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Everything You Need To Know About Detroit’s Training Camp And Prospect Tournament

DETROIT - Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the Red Wings will return to Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich., to host their annual NHL Prospect Tournament and Training Camp, as well as the 20th Annual Training Camp Golf Classic at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, Mich.

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Questions For Ansar Khan

Ansar Khan of Mlive answers questions from the fans....

Q: I know it's too early to know if Zadina or Rasmussen will be on the team next year, but let's assume they are. How would you project the line combinations?

A: It's never too soon to talk lines, as we'll see from the comments your question will generate.

Here's what I came up with just the other day while scribbling some stuff on a napkin at Starbucks:

Anthony Mantha-Dylan Larkin-Filip Zadina

Andreas Athanasiou-Frans Nielsen-Michael Rasmussen

Gustav Nyquist-Darren Helm-Thomas Vanek

Tyler Bertuzzi-Luke Glendening-Justin Abdelkader

Extras: Martin Frk, Luke Witkowski

I didn't include Henrik Zetterberg because some in the organization doubt he'll return. But I don't believe anyone knows for certain, maybe not even Zetterberg himself.

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What Will Detroit’s Roster Look Like?

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

Judged by actions, Ken Holland, Jeff Blashill and their staffs continue to make plain they believe too many prospects cannot play at the NHL level to consider a wholesale shift to the apprentices.

So, last week, the Red Wings gave Mike Green another two seasons and brought back Thomas Vanek.

They provided no-trade clauses that Holland said were required to extend Green, who turns 33 the first week of the season, and return Vanek, who is 34, now.

And, they replaced their one-time goalie of the future, Petr Mrazek, with a journeyman, Jonathan Bernier.

At an average of about 30.8 years, several years into a self-described rebuild-on-the-fly, and two years after Holland said he really began to emphasize the transition, the Red Wings will be one of the top two or three oldest teams among the 31 NHL franchises.


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Ken Holland’s Philosophy

from Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press,

...in the larger context of a rebuild fans keep waiting to begin in earnest, the signings last week felt familiar in the worst kind of way. Decisions that could potentially slow the development of the youngsters.

“We signed some veteran players because it’s important we have some veterans around our kids," Holland told the Free Press last week. "But at the same time, it’s important that those kids get an opportunity. We believe we can make both things happen.”

Taken at face value — or in a vacuum — Holland's philosophy makes sense. No professional sports team thrives without a mix of (relative) youth and experience, even teams trying to crawl back out from the muck.

It's more a question of balance: How much youth versus how much experience?  


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Filip Zadina Signs A Three-Year Entry-Level Contract


added 11:22am, Detroit press release is below.

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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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