides and is developing into the prospect we hoped he would be -- a little slower than we thought, but he's become a real solid AHL goaltender," GM Ken Holland said earlier this month. "Some players bloom a little later." He just completed his best season in the AHL, with a 24-12-4 record, a 2.30 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage for Grand Rapids. He'll back up Petr Mrazek next campaign.
Stephen Weiss 'optimistic' about his recovery | 06/30/2014 11:47 AM
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Stephen Weiss (sports hernia) sounds like he's on the mend.
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"(Stephen) Weiss is working out real hard, I talked to him, he's optimistic he's headed in the right direction," GM Ken Holland said. Weiss was limited to 26 games during his first season with the Red Wings and he produced just four points. If he's healthy going into next year then he should be plenty motivated to bounce back.
Red Wings are very happy getting Turgeon | 06/29/2014 10:39 AM
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The Detroit Red Wings might have gotten a steal by taking Dominic Turgeon with the 63rd pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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The son of Pierre Turgeon, Dominic was rated higher on Detroit's list, so they traded with the Blue Jackets for the pick to make sure no one else took him first. "Just the hockey sense and skill level, he's got a strong body," Red Wings' director of amateur scouting, Tyler Wright, said. He added that Turgeon coming from a hockey family doesn't hurt.
Red Wings go heavy on centers in draft | 06/29/2014 10:34 AM
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The Detroit Red Wings took centers with five of their seven picks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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"Where we were picking, we were just looking for the best players available," Red Wings' director of amateur scouting, Tyler Wright, said. "We wanted to keep within our philosophy of players with character, passion and skill, and we feel we've done that." As per the norm in Detroit, the team will develop its prospects slowly and some of them might end up shifting to the wing if circumstances warrant it.
Alfie wants to play if body will let him | 06/28/2014 9:56 AM
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Although Daniel Alfredsson has indicated he wants to play this upcoming season, he wants to make sure his body can handle the physical grind as he has ongoing back issues.
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In that he will turn 42 in December, that probably isn't a bad tact to take. Red Wing GM Ken Holland is not pressurring Alfredsson to confirm his desire to return. "Alfie told me he wants to play again but he'd like to feel better," said Holland. "He feels good but he wants to be tested and he can't be tested until he skates in August and September (during conditioning skates)." There is no worry that Alfredsson will play for another team or that a contract could not be worked out with the Wings. It will be Detroit or the golf course for the veteran in 2014-15.
Larkin thrilled to be picked by hometown club | 06/28/2014 9:50 AM
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Dylan Larkin couldn't be happier about being picked in the first round of the 2014 NHL entry draft by the Detroit Red Wings.
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Larkin was born and raised in the greater Detroit area and will be attending the University of Michigan this fall. It goes without saying what being picked by his hometown team meant to him. "I remember going to all the parades (after the Stanley Cup victories) and the excitement they brought to the community," Larkin said. "It's the team I always watched growing up. My favorite players were Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom. To be drafted by them, it's just awesome. I still can't believe it." It may be a few years before you see Larkin debut in the NHL, but when he does arrive he could be a nice second or third line pivot.
Red Wings take Dylan Larkin 15th overall | 06/27/2014 8:45 PM
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The Detroit Red Wings have taken center Dylan Larkin with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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Larkin is a scrappy two-way center who consistently injects relentless energy in all three zones. Larkin has been a very good offensive weapon thus far throughout his career, but projects to be a secondary scorer in the NHL with the ability to shut down the opposition's top line. The 6'1", 190-pounder is a gifted skater who pushes the pace of the game and is tough to push off the puck. With 29 goals and 49 points in 53 games this year in the USHL, Larkin created offense by making simple plays rather than pulling flashy, risky moves. Larkin will attend the University of Michigan this fall and is poised to develop into an effective NHL center a few years down the road. The Red Wings take their time with prospects, so you know he won't be overwhelmed when they decide he's ready for the big stage.
Red Wings aren't likely to make a major trade | 06/27/2014 9:33 AM
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Although the Detroit Red Wings likely have interest in many of the big trade targets like Ryan Kesler and Keith Yandle floating around going into the draft, they aren't likely to make a major splash.
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The roadblock is of course what teams expect in return for a guy like Kesler and Yandle. The Red Wings have some promising young players that could be used as trade chips, but Red Wings GM Ken Holland wants to build around his younger talent like Riley Sheahan and Gustav Nyquist rather than pursue a quick fix.
