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Filip Zadina Signs A Three-Year Entry-Level Contract


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Sides Still Trying To Figure Out Where Filip Zadina Will Play If Not In Detroit

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

Where can Zadina play in 2018-19?

We will know if a few weeks, maybe.

A bunch of lawyers are working on it.

At issue: Is Zadina a European player, or is he a Canadian major junior player?

The key, GM Ken Holland told The Detroit News on Friday, is the agreement that got Zadina from playing in the Czech Republic in 2016-17, to the roster of the Halifax Mooseheads, in Nova Scotia, in 2017-18.

Different NHL eligibility applies to European players and players in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), a major junior association for 16- to 20-year-olds.

And, whether Zadina is a European player on loan to the CHL (the umbrella organization to which the QMJHL, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League belong), or officially a CHL player will determine his destination, should the Wings not retain him on the NHL roster after training camp.


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Arbitration Rights Make A Difference

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

This time last year, Athanasiou was in almost precisely the same position he found himself this summer, with one notable difference. In 2017, Athanasiou was coming off a 19-goal season and was a restricted free agent. But he did not have arbitration rights. An ugly, ugly negotiation ensued between the two sides that resulted in Athanasiou missing training camp and the first 10 games of the season before signing a one-year deal worth $1.4 million that left both sides bitter and upset with each other.

Contrast that to this summer when, by all indications, the Red Wings were prepared to take another tough stance on negotiations with Athanasiou. The difference this time was that Athanasiou had arbitration rights, a right he would have almost certainly elected to pursue when the deadline hit at 5 p.m. on Thursday. The same player and team that went to war last summer managed to somehow find a way to make it work five days into his tenure as a restricted free agent.

There is no way this deal gets done amicably without the threat of arbitration....

They still have to sign Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha to deals, but neither side has the option of going to arbitration because the players are too young. The Red Wings essentially view Larkin as about a $6 million-per-year player and Mantha somewhere in the $3-million range. If the two sides were faced with the possibility of going through arbitration, those deals probably would have been done by now. As it is, the Red Wings face the uncertainty of locking horns this summer with two of their top three scorers.


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Wings Have The Cap Room To Sign Dylan Larkin And Anthony Mantha

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings have 20 players signed to one-way contracts, totaling a cap hit of approximately $70.8 million (12 forwards, six defensemen, two goaltenders).

That includes Johan Franzen, who'll be placed on long-term injured reserve before the season, giving the club cap relief (possibly close to $3.9 million).

Add to that about $2.6 million of dead cap space from the bought-out contracts of Stephen Weiss and Xavier Ouellet and some bonus payouts from last season.

That adds up to about $73.4 million (including Franzen). The cap ceiling is $79.5 million....

Factoring in cap relief from Franzen's contract, the Red Wings should be able to sign Larkin and Mantha without having to dump a contract.


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Andreas Athanasiou Signing Is Official

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today re-signed left wing Andreas Athanasiou to a two-year contract.

Athanasiou, 23, completed his third full NHL season in 2017-18 and recorded a career-high 33 points (16-17-33) in 71 games, alongside 16 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 188-pound forward ranked among Red Wings leaders with 16 goals (T3rd), 17 assists (T9th), 33 points (T6th), 170 shots (5th) and 38 takeaways (T4th). He also tied an NHL record last season by scoring six seconds into an overtime period on Jan. 3 vs. Ottawa – becoming the fourth player to ever score an overtime winner that quickly and the first in the NHL’s three-on-three overtime format (later equaled by Toronto’s William Nylander) – which also established a Red Wings franchise record. In 172 NHL games for Detroit since 2015-16, Athanasiou has tallied 76 points (43-33-76) and 49 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by the Red Wings in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

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Andreas Athanasiou Not Filing For Salary Arbitration

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Dennis Cholowski May Be An Option For The Wings’ Defense Next Season

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Cholowski, the club's top pick in 2016 (20th overall) will be among four defensemen competing for possibly one NHL roster spot. Filip Hronek, coming off a strong rookie season with the Grand Rapids Griffins, has the inside track. Joe Hicketts, who appeared in five games with the Red Wings last season, and Libor Sulak, who is 24 and has played four years in Europe, also are in the mix.

Red Wings director of player development Shawn Horcoff praised the 6-1, 195-pound Cholowski's work ethic and determination during last week's development camp at Little Caesars Arena.

"He really put the work in last summer and obviously improved in the season," Horcoff said. "His weight is up; his strength is up. It's still early in the summer and there's lot of work to be done, but he looks good as of now."


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Detroit Went Off The Map With 7th Round Pick Otto Kivenmaki

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

They picked a prospect who couldn’t have been further from the draft, who had no idea he was even under consideration. A kid who certainly wasn’t planning on it happening or preparing for any development camps. He didn’t even go to the draft combine in Buffalo.

Otto Kivenmaki was in Milan, Italy, with his girlfriend and her family, enjoying a meal while on vacation when his phone rang. It was his agent.

“Yeah, I wasn’t expecting that,” Kivenmaki told The Athletic.

With the 191st overall pick in the 2018 draft, the Red Wings took an 18-year-old forward who is listed 5-foot-8, 154 pounds. And that’s up from the 137 pounds he’s listed at on his hockeydb page.

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It’s Detroit Or Halifax For Filip Zadina

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings and Filip Zadina were both under the impression he could play in the AHL in 2018-19, but have been told his junior team wants him back if he does not make the Wings.

During last week’s development camp, Zadina, the sixth overall pick in the 2018 draft, said he had been loaned by his Czech team to his junior team. That was also what the Wings believed. It’s a significant distinction because if Zadina were on loan, he could be sent to the AHL if he does not make the Wings. That would make it easy to call him back up.

Tuesday evening, Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press he had been informed Halifax Mooseheads general manager Cam Russell wants Zadina back if he’s not in the NHL.


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Why The Wings Signed The Older Players

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

By bringing back Mike Green and Thomas Vanek, the rebuilding Detroit Red Wings are projected to have one of the oldest rosters in the NHL.

The moves might block a younger player or two from making the team.

But general manager Ken Holland cited several reasons for wanting to sign these veterans, not the least of which is their offensive ability for a team that ranked 28th in the NHL in goals per game.

Vanek, 34, signed a one-year contract for $3 million, after producing 24 goals and 56 points for Vancouver and Columbus last season.

"When we had him the season before, he was very popular in the locker room. The players looked up to him," Holland said. "We signed him to score goals, but he's as good a playmaker as he is a goal-scorer. He's a big body. He's going to be good on the power play as a net-front presence. He shoots right. We don't have a lot of right-hand shooters up front."

The Red Wings wanted to sign him a year ago but didn't have the cap space.


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