Wings Re-Up Bertuzzi and Frk

The Red Wings announced contract extensions for Tyler Bertuzzi and Martin Frk on Monday.

As per annoying club policy, financial terms were not officially announced but leaked almost immediately.  Bertuzzi’s deal is reportedly for two years at a $1.4 million cap hit while Frk’s is for one year at $1.05 million.

Both players will be restricted free agents upon the expiration of their deals.

Frk’s contract is interesting in that the Red Wings did not give him a qualifying offer over the weekend, meaning he was set to become an unrestricted free agent.  The qualifying offer would have been less than what he ended up signing for.  It’s possible that the Red Wings didn’t bother with a paper qualifying offer because they knew they had a deal hammered out already but that’s conjecture on my part.

Bertuzzi’s deal is a healthy raise from the $661,667 salary cap hit he carried last season, bringing him closer to in line with Luke Glendening.

With Bertuzzi re-signed and bound for the Red Wings’ roster next season, I predict that he’ll wear the #17 he wore in juniors now that David Booth is no longer using it.

In addition to not qualifying Frk (before re-signing him anyway), the Red Wings did not give qualifying offers to Dan Renouf or Zach NastasiukMatt Puempel did receive a qualifying offer.

Red Wings Call Up Forward Ferraro

With Justin Abdelkader expected to miss the Red Wings’ Tuesday-night matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes and Pavel Datsyuk nursing an ankle injury, Detroit called up forward Landon Ferraro from the Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday.

Ferraro made his NHL debut with the Red Wings last season, going without a point in a four-game stint.

For the Griffins this year, Ferraro has 27 goals and 15 assists for 42 points in 70 games.

Ferraro, 23, was selected by the Red Wings in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, 32nd overall. He is in his fourth professional season.

The Red Wings also assigned forward Zach Nastasiuk to the Griffins, as his season with the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack came to a close.

Red Wings Hold Off Flames for 4-3 Win

Despite surrendering a 2-0 lead in the second period, the Detroit Red Wings held off a late push by the Calgary Flames on Friday night to pick up a 4-3 win.

Joakim Andersson threw a shot towards the net from below the goal line in the right-wing corner at just 1:25 of the third period. The puck deflected off a skate and slipped past Calgary goalie and former Red Wing Joey MacDonald to put Detroit up 3-2.

Justin Abdelkader scored the eventual game-winner with 3:24 remaining in the period, wristing a shot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle over MacDonald and into the top of the net.

With MacDonald on the bench for an extra attacker, Curtis Glencross made it 4-3 with just 10 seconds remaining, throwing the puck to the front of the net from behind the goal. It deflected off of Niklas Kronwall and slipped past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard to round out the game’s scoring.

Pavel Datsyuk had gotten the Red Wings on the board with 9:03 left in the opening period. Jakub Kindl‘s shot from the blue line was stopped but MacDonald couldn’t control the rebound, with the puck coming to Datsyuk in the slot for a chance into the open side of the net.

Henrik Zetterberg made it 2-0 with 2:45 left in the period, fed by Todd Bertuzzi on a cross-crease pass for a shot into the vacated net before MacDonald could get back across.

With 9:45 left in the middle frame, Chris Butler got the Flames on the board. On a broken play the puck came out to Butler at the blue line. As he drifted towards the high slot he unleashed a shot that deflected off Joakim Andersson and past Howard to make it 2-1.

Rookie Sean Monahan tied things up 2:32 later when he was left untouched driving through the left circle to take a pass from Mike Cammalleri and snap a shot past Howard.

Howard would finish the night with 22 saves on 25 shots against. MacDonald made 18 saves on 22 Detroit chances.

Neither team scored on the power play on the night. Detroit had three tries with the man-advantage to Calgary’s five.

The Red Wings continue their Western Canadian road trip on Saturday in Edmonton.

Johan Franzen left the game after the second period with flu-like symptoms… Petr Mrazek was called up before the game to back up Jimmy Howard, as Jonas Gustavsson suffered a strained neck during warm-ups in Vancouver on Wednesday… Prior to the game the Red Wings announced the signing of 2013 draft pick Zach Nastasiuk to a three-year entry-level contract.