Report: Jonas Gustavsson signs one-year deal | 06/25/2014 6:57 PM
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Jonas Gustavsson has reportedly signed a one-year, $1.85 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings.
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Gustavsson had a 2.63 GAA and .907 save percentage in 27 games in 2013-14. He'll serve as the Red Wings backup netminder next season.
Holland to speak with RFAs at NHL Draft | 06/24/2014 3:36 PM
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Detroit GM Ken Holland plans to meet with Riley Sheahan's agent at the NHL Draft.
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He also intends to speak with the representatives of fellow restricted free agents Dan DeKeyser and Tomas Tatar. Sheahan appeared in 42 games with the Red Wings this past season, where he notched nine goals and 24 points.
Daniel Alfredsson wants to extend his career | 06/23/2014 6:38 PM
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Daniel Alfredsson is interested in returning for the 2014-15 campaign.
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That's good news for Detroit as Alfredsson is coming off of a solid season where he scored 18 goals and 49 points in 68 games. He'll turn 42 in December, but should still get around 50 points as long as he can stay relatively healthy.
Dominik Hasek is a Hall of Famer | 06/23/2014 3:20 PM
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Dominik Hasek has been selected to join the 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame class.
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No surprise there. Hasek was one of the best goaltenders of his time with 389 wins, a 2.20 GAA, and .922 save percentage in 735 career games. He won the Stanley Cup twice with Detroit and led the Buffalo Sabres to the finals in 1999. He also one the Vezina Trophy six times, which is the most of any goaltender since they changed the criteria for the award in 1981-82.
Red Wings will host Bruins in home opener | 06/22/2014 9:31 AM
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In their second season in the Eastern Conference, the Detroit Red Wings will host the Boston Bruins in their home opener.
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Detroit has started its home schedule against Boston on 10 previous occasions, but this is the first time it's happened since 1973-74. The Red Wings made the shift to the Atlantic Division last season after years of playing in the Western Conference's Central Division. This will also serve as a chance for the Red Wings to get revenge after they lost to Boston in the first round of the 2014 playoffs.
HHOF inductees will be announced on Monday | 06/20/2014 10:07 PM
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Dominik Hasek and Mike Modano top the new slate of eligible hall of fame inductees, while there is no shortage of great players in the hunt for one of hockey's greatest honors.
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The Dominator has won a whopping six Vezina Trophies as the league's best goaltender, along with a Stanley Cup in 2002 and an Olympic Gold Medal in 1998. Modano is arguably the greatest American born player in NHL history, with 1,374 career points and a Stanley Cup to his name. Swedish superstar Peter Forsberg is a legend in Colorado, but he is no shoe-in for the HOF considering his injury trouble. The late Pat Burns, Eric Lindros, Paul Kariya and Rob Blake are still waiting for the call after being skipped over in the past.
Lawsuit for noise resolved for Helm, Tatar | 06/19/2014 6:25 PM
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A lawsuit against Darren Helm and Tomas Tatar has been resolved and dismissed, according to attorney Cheryl V. Jordan.
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The Main Street Lofts Condominium Association filed a complaint in Oakland Circuit Court in March, which asked the Red Wings forwards to follow the noise rules or move out of the condominium. Neighbors complained about "loud music, yelling and banging on the floors and walls." Helm moved out before the complaint was issued and was letting Tatar, who reportedly left in April after Detroit was eliminated from the playoffs, stay there.
Petr Mrazek set for another year in the AHL | 06/19/2014 5:00 PM
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Petr Mrazek is poised for another season in the AHL.
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Detroit appears to have signed backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson for another year, so Mrazek will get another campaign as the starter in Grand Rapids. Mrazek posted a 29-9-1 record with a .924 save percentage and a 2.10 goals-against average in 32 minor-league matches in 2013-14. He also had a 2-4-0 record along with a .927 save percentage and a 1.74 GAA in nine outings with the Red Wings.
Report: Wings,Gustavsson agree to 1-year deal | 06/19/2014 4:54 PM
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Detroit GM Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press on Thursday that "it appears we've agreed to a one-year deal" with Jonas Gustavsson.
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His extension is expected to be worth around $1.5 million, which is what he made in his past two seasons with the Red Wings. Holland said the paperwork should be worked out within days. Detroit didn't want to give Gustavsson more than a one-year contract because they didn't want netminder Petr Mrazek sitting down in the minors for too long. Gustavsson will serve as Jimmy Howard's backup in 2014-15, while Mrazek gets another year to start plenty of games with Grand Rapids.
