Monday Wings news round-up

Of Red Wings-related note this morning, on a source-by-source basis:


  1. Dana Wakiji penned a round-up of the Red Wings’ draft grades, and as you know by now, the Wings earned superb marks for drafting Filip Zadina and Joe Veleno in the 1st round, as well as snagging Jonatan Berggren early in the 2nd round;
  2. The Red Wings signed Tyler Bertuzzi and Martin Frk to 2-year and 1-year contracts, respectively;
  3. And the Red Wings announced their development camp roster on Monday afternoon.

B. MLive:

1. According to Ansar Khan, Bertuzzi will earn $1.4 million per season, and Frk will earn $1.05 million over the course of his deal;

2. The Grand Rapids Press’s Peter J. Wallner confirmed that the Grand Rapids Griffins snagged scoring forward Carter Camper in a trade with the AHL’s Tuscon Roadrunners;

3. And Khan discussed the attendees at the Wings’ summer development camp.

C. Detroit Free Press:

1. Helene St. James confirmed that the Wings re-signed Bertuzzi and Frk;

2. And the Free Press’s “Greatest of All Time” Red Wings player vote has advanced to the round of 16.

D. Detroit News:

1. The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan had this to say about the Wings’ re-signing of Bertuzzi and Frk:

With the addition of draft pick Filip Zadina on Friday, another wing, the Wings have a glut of forwards and likely will make a trade before training camp.

Frk, Gustav Nyquist (one year from unrestricted free agency), and Luke Glendening are expected to be candidates to be dealt.

2. Kulfan also produced an article in which he discusses-via-photo-gallery the top 26 unrestricted free agents available, including Mike Green.

E. Hockeybuzz:

  1. Hockeybuzz’s Bob Duff confirmed the Wings’ re-signings of Tyler Bertuzzi and Martin Frk, as well as the team’s decision to not qualify Dan Renouf or Zach Nastasiuk.


1.’s Nicholas J. Costonika spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland and director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright regarding the team’s draft haul:

General manager Ken Holland said Monday the Red Wings will give forwards Evgeny Svechnikov, 21, Michael Rasmussen, 19, and Zadina, 18, each a good chance to make the NHL roster in training camp and preseason.

“They’re going to play all preseason — probably five, six games — and then we’ll make the decision,” Holland said. “But probably one of those kids … will make the team. Maybe two. Maybe three. We’ll see.”

That means the Red Wings could have up to eight forwards 25 or younger when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets to open the regular season on Oct. 4. Martin Frk turns 25 on Oct. 5. Andreas Athanasiou and Anthony Mantha will be 24 by then. Tyler Bertuzzi will be 23 and Dylan Larkin will be 22.

Some of it depends on what Holland does when free agency opens July 1. He might add up front to boost the offense, but only if he can find someone on a relatively short, cheap contract.

There is room for youth on defense, too. If Mike Green leaves as an unrestricted free agent, Holland will try to add another veteran. Still, with the buyout of Xavier Ouellet, that leaves at least one spot for a younger player like Joe Hicketts, 22, Vili Saarijarvi, 21, Dennis Cholowski, 20, and Filip Hronek, 20.

“If two kids make it, then we’ll carry eight (defensemen) and we’ll have two kids on the team,” Holland said.

Cotsonika continues


1. Clark Rasmussen breaks down the significant digits worn by players at the Wings’ summer development camp.

H. WJBK Fox 2 Detroit:

1. Fox 2’s Dan Miller spoke with the Oakland Press’s Pat Caputo and Detroit News’s John Niyo on Sunday night’s Sportsworks program, and the trio did address the Wings’ draft class:


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