Red Wings Claim Prospect Tournament Title

The Detroit Red Wings earned their first-ever championship at the Traverse City NHL Prospect Tournament on Monday night.

The host Red Wings defeated the prospects from the Buffalo Sabres, 4-2, in a rematch of the 2011 championship.

Detroit’s 2013 draft picks led the way, with Anthony Mantha (first round, 20th overall) scoring twice and Zach Nastasiuk (second round, 48th overall) adding another. Tomas Jurco (second round, 35th overall in 2011) rounded out the scoring.

Mantha got things started with a power play goal with just 1:18 remaining in the first period and extended Detroit’s lead only 29 seconds into the second.

Frederick Roy pulled Buffalo back to within a goal at 3:22 of the third before Nastasiuk put the Red Wings back up by a pair at the period’s midway point.

With 7:13 remaining the Sabres pulled back within striking distance on a goal by Peter Trainor.

Jurco scored into the empty net in the game’s final minute to secure the win.

Undrafted free agent signing Jared Coreau got the win in goal for Detroit, stopping 23 of the 25 shots he faced for his second victory of the tournament. Nathan Lieuwen took the loss for the Sabres with 36 saves on 39 shots.

Red Wings’ 2013 Development Camp Sweater Number Stuff

As I’ve mentioned every summer for the past few years, I love it when the Red Wings’ training camp rosters come out and we get to see who will be wearing what number. I’m a geek about sweater numbers (as seen with yesterday’s post on how to get Alfredsson into #11) so that’s fun to me.

With today’s release of the jersey numbers for Detroit’s 2013 Development Camp, we can get a look at some of the changes soon to come. Last year we were told that development camp numbers meant nothing but only Luke Glendening (who was on a tryout at the time of the development camp) switched between camp and the Red & White Game in January, so I think it’s safe to use these numbers as indicators.

Of immediate note, the recently-signed Glendening has moved from the #72 he wore in camp and the #65 he wore in the Red & White Game (now taken by Danny DeKeyser) to #21. That number had been assigned to Tomas Tatar, so the fact that Glendening has it now seems to validate the report that he’d requested a switch to #90.

Similarly, Phillippe Hudon has been given #63 (he wore #61 last year), which wouldn’t be available if Joakim Andersson were not switching. I’d been expecting Andersson to take #18 as soon as it became available, which is the case with Ian White no longer on the team.

It’s worth noting that no number changes were expected for goalies Petr Mrazek and Tom McCollum but Mrazek’s #34 was assigned to free agent Andrew D’Agostini and McCollum’s #38 went to tryout Toni Eskelinen.
It would appear that Tomas Jurco will not be switching back to #28 now that it has been made available by Carlo Colaiacovo‘s buyout as it’s been assigned to free agent invitee Trevor Hamilton. Other numbers that had been assigned to a player last year include Jan Mursak‘s #39 (given to first-round draft pick Anthony Mantha), Kent Huskins‘ #3 (given to Nick Jensen) and Joey MacDonald‘s #31 (free agent signing Jared Coreau).
The only player keeping the same number from last year’s camp is Marek Tvrdon, who holds on to #60.

The changes from last year are as follows (excluding free agent invitees who are returning):

Player Name Old Num. New Num.
Andreas Athanasiou 76 72
Rasmus Bodin 75 67
Martin Frk 48 42
James De Haas 74 75
Nick Jensen 71 3
Richard Nedomlel 3 77
Xavier Ouellet 54 61
Ryan Sproul 22 48

The final switch is a humorous one. Red Wings’ goaltending prospect Jake Paterson switches to the #36 previously assigned to goalie Jordan Pearce, while the #68 he wore last year will be assigned to free agent tryout goalie Jake Patterson (that number was worn by Chad Billins, now in the Calgary Flames organization, during the Red & White Game).

Numbers for players marking their first appearance at the development camp are as follows:

Player Name Number
Tyler Bertuzzi 59
Mattias Janmark 81
Alexei Marchenko 47
Hampus Melen 83
Marc McNulty 74
Zach Nastasiuk 62
David Pope 64

Bertuzzi’s #59 had previously been assigned to Francis Pare, who signed with TPS of Finland today as an unrestricted free agent.

