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Ken Holland

Wings GM Holland likes his team, keeping ‘options open’ on trades


The Detroit Red Wings’ offseason is one where they’ve got some improvements to make around the roster if they want to escape the first round of the playoffs next season.

Wings general manager Ken Holland knows he’s got some work to get done to make the team better, but getting it done through free agency may be risky. As Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press shares, he’s willing to talk trade.

“I’m moving along slow to keep our options open,” Holland said. “We’ll see what’s out there via trade. But we feel good about our team, and our fallback position is our kids.

“We’re trying to move kids in, and also have the right amount of vets.”

Keeping the right number of veteran players is where things may get tricky for Holland.

The Red Wings have six potential unrestricted free agents on July 1, five of whom are forwards: Daniel Alfredsson, Danny Cleary, Todd Bertuzzi, Mikael Samuelsson, and David Legwand. Those five make up a large part of the forward unit from last season. Defenseman Kyle Quincey could also test the free agent waters.

With younger players like Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco playing such important roles down the stretch and into the postseason, Holland’s job figuring out how to set it all up won’t be easy.

Alfredsson unsure about future, Wings willing to wait

Daniel Alfredsson

It’s starting to look a little like last season for Daniel Alfredsson.

The 41-year-old Detroit Red Wings forward is again weighing his thoughts on whether he wants to play another season. As Bob Duff of The Windsor Star shares, Alfie is leaning towards playing again but recognizes it has to end eventually.

“There’s a lot of factors that play in, mentally, physically and family,” Alfredsson said. “I still love the game, there’s no question about that. At the same time, you’ve got to end it sometime.”

Don’t expect the same kind of dance to develop between Alfredsson and the Red Wings like he had with the Ottawa Senators last summer.

Alfredsson led the Wings in scoring and he said he’ll take as long as he needs to figure out if he can give it another go. As Duff shared, Detroit GM Ken Holland told Alfredsson they won’t start making decisions on the roster until mid-June.

Detroit will have to make decisions on where some veterans up front belong on the roster as Alfredsson, David Legwand, Mikael Samuelsson, Todd Bertuzzi, and Danny Cleary are all unrestricted free agents. With the emergence of young guys like Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco, and Riley Sheahan there could be a significant drop in the average age of the team next season.

It’s Detroit Red Wings day on PHT

Daniel Alfredsson

Throughout the month of August, PHT will be dedicating a day to all 30 NHL clubs. Today’s team? The Detroit Red Wings.

The Detroit Red Wings haven’t missed the playoffs since 1989–90, but there were reasons to believe that streak might end in 2013.

The team was attempting to rebuild on the fly and their defense was a huge question mark due to the retirements of Brian Rafalski and Nicklas Lidstrom in consecutive summers, along with the departure of Brad Stuart.

Detroit didn’t exactly defy expectations in the regular season, but they did manage to make the playoffs thanks to a strong effort from goaltender Jimmy Howard and the offensive contributions of Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.

The Red Wings took things a step further in the postseason, first by upsetting the Anaheim Ducks in the first round, then taking a 3-1 series lead over the Chicago Blackhawks in Round 2. Eventually, the Stanley Cup winners turned the tide, winning the Western Conference semifinal in overtime of Game 7.

Offseason Recap

Detroit tends to be conservative in the free agent market, but they did take a chance by signing forward Stephen Weiss to a five-year, $24.5 million contract despite the fact a wrist injury limited him to just 17 games last season.

The Wings also managed to surprise the hockey world by luring longtime Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson to their side.

Forwards Damien Brunner, Danny Cleary, and Valtteri Filppula were all allowed to walk as unrestricted free agents, although the first two still haven’t found new homes yet.

Most importantly though, the Detroit Red Wings inked Pavel Datsyuk to a three-year, $22.5 million extension this summer, thus ending the rumors that he would head to Russia after his contract expired in 2013-14.

Oh and they also drafted Anthony Mantha in the first round. He’s just 18, so he has never known a time when his new organization has failed to make the playoffs. For that matter, he’s also almost as old as Alfredsson’s NHL career.


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Detroit’s free agency shopping list is center-heavy

Stephen Weiss

Detroit is set to head into this offseason with some cap space and a hole to fill up the middle. Their potential shopping list of centermen gives Red Wings fans a reason to pay attention when free agency kicks off on Friday.

Ansar Khan of Mlive.com reports the team has a host of pivots they’re looking at to replace free agent-to-be Valtteri Filppula. Among them are some reasonably big names.

Stephen Weiss (Florida), Mike Ribeiro (Washington), Derek Roy (Vancouver), Tyler Bozak (Toronto), and Matt Cullen (Minnesota). New Jersey’s Patrik Elias is also on their short-list, but he’s close to re-signing with the Devils. While Vincent Lecavalier would seem like a logical fit here, Khan says his demands may be a bit too pricey for what GM Ken Holland is looking for.

Meanwhile, the team is still working on re-signing Damien Brunner and Danny Cleary to new deals. Should that not pan out, there are a host of veteran options on the market for wingers including Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Jaromir Jagr, and Michael Ryder (amongst others).

Report: Detroit re-signs Jakub Kindl, Drew Miller


The Detroit Red Wings are approaching a busy summer, but they slimmed down their to-do list on Friday, signing forward Drew Miller and defenseman Jakub Kindl to multi-year contracts.

Kindl, 26, receives a four-year, $9.6 million deal, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. Miller, 29, gets $4.05 million over three years (also according to Dreger).

After bouncing between the Red Wings and the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins to begin his career, Kindl really established himself as an everyday starter in the 2013 season. He played 41 regular season games (averaging 18:33 minutes per night) and played in his first career NHL postseason, logging 17:44 per game in 14 contests. Kindl matches his career high of 13 points in 2013, doing so in 14 fewer games than he did while setting that mark in 2011-12.

Miller earns his spot thanks to his defensive play, as he only had eight points in 44 regular season games and two points in six postseason contests. His brother is Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who doesn’t share Drew’s jarringly gray hair.

The Kindl deal is especially shrewd by Detroit, and not just because it unleashed a current of cheesy Amazon Kindle jokes on Twitter.

Other significant Red Wings free agents include Valtteri Filppula, Damien Brunner, Gustav Nyquist and Danny Cleary.