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Arbitration filed: Holtby, Nyquist & Stepan highlight list released by NHLPA


A total of 23 players have filed for arbitration, according to a list unveiled by the National Hockey League Players’ Association.

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby along with Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist and Rangers’ Derek Stepan are part of the list released on Sunday.

The deadline for club-elected arbitration is Monday at 5 p.m. ET. Salary Arbitration hearings will be held from July 20 to August 4.

Here is the complete list of players who have filed:

Arizona Coyotes
Mikkel Boedker
Phil Samuelsson
Brendan Shinnimin

Buffalo Sabres
Phil Varone

Calgary Flames
Lance Bouma
Paul Byron
Josh Jooris

Colorado Avalanche
Andrew Agozzino
Mathew Clark

Detroit Red Wings
Gustav Nyquist

Minnesota Wild
Erik Haula

Nashville Predators
Taylor Beck
Craig Smith
Colin Wilson

New Jersey Devils
Eric Gélinas
Adam Larsson

New York Rangers
Derek Stepan

Ottawa Senators
Alex Chiasson
Mike Hoffman

Philadelphia Flyers
Michael Del Zotto

St. Louis Blues
Magnus Paajarvi

Washington Capitals
Braden Holtby
Marcus Johansson

Larkin, Mantha in tough to make Red Wings roster, says Holland


Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin, two of the brightest forward prospects in the Detroit organization, will be hard pressed to be on the opening night roster — at least according to GM Ken Holland.

From the Detroit Free Press:

“Realistically, I think he’s going to have to come in — it’s going to be a struggle for him to make the team,” Holland said of Mantha. “You gotta come in and take the job. We’ve probably got 14, 15, 16 forwards that we think, legitimately, are going to be competing for a spot on the team. I’m not even sure if Anthony’s in that group.

“Then there’s another group of young players — (Andreas) Athanasiou, (Tomas) Nosek, Mantha — that we think are going to be Red Wings. Are they going to be Red Wings in September? They gotta come in and knock somebody out of the box.”

What about Larkin?

“Same thing,” Holland said. “My take on Larkin is he’s gotta be in our top 12. Coach (Jeff) Blashill’s gotta say to me, as we’re putting the team together, ‘I want him in the lineup.’ He’s not going to be a 13th, 14th forward.”

This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Detroit was already deep at forward before inking AHL Grand Rapids standout Andy Miele to a one-way deal, and signing veteran center Brad Richards on the opening day of free agency.

All told, Detroit currently has 12 NHL-caliber forwards under contract (though one is Johan Franzen, still dealing with concussion issues) with four guys — Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Jurco, Teemu Pulkkinen and Landon Ferraro — still needing new deals.

So, all signs point to both Larkin and Mantha heading to the Griffins next year. For Larkin, the 15th overall pick in 2014, it’ll be a chance to further impress after scoring five points in six Calder Cup playoff games this year.

For Mantha, the 20th overall pick in ’13, it’ll be a chance to rebound after a tough year in which Red Wings executive Jim Devellano said Mantha was “very, very, very disappointing.”

Weiss unsure about his spot in Detroit next season

Toronto Maple Leafs v Detroit Red Wings

Stephen Weiss appeared in just 52 of the Red Wings’ 82 games this season, and only two in a seven-game playoff loss to Tampa Bay.

So, not surprisingly, he’s a bit concerned about his future in Detroit.

“After the way things ended this year? No, not really,” Weiss told the Detroit Press, when asked if he thought he had a role on the team next season. “I gotta earn a spot, there’s no doubt about it.”

Signed to a lucrative five-year, $24.5 million deal in 2013, Weiss’ tenure in Detroit has been an injury-ravaged disappointment; the 32-year-old has missed 86 games to ailments (and, healthy scratches) since joining the club, tallying a mere 11 goals and 29 points.

Weiss carries the third-largest cap hit among Detroit forwards ($4.9M annually) and with some key RFAs needing new deals this summer — Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Jurco chief among them — it’s possible Weiss’ name will come up in buyout talks. Though the financial hit would be a tough pill to swallow and carry on for a lengthy period of time (click here for more detailed analysis), it’s important to remember that, during last week’s end-of-year media availability, Wings GM Ken Holland said “money is no object” when it came to retaining the services of head coach Mike Babcock.

Does the same mantra apply to the roster? If it’s in connection with keeping Babcock, one would have to think yes.

Babcock won’t discuss future yet, but sees challenges ahead for Wings

Mike Babcock

Are the Detroit Red Wings a team moving up courtesy of a young core led by Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan, Danny DeKeyser, and Petr Mrazek? Or are they a fading dynasty having already lost former leaders like Nicklas Lidstrom and on the brink of watching the two stars they have left head off into the sunset?

“Who’s going to replace Pav?” head coach Mike Babcock asked, per NHL.com’s Аrpon Basu. One of the best two-way forwards in the game, Pavel Datsyuk will turn 37 in July. Henrik Zetterberg will celebrate his 35th birthday in October.

“Our team is not as good as it was,” Babcock also noted, according to Postmedia News’ Michael Traikos.

That’s hard to dispute. Detroit has only won a single playoff series in its last four campaigns after reaching the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back years in 2008-09. They won it all in 2008. Once Zetterberg and Datsyuk are gone or even just less effective, will the Red Wings start missing the playoffs entirely? Do they have anyone on their roster capable of filling that massive void?

Certainly the future isn’t all fire and brimstone for Detroit. The players mentioned off the bat have proven to be solid contributors and with their help, Detroit both made the playoffs and gave Tampa Bay a run for its money in the first round. The fact that the Red Wings came within a hair of advancing can’t be just brushed under the rug.

That being said, Babcock has raised legitimate points, and it will only add fuel to the speculation that the highly regarded coach will walk as a free agent this summer. Babcock didn’t confirm anything tonight, but Edmonton, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Toronto, and likely others would certainly be eager to sign him if he’s available.

Shocker at the Joe: Johnson’s heroics push Bolts past Detroit

Ondrej Palat

For one night, Joe Louis belonged to a guy named Johnson.

Tyler Johnson, that is.

The Tampa Bay sophomore put on a performance of a lifetime in Thursday’s Game 4, scoring two goals — including the decisive OT tally — as the Bolts rallied from a two-goal deficit with less than six minutes remaining to stun the Red Wings.

With the win, Tampa evened the first-round series at two games a piece, and swung momentum its way.

In a major way.

For the majority of the evening, the story was Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek, who posted 100 minutes of shutout hockey stemming from his Game 4 clean sheet. Mrazek’s performance was something of a surprise, especially since Tampa Bay had the best goals per game average in the NHL over the course of the 2014-15 campaign; what’s more, the Red Wings goaltender had just 40 career games worth of NHL experience and was hooked from Game 2 after allowing four goals on 18 shots.

But Mrazek was at his finest for the majority of the evening. So too were his teammates.

Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson each scored their first goals of the series in the second period, giving Detroit what looked to be a comfortable lead. Andersson’s tally looked as though it could deflate Tampa Bay, given Bolts goalie Ben Bishop scored in his own net, but both he and Tampa Bay maintained composure and kept the deficit at two, which proved vital in the third.

Johnson started the comeback with a goal at the 14:34 mark, then set up Ondrej Palat for the equalizer just 77 seconds later. The quick turn of events stunned the Joe Louis crowd, which had all but locked in a 3-1 series lead for their Red Wings.

Wasn’t to be, though. Detroit now faces the daunting task of having to beat Tampa Bay in a best-of-three series, with two of those games scheduled to be played at Amalie Arena.