Player News - Red Wings

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Gustav Nyquist has been skating alongside Frans Nielsen and Darren Helm at training camp.

"I like playing with Frans in the middle," Nyquist said. "He's a really smart player, two-way guy. You know we are going to be good in the d-zone when he is out there. He can score goals and make plays in the o-zone." Nyquist will miss regular linemate Henrik Zetterberg this season, but he could be fine if he clicks with Nielsen and Helm, as that duo had some chemistry last season.
Sep 18 - 10:30 AM

Frans Nielsen is expected to take on more of a leadership role this season.

A back condition has ended Henrik Zetterberg's career and Nielsen is slated to help fill the leadership void along with alternate captains Niklas Kronwall and Justin Abdelkader. "I would say Frans definitely is one of those guys that can fill some of that leadership void," coach Jeff Blashill said. "Fransie came to us as a leader — if anything he's held back a little bit because of his respect to Z and Kronner. It will give him a chance to make sure he is leading the way he wants to lead. He does it right every day. He’s a great, great pro." There will also be additional minutes up for grabs and Nielsen has a chance to claim those as well.
Sep 18 - 10:24 AM

Filip Zadina skate alongside Andreas Athanasiou and Thomas Vanek during a team scrimmage on Sunday.

Zadina and Athanasiou both in the Red group's 4-2 win over White group. "Zadina has consistently finished," coach Jeff Blashill said. "I think there is more to his game than just scoring goals, but I think that he's been somebody who has been billed as an excellent goal scorer and he has done that so far." The trio is expected to see some exhibition action together as well.
Sep 17 - 10:11 AM

Evgeny Svechnikov is feeling more mature heading into this season.

"I know I have more expectations, even though I had last year a lot of expectations for myself," Svechnikov said. "Just come here this year very calmed down and more confident and mature." The 21-year-old had seven goals and 23 points in 57 AHL games last season. He also added two goals and two assists in 14 games this season. He's going to have to be a whole lot better this season if he wants to stick around with the Wings all season.
Source: MLive.com
Sep 15 - 4:14 PM

Justin Abdelkader skipped the opening day of training camp.

Abdelkader was with his wife, Julie, as they are expecting to welcome their first baby into the world. He will probably be back with the Red Wings soon.
Sep 14 - 11:07 AM

Henrik Zetterberg is expected to be placed on LTIR by the Red Wings.

Zetterberg's career is over because of a degenerative back condition, but he won't be retiring. He still has three seasons left on his 12-year, $73 million contract. Zetterberg did not pass his physical prior to training camp because of the injury.
Sep 14 - 10:37 AM

Detroit GM Ken Holland has announced that Henrik Zetterberg's career is over due to a back condition.

Zetterberg's status was a major question mark for the Red Wings throughout the off-season. During the second half of the 2017-18 campaign, the veteran forward did not practice because of his back, but he continued to play in games. This is an unfortunate end to what has been an impressive career. Zetterberg has accumulated 960 points in 1,082 contests.
Sep 14 - 10:10 AM

Jussi Jokinen has received a professional tryout from the Detroit Red Wings.

Jokinen will attend training camp with the Red Wings and try to earn an NHL deal. He played for four teams in 2017-18, including the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks. Jokinen had five goals and 17 points over 60 appearances.
Sep 11 - 11:00 AM

The Detroit Red Wings have signed Matt Puempel to a two-year contract.

Puempel posted strong numbers in the AHL last season, as he had 22 goals and 54 points in 57 games in the minors last season. The former first-rounder didn't play in the NHL at all last season. Don't be surprised if that happens again in 2018-19.
Sep 9 - 1:08 PM

Michael Rasmussen scored two goals and an assist in Saturday's 3-1 win over Dallas in the NHL Prospect Tournament.

One of Rasmussen's goals was scored on the power play, while the other was put into an empty net. The 19-year-old was Detroit's first-round pick, ninth overall, in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He had 31 goals and 59 points in just 47 games with WHL Tri-City last season. He could end up cracking the Red Wings roster with a good showing in training camp, but he also has one year of junior eligibility remaining.
Source: MLive.com
Sep 9 - 10:18 AM

Mike Green (neck) is feeling healthy again.

Green ended up having neck surgery and finished the year on injured reserve. The 32-year-old had eight goals and 33 points in 66 games last season. "It’s just one of those things that was going on for a long time," Green said. "Basically I was playing not to get hit and you can’t play the game effectively like that. It's nice and day (difference)." Green got a new two-year contract from Detroit this offseason. He's the best fantasy option on their blue line.
Sep 8 - 5:55 PM

Martin Frk will have to battle for a roster spot again in 2018-19.

Frk wasn't guaranteed to make the roster last year, but he ended up playing 68 games anyway. He ended up finishing the season with 11 goals and 25 points. "I have to show them I deserve to be here," said Frk. "I worked real hard in the summer to make sure I’m ready for this season. I was kind of in this spot last year. I had to come in here and earn a spot, and I stayed the whole year." Even if he does make the team, he won't have any fantasy value.
Sep 8 - 5:51 PM

Brady Gilmour (elbow) says he's feeling good on the ice.

Gilmour dislocated his elbow during the junior season, but he was back on the ice during Red Wings development camp. "I felt good getting out on the ice again and thought I did well in the scrimmages," Gilmour said. "It was pretty intense. The big thing is for me to stay healthy. I also want to get in the dirty areas of the ice more this season instead of staying out by the lines." The 19-year-old had nine goals and 25 points in 41 games with the OHL's Saginaw Spirit. The Wings drafted him in the seventh round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: MLive.com
Sep 2 - 6:50 PM

Henrik Zetterberg (back) confirmed that he'll miss the start of the regular season.

Many people in the Red Wings organization have mentioned that they weren't sure if Zetterberg would be able to play at all this season, but this is the first time that he mentioned it himself. "I have not been able to train and I can not play NHL matches without being well prepared, especially not at my age," Zetterberg told a Swedish media outlet. The 37-year-old had 11 goals and 56 points in 82 games last season. It's still premature to say that his career might be over, but it's not impossible that he's played in last game in the NHL.
Aug 28 - 6:29 PM

Whenever Michael Rasmussen enters the NHL, expect him to be playing on the wing.

Rasmussen was drafted ninth overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. His natural position is center, but it sounds like the Red Wings want to make life as easy as possible for him once he gets the highest level. "I think it's way easier to break into the National Hockey League as a winger than a center," Wings head coach Jeff Blashill said. "[Center is] a lot of responsibility to put on a guy. The second thing I'd say is, when he plays wing, he might be net front more in the [offensive] zone than when he doesn't play wing, and his best attribute, for sure, is how good he is at the net front. So he might end up being a winger in the National Hockey League." If Rasmussen doesn't stick in the NHL this year, he'd have to head back to the junior ranks for his final season of eligibility.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 27 - 10:41 AM


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