Update, 11:25 PM: The Left Wing Lock’s Sarah Lindenau Tweeted the following regarding the numbers assigned during the Wings’ development camp:

As I said at the top, we were told last year that the development camp numbers meant nothing. That was a season that saw Brian Lashoff switch from #25 to #23 and Martin Frk assigned the #48 that had been worn the prior season by Cory Emmerton. Weeks later, Emmerton’s switch from #48 to #25 was announced.

Clearly some of these numbers mean nothing. I would be shocked if Zach Nastasiuk ever wears #62 in a regular season game for Detroit (or if he’s even wearing it in the next camp). Similarly, I don’t expect Andreas Athanasiou to wear any number in the 70s if/when he cracks the lineup.

Whether intentional or not, the trend for the Wings is that players wearing numbers in the 50s or higher are the guys not expected to crack the lineup that year and they wear numbers that may be randomly assigned. The lower your number gets the more likely you are of a call-up, until you’re actually assigned a “real” number.

In his first camp, Tomas Tatar wore #72. The next year, when he was in line for a call-up during the season, he was down to #21. Landon Ferraro wore #57 in his first camp and was down to #41 last year. We’ll see what number he actually wears if and when he ever makes his debut.

In the time that I’ve been watching the camp numbers, no prospect has ever been assigned the number of a player already on the Red Wings’ roster. Much like Frk getting #48 last year was a sign of Emmerton’s upcoming switch, I think #21 and #63 being assigned makes it safe to say Tatar and Joakim Andersson will be getting new numbers next year. No, I don’t know it for certain, it would just follow the trend. A prospect being assigned the number of a roster player seems to mean something.

Perhaps #34 and #38 were given out because those numbers went to free agents who won’t be back for the main camp, when Petr Mrazek and Tom McCollum return. Or maybe McCollum will finally take the #33 he wore in junior. Those two we’ll have to wait to see.

Red Wings Focus on Forwards at 2013 NHL Entry Draft

The Detroit Red Wings had said they wanted to find forwards to add to their prospect stable in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and they stuck to that plan on Sunday, with six of their eight selections playing one of the forward positions.

Only their fifth- and sixth-round selections were defensemen and they selected no goalies.

The six/two positional split was mirrored by the makeup by nationality. Six of Detroit’s selections were Canadians while the other two were Swedes.

The Red Wings had been slated to pick 18th overall but traded that choice to the San Jose Sharks in return for the 20th overall pick and the 58th selection. With the 20th choice, Detroit picked forward Anthony Mantha of the QMJHL’s Val d’Or Foreurs. The 6’4″ forward is the grandson of former Red Wing Andre Pronovost and was the only 50-goal scorer available in the draft.

At 48th overall Detroit went with Zach Nastasiuk of the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack. At 6’1″ and 190 pounts, Nastasiuk was described as “a high-energy power forward who plays a physical style.”

With the 58th selection acquired from San Jose, the Red Wings went with a familiar name in Tyler Bertuzzi. The nephew of Detroit forward Todd Bertuzzi, the Red Wings described Tyler, who – like his uncle – comes out of the OHL’s Guelph Storm, as “very aggressive and is willing to play in the hard areas.”

The Red Wings made their first Swedish selection in the third round at 79th overall, center Mattias Janmark-Nylen of the Swedish Elite League’s AIK. They went back to Canada for their fourth-round selection, left wing David Pope of the BCHL’s West Kelowna Warriors at 109th overall.

Detroit’s first defenseman selected was 6’5″, 231 pound Mitch Wheaton of the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets, picked in the fifth round with the 139th overall selection. The Red Wings went with another defenseman in the sixth round, the 6’6″ Marc McNulty of the WHL’s Prince George Cougars at 169th overall.

Small Swedish forward Hampus Melen wrapped up the Red Wings’ selections at 199th overall in the seventh round.

Former Red Wings draft pick Alan Quine, who went unsigned by the team, was redrafted by the New York Islanders.

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