Would Jordin Tootoo return to Manitoba? | 06/19/2014 9:30 AM
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The Winnipeg Jets could be a potential landing spot for Jordin Tootoo.
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The Churchill, Manitoba product was placed on waivers by the Red Wings on Wednesday with the intention of buying out the remainder of his contract. Winnipeg may have several openings in their bottom-six group with Olli Jokinen, Devin Setoguchi and Chris Thorburn eligible for unrestricted free agency as well as Matt Halischuk, Michael Frolik and James Wright set to be restricted free agents.
Wings move towards buying out Jordin Tootoo | 06/18/2014 12:15 PM
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The Detroit Red Wings have placed Jordin Tootoo on waivers.
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The plan is to buy out the remainder of Tootoo's contract if he clears waivers. Because the Red Wings still have an available compliance buyout, Detroit would save $1.9 million in cap space for the 2014-15 campaign.
Traverse City tournament will start Sept. 12 | 06/18/2014 8:45 AM
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The 16th annual NHL Prospects Tournament at Traverse City will take place from Sept. 12-16.
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The Detroit Red Wings' prospects will compete against prospects from the Columbus Blue Jackets, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, and St. Louis Blues. Detroit's training camp will then begin in Traverse City on Sept. 19.
Red Wings would like to have Alfredsson back | 06/17/2014 8:54 PM
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The Detroit Red Wings would like to have Daniel Alfredsson on their team next season if he's willing to return for another year.
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The Red Wings are reportedly awaiting a response from the veteran winger about his future in the NHL and are prepared to offer the unrestricted free agent a deal to remain with the team. In his first season away from the Ottawa Senators, the 41-year-old amassed 49 points in 68 contests with Detroit, proving that he's still capable of being productive despite his advanced age.
Red Wings, Cleary in contract talks | 06/17/2014 9:11 AM
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The Detroit Red Wings are talking with Daniel Cleary about a contract extension.
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Cleary had just eight points in 51 games in 2013-14, so he probably won't get much out of the Red Wings. In fact, it's believed that Detroit might only offer him a two-way deal.
Wings still trying to move Jordin Tootoo | 06/16/2014 5:38 PM
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Detroit is making one last attempt to try to trade Jordin Tootoo.
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If they are unsuccessful then the Wings are expected to use a compliance buyout on him. Tootoo has one season left on a deal that owns a $1.9 million cap hit. He appeared in only 11 games with the Detroit in 2013-14 and spent most of the season in the AHL with Grand Rapids. He recorded 18 points and 104 penalty minutes in 51 contests with the Red Wings' AHL affiliate.
Gustavsson, Wings working toward new contract | 06/16/2014 5:32 PM
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Jonas Gustavsson could get a contract extension from the Red Wings in the near future.
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"I've been talking to Gustavswson's agent," GM Ken Holland said. "He played good for us. We'd like to keep him." He posted a 16-5-4 record last season to go with a .907 save percentage and a 2.63 goals-against average. The Wings are comfortable with Gustavsson as their backup goalie, which will give Petr Mrazek another year to develop in the minors.
Wings sign undrafted forward Tomas Nosek | 06/14/2014 1:35 PM
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Detroit has confirmed the signing of free agent forward Tomas Nosek.
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He inked a two-year, entry-level contract with the Red Wings following parts of three seasons with HC Pardubice in the Czech Extraliga. He produced 19 goals and 44 points in 52 games this past campaign.
DSBA names Dan DeKeyser Wings' top rookie | 06/12/2014 12:26 PM
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The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association has named Dan DeKeyser the Red Wings rookie of the year.
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"We had a lot of rookies in the lineup on a regular basis this season, so it's a great honor to be recognized as rookie of the year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association," DeKeyser said. "Being able to play here in Detroit in front of my friends and family made this season very special, and it's a privilege to be acknowledged by the DSBA with so many other worthy candidates who were able to help the team this year." In 65 games, he produced four goals, 23 points and a plus-10 rating. He averaged 21:38 of ice time per match, which ranked him second on the team.
US Judge backs Swiss ruling against K. Miller | 06/08/2014 9:52 AM
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Kevin Miller owes a Swiss insurance company $1.6 million for the career-ending hit he delivered to Andrew McKim during a 2000 Swiss league game.
