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Frans Nielsen In A Battle For A Roster Spot And Justin Abdelkader Looking For The Right Fit

01/08/2021 at 6:04pm EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

In a way it was a promotion. But it's still a bleak picture for Frans Nielsen.

The Red Wings veteran forward was rotating onto a spot on the fourth line by the end of this week, not certain of an Opening Night lineup spot — but at least there was a chance.

It was an improvement over when training camp began last week, when Nielsen appeared outside the lineup entirely, given how the teams and lines were initially set.

Nielsen is coming off a poor season. He knew improvement needed to be shown heading into this season.

Coach Jeff Blashill has consistently been positive discussing the way Nielsen has gone about business this week.


from Mark Falkner of the Detroit News,

The agent for former Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader said Abdelkader is still looking for "the right fit" with the National Hockey League season scheduled to start next week with five games on Wednesday.

The Red Wings open the 2020-21 season the following night at Little Caesars Arena against the Carolina Hurricanes.

"Justin is eager to join a new NHL team," said Newport Sports Management agent Wade Arnott, who also represents Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser. "We're continuing to monitor NHL training camps."


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