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Daniel Alfredsson Will Stay in Detroit, but Will He Play for the Red Wings?

June 29th, 2014 at 8:41 PM
By Frank Vajcner

As the NHL's free agency frenzy draws closer, one pending unrestricted free agent has already made a decision for next season.

At least from a residing standpoint.

Daniel Alfredsson, who signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings last season, is set to become a UFA when July 1 rolls around. The question isn't will he sign with another team, but will he play another season?

The 41-year old native of Sweden has told his family that they will be staying in Detroit for the 2014-15 NHL season (and school year), writes The Detroit Free Press' Helene St. James. Whether he plays with the Red Wings next season remains to be determined.

"He told us he really wants to play for us in Detroit, or else he's not going to play," general manager Ken Holland said. "He feels good, but he'd like to feel a little bit better."

"He really would like to play again." Holland added, "He'd like to take one more chance to try to be a playoff team and go on a longer playoff run than we did. A long, long playoff run."

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Local Product Dylan Larkin Highlights Detroit Red Wings Draft Class

June 29th, 2014 at 8:14 PM
By Frank Vajcner

Dylan Larkin had dreamed of getting drafted by the Red Wings since he was a kid.

Friday night in Philadelphia, his dream came true.

The Red Wings selected Larkin, a center from the US National Development Team, with the 15th pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. The native of Waterford, Michigan was the first American-born player selected in this year's draft.

"It was special," Larkin said. "It was something I think my family and myself will remember for a while. I was pretty nervous, but just to hear your name was pretty special."

Red Wings director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright was relieved when Larkin fell to 15.

"From 10 on, I was sweating profusely," Wright said. "Fortunately he fell to us, and we're excited.

"We had him high. I mean, this kid just oozes character. He wills people into games. This could be one of your captains down the road."

Larkin recorded 31 goals and 56 points in 60 games with the USNDTP last season. He will continue to develop next season at the University of Michigan under former Red Wing Red Berenson.

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Red Wings 101 2014 NHL Draft Primer

June 27th, 2014 at 8:00 AM
By Frank Vajcner

Happy NHL Draft Day everyone. Over the next two days, you will get to see potential future pieces get selected by the Detroit Red Wings.

In case you missed it, you can look at potential selections here.

What: 2014 NHL Entry Draft

When: Round 1 7 p.m. Friday, Rounds 2-7 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

TV: NBC Sports Network (round 1), NHL Network-US (rounds 2-7), TSN

Here's when the Wings will pick:

  • Round 1 – 15
  • Round 3 – 76
  • Round 4 – 106
  • Round 5 – 136
  • Round 6 – 166
  • Round 7 – 196
  • Round 7 – 201*

*-Selection is part of trade with San Jose

Unless a trade happens, the Wings will not pick in the second round, as their second rounder belongs to Nashville as part of the David Legwand trade.

All pick numbers are subject to change as trades could happen at anytime.

 

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Who the Detroit Red Wings Could Select with the 15th Pick

June 25th, 2014 at 9:49 PM
By Frank Vajcner

The NHL Draft takes place this Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia. Round One will be Friday (7 p.m, NBC Sports Network, TSN) with Rounds 2-7 on Saturday (10 a.m, NHL Network-US, TSN/TSN2).

This year's draft isn't as loaded as last year's but that doesn't mean there's a shortage of good players.

A majority of experts agree that Aaron Ekblad will go number 1 to the Florida Panthers, but we will focus on who the Red Wings will take at 15. And depending on the expert, they will have some good options. There's also no clear consensus on what the Wings need, but ESPN's Corey Pronman writes (insider access only) that they could use some help at center.

Here's what various pundits have the Wings doing:

 

  • Pronman: Sonny Milano, Left Winger, USNDTP, USHL
  • Sportsnet's Patrick King: Robby Fabbri, Center, Guelph Storm, OHL
  • Sportsnet's Sam Cosentino: Jakub Vrana, Center, Linkoping, Sweden
  • Red Line Report's Kyle Woodlief: David Pastrnak, Right Wing, Sodertalje, SWE2
  • TSN's Craig Button: Jared McCann, Center, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL
  • NHL.com's Steven Hoffner: Adrian Kempe, Right Winger, Modo-Jr, SWE-Jr.
  • NHL.com's Adam Kimelman: Jack Dougherty, Defenseman, USA U-18 (USHL)
  • NHL.com's Mike Morreale: Julius Honka, Defenseman, Swift Current Broncos, WHL
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Detroit Red Wings Summer News Rewind

June 25th, 2014 at 8:26 PM
By Frank Vajcner

The dog days of summer are here, and with them comes no NHL hockey.

That doesn't mean that there is nothing going on around the league, as the NHL Draft will take place this weekend in Philadelphia, and free agency opens on July 1.

For now, let's bring everyone up to speed as to what has gone on with the Red Wings.

First and foremost, everyone's favorite topic: free agency.

What we know: The only pending UFA that has been re-signed is backup netminder Jonas Gustavsson. The man known as The Monster was re-signed last week, but details have not been disclosed. Early reorts say the deal is for one year and at least $1.5 million. Gustavsson posted a 16-5-4 record with a 2.63 GAA and a .907 save percentage last season in 27 games. His GAA and save percentage were a career best.

Also, the team has announced that forwards Mikael Samuelsson and Todd Bertuzzi will not be re-signed, and Jordin Tootoo was bought out.

What we don't know: Daniel Alfredsson has said that he will play next season, but will it be with the Red Wings? The 41-year old led the Wings in scoring last season with 49 points, and has said that he would like to return to Hockeytown. Both sides are working out a deal for Alfie to return, but we won't know much more until at least July.

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