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U.S. District Judge Gordon Quis upheld a ruling Swiss court judgement. It will be interesting to see if this leads to more players being found financially liable for their on-ice actions. Former Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore is in the process of suing Todd Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks for the career-ending hit he received in 2004.
Pens love Mike Babcock, Pittsburgh papers say | 06/07/2014 10:29 AM
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Both Pittsburgh newspapers are reporting that the Penguins are extremely interested in Detroit coach Mike Babcock.
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At http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/ron-cook/2014/06/07/Ron-Cook-Hiring-of-Jim-Rutherford-as-general-manager-makes-no-sense/stories/201406070039, the Post-Gazette is saying new GM Jim Rutherford "might be here only for one season. Can't you see the Penguins taking a run at Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock when his contract runs out after next season? They could give him complete control of the hockey operations." The Tribune-Review lists Babcock as a candidate to succeed Dan Bylsma as coach. Bylsma was fired as Pittsburgh coach Friday in Rutherford's first official move as club GM. Babcock "remains under contract in Detroit for one year; Penguins love him," the Tribune says.
Alfredsson still thinking about his future | 06/05/2014 12:17 PM
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Daniel Alfredsson isn't expected to make a decision on his playing future until later this month.
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He should have a decision in place before the start of free agency in July. If he doesn't retire and the money makes sense then he could be back with the Detroit Red Wings for the 2014-15 campaign. There is mutual interest to have him return for anther season, but GM Ken Holland hasn't spoken with him yet.
Gustavsson may be back in Detroit next year | 06/05/2014 12:11 PM
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Pending unrestricted free agent Jonas Gustavsson might be re-signed by the Detroit Red Wings.
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He wants to return to Detroit next season and GM Ken Holland said Gustavsson is "still in play" for a new contract. He will serve as the Wings' backup netminder if he stays.
AHL Griffins extend coach Jeff Blashill | 06/04/2014 2:13 PM
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The AHL Grand Rapids Griffins have given head coach Jeff Blashill a three-year extension.
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The Griffins are the Red Wings' AHL affiliate. He led them to a Calder Cup championship in 2013 and is viewed as someone that might get an opportunity to serve as an NHL head coach in the not too distant future. With that in mind, it wouldn't be surprising if he doesn't end up sticking with the Griffins until the end of this contract.
Martin Frk wants to be better next season | 06/02/2014 11:52 AM
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Martin Frk did not have a productive start to his pro career in the minors this past season.
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In 50 games with Grand Rapids of the AHL, he notched three goals and 12 points. He also appeared in 15 contests with the ECHL's Toledo Walleye, where he earned five goals and eight assists. "He cares," Grand Rapids coach Jeff Blashill said. "He wants to be better. He's willing to do extra work. ... He had a tough year, no doubt about it, but it gives us a lot of promise that he can have a great year next year because of the work that he seems to be willing to put in."
Quincey not likely to be back in Detroit | 06/01/2014 10:30 AM
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There is a very good chance that Kyle Quincey has played his last game for the Red Wings.
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The underrated defenseman is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st and every indication is that he test the market. Given the offers rearguards have procurred in years' past, it is likely Quincey will find a better deal with another club. It is also unlikely the Red Wings will re-sign their other UFAs Todd Bertuzzi, Daniel Cleary, David Legwand, Mikael Samuelsson and Jonas Gustavsson. Daniel Alfredsson, the Wings' sixth UFA could return to Motown if he wishes to play another season.
Babcock to talk with Holland about extension | 05/31/2014 10:38 AM
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Look for Mike Babcock and Red Wing GM Ken Holland to begin contract negotiations shortly.
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Holland wants to get Babcock, who has only one year left on his contract, to ink a multi-year extension after a season where the Detroit bench boss worked miracles with an injury-depleted lineup. For his efforts this past year, Babcock was selected as a finalist for the Jack Adams Trophy given annually to the top coach in the NHL by hockey broadcasters.
Xavier Ouellet may crack the Wings' roster | 05/29/2014 1:14 PM
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Xavier Ouellet might be a candidate to make Detroit's roster out of training camp next season.
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He posted four goals and 17 points in 70 games with AHL Grand Rapids this past season and he skated in four matches with Detroit. Ouellet also dressed in one playoff contest for the Red Wings over Jakub Kindl, so the club clearly has faith in his abilities. He showcased offensive talent in two years of QMJHL play, but it didn't come through in his first professional campaign. It wouldn't be a shock if Ouellet started the year in the minors to better develop his overall game.

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