Tag: Joakim Andersson


Wings re-sign Andersson: one year, $815,000


Detroit has re-upped with pending RFA Joakim Andersson on a one-year, $815,000 deal, per ESPN.

The deal represents a slight raise for the Swedish forward, who just finished off a two-year, $1.465 million deal with an average annual cap hit of $732,500.

Andersson, 26, had something of a disappointing campaign in ’14-15 after performing well in his first full NHL season. He scored just eight points in 68 games this year, after scoring 17 in 65 the year prior. He also saw his minutes drop, averaging just 11:30 TOI per night.

It will be interesting, however, to see if Andersson has more success under new Detroit head coach Jeff Blashill. Andersson was a solid contributor for Blashill with AHL Grand Rapids from 2012-13, scoring 78 points in 106 games.

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.

Oops…goalie Ben Bishop scores on his own net

Bishop goal

Well, Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop got off to a good start in tonight’s first round contest against the Red Wings. It took a great play by Henrik Zetterberg for Detroit to finally beat him in the second period.

The second goal he allowed though was…not great. Red Wings forward Joakim Andersson flung the puck towards the net and Bishop managed to block it. However, that caused the puck to spurt upwards and Bishop presumably attempted to knock it away with his stick. In practice what he actually did was knock it backwards and into his own net:

With that, Detroit took a 2-0 lead into the second intermission. Given that the Red Wings entered this game with a 2-1 series lead, this is a potentially devastating error for Bishop. Still, the Lightning have an opportunity to bounce back.

Blashill: No conversations about inheriting Detroit gig from Babcock


Jeff Blashill, head coach of Detroit’s AHL affiliate and rumored to be Mike Babcock’s heir apparent, said he’s had zero talks with GM Ken Holland about going behind the Wings’ bench.

“We have not had one conversation about it since Ken and I sat down last spring to talk about doing a new contract and me being the head coach of the Griffins,” Blashill said, per MLive. “That’s the only conversation we’ve had.”

Babcock, in the final year of his contract with Detroit, is believed to be highly sought-after by a number of clubs. Toronto, Philadelphia, Buffalo and San Jose all currently have coaching vacancies.

Detroit inked Blashill to a three-year extension last June, which many saw as a precursor to him eventually taking the head gig at the NHL level. Blashill, 41, has been with Detroit since the 2011-12 season, first spending a year behind the Red Wings bench as Babcock’s assistant before taking the head coaching gig with the Griffins.

In Grand Rapids, he’s enjoyed tremendous success. The Griffins won the Calder Cup two years ago and advanced to the Western Conference semis last year; this season, they’ll open the playoffs as the West’s No. 2 seed.

Blashill is thought of very highly within the Detroit organization. He’s overseen the development and promotion of Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco, Joakim Andersson, Luke Glendening and Brendan Smith and, shortly prior to signing Blashill to the aforementioned extension, Holland called him “an NHL coach in the making.”

But it doesn’t sound like he’s ready to make the leap just yet.

“As in the past, I honestly don’t even think about it,” Blashill explained. “I have never been in a job and thought about what’s next. I’ve always thought about right now, and that’s a series with Toronto [Marlies, Grand Rapids’ Round 1 opponent], and that’s my sole focus.

“I signed a contract last year because I really enjoy my job and I really enjoy working for the Red Wings.”

Abby Out: No Abdelkader (hand) for Detroit in Game 1

Detroit Red Wings v Philadelphia Flyers

One of Detroit’s four 20-goal scorers won’t be in the lineup tonight for its series opener against Tampa Bay.

Justin Abdelkader, who scored a career-high 23 times this year, will sit out this evening’s tilt with a hand injury carried over from the regular season. Abdelkader suffered the ailment on April 4 against the Minnesota Wild and missed the final four regular-season games, but did practice this week in the hopes of being ready for Game 1.

Without him in the lineup, the Red Wings will make some adjustments.

The biggest of which might be putting Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg together on a line with Darren Helm. That trio provides plenty of offense — Datsyuk had 65 points in 63 games this year, Zetterberg 66 in 77 — and Helm scored a personal best 15 goals.

As for the rest of the lines…

Gustav Nyquist – Riley Sheahan – Tomas Tatar

Stephen Weiss – Joakim Andersson – Tomas Jurco

Drew Miller – Luke Glendening – Landon Ferraro

While head coach Mike Babcock does have some good depth here and nice options in reserve, Abdelkader will still be missed. He’s blossomed into a good net-front/power forward type and, despite being just 28 years old, has a wealth of postseason experience — 70 career playoff games heading into this spring.