Landon Ferraro

Wings ink Landon Ferraro to a one-year deal


The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed forward Landon Ferraro to a one-year deal, the club announced.

According to Ansar Khan of, Ferraro’s deal is a two-way contract worth $600,000.

Ferraro’s one-year, $550,000 contract expired last week making him a restricted free agent.

The 23-year-old scored his first NHL goal on April 11. He appeared in three regular season games with Detroit during the 2014-15 season scoring a goal and averaging 11:59 in ice time. Ferraro also played seven playoff games with the Wings registering a minus-2 rating while averaging 10:09 in time on ice a night.

In 70 AHL games with Grand Rapids last season Ferraro scored a career-high 27 goals to go along with 15 assists and 61 penalty minutes.

Ferraro was originally the Wings’ second-round selection (32nd overall) at the 2009 NHL Draft.

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.”

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


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.

PHT Morning Skate: Where we’re talking prospect camps

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

New Penguins prospect Brian Dumoulin is already familiar with their system as it’s just like the one he had at Boston College. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Red Wings prospect Landon Ferraro (Ray’s son) isn’t naturally a scorer but has been in camp. That’s cool, right? (Detroit Free Press)

Garrett Ross wants to be the next Brandon Saad in Blackhawks camp. They’re junior teammates so he’s got that going for him, which is nice. (

Garrett Haar continues to prove himself at Capitals camp. (Washington Post)

They’re loving Colgate standout Austin Smith in Dallas. (Stars)

Ryan Suter regrets causing pain to the Predators. You hear that David Poile? He’s sorry! (Tennessean)

The Blues made some moves yesterday but they’re not done yet… (Post-Dispatch)

Zach Bogosian is happy to see the Jets add size in the offseason. (Winnipeg Sun)