Red Wings Rumors & News

  • Wings' Mrazek won't prepare differently this summer

    Detroit Free Press "Goaltender Petr Mrazek knows the challenge that lies ahead next season. "Only one goalie can play," Mrazek said recently. "I'm going to do my best to play as much as I want to and do the best job." Mrazek was 16-9-2 with a 2.38 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage in 29 games for..." May 25

  • How is Red Wings' potential pursuit of Dion Phaneuf affected by Mike Babcock's move to Toronto?

    Michigan Live "Now that Mike Babcock is in Toronto, will Dion Phaneuf have a new lease on life? Or will it expedite his departure? That will be one of the main storylines this summer and possibly into the season for the Maple Leafs. The Detroit Red Wings figure to be watching with interest. The Red Wings..." May 25

  • Red Wings' Zetterberg and wife expecting first child

    Detroit Free Press "Don't think of it as losing a coach, we're gaining another little Detroit Red Wing. Captain Henrik Zetterberg and wife Emma Andersson are expecting their first child. "Yes, that is true," Zetterberg told Sweden's Sportbladet (via Google translate). "We get our first child in late summer." May 23

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    Ted Kulfan @tkulfan

    Jim Hiller will join Babcock in Toronto. Hiller ran the power play and did so effectively this season with the Red Wings.

  • Slava Fetisov wants to ban young Russians from playing in NHL "Slava Fetisov, a former NHL defenseman that is now a senator in Russia, has called for the country to place a ban on young Russian players from playing in the NHL, restrictions that used to be in place until the late 1980s when Fetisov himself was one of the first players from the country to make..." May 23

  • Jeff Blashill wants to be Red Wings' next coach

    Detroit News "Jeff Blashill is ready to make the jump to the NHL. Blashill, the Red Wings' minor league affiliate head coach in Grand Rapids told WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids after Thursday's practice at Van Andel Arena coaching the Red Wings has been a career goal. "I would like to be the next head coach of..." May 23

  • Babcock says goodbye to Wings fans in full-page ad

    Detroit News "In a society where class and character are often mistaken for each other, former Detroit Red Wing coach Mike Babcock is again showing both to his friends, fans and admirers. Friday’s Detroit News and Detroit Free Press display a full-page ad in which the outgoing coach thanks his legions of..." May 22

  • Top Wings prospect Dylan Larkin leaves U-M for pros

    Detroit Free Press "Dylan Larkin is back from the world championships and onto the AHL playoffs. Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press today that Larkin, the blue-chip prospect from Waterford, is joining the Grand Rapids Griffins under an amateur tryout contract, forgoing his final..." May 21

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Mike Babcock will be the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, source confirms

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    Aaron Ward @TSNAaronWard

    Source say Mike Babcock has decided to leave the Detroit Red Wings. #TSN

  • Red Wings increase their offer to Mike Babcock; Toronto and Buffalo reportedly in bidding war

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Red Wings have upped the ante in their attempts to keep Mike Babcock as coach. A league source confirmed the Red Wings have offered Babcock a five-year deal worth $4 million per season, as first reported by's Darren Dreger. It appears as if that is Detroit's final offer. The..." May 20

  • Babcock joins Leafs with eight-year, $50M deal "Mike Babcock is being paid a record amount of money to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs in a shocking turn of events. TSN's Darren Dreger is reporting the Stanley Cup and Olympic gold medal-winning coach will be paid an NHL-high $6.25 million per season over an eight-year term with the Leafs after..." May 20

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    Ken Campbell @THNKenCampbell

    A source I trust implicitly tells me it's "close to 100%" that Jeff Blashill will be named next coach of Red Wings soon. No search.

  • Blues move on from Babcock; back to Hitchcock?

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Mike Babcock Sweepstakes are over, and wow were they costly. Babcock has reportedly agreed to an eight-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs worth an estimated $40 million. It will be officially announced Thursday morning. Where that leaves the Blues and their current coach, Ken..." May 20

  • Mike Babcock done talking to other teams, will speak with Red Wings on Tuesday, likely decide on Wednesday

    Michigan Live "Mike Babcock is done talking to other teams. He'll speak with Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland one more time on Tuesday and said he likely will make a decision about his future on Wednesday. "Just going to re-visit everything one more time (with Holland)," Babcock told on..." May 19

  • Leafs will likely miss out on Babcock and McClellan in search for head coach

    Toronto Star "It looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs will be left at the altar by the top two coaching free agents: Mike Babcock and Todd McLellan. Babcock is leaning towards re-signing with the Detroit Red Wings on a short-term basis, a source told the Star. Babcock told the Detroit News he would meet..." May 19

  • Sabres feel they've done everything they could in attempt to land Babcock

    Buffalo News "The Sabres feel they’ve done everything they can to lure Mike Babcock to Buffalo. They hope it’s enough. Buffalo is in position to land the future Hockey Hall of Famer, but his family still has the final say. Babcock reportedly remains set to announce his coaching future by Wednesday, and a..." May 19

  • Four reasons why Mike Babcock should take the Sabres' gigantic offer

    Sporting News "For selfish reasons, we want Mike Babcock, getting pushed and pulled and wined and dined across North America, to end his awkward-if-you’re-involved job search in Buffalo. It’d be interesting, and rooting for interesting things is fun. Still, as the rumor mill surrounding one of the..." May 19

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    Babcock and Holland in the air now returning to Det. Plan was to talk on the flight, meet again tomorrow and make a decision by mid-week...

  • Maple Leafs, Sabres in pursuit of Mike Babcock "It’s a three-team race to secure the services of Mike Babcock. According to Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman in Saturday’s edition of “Headlines” on Hockey Night in Canada, only the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs have formally filed for permission to speak with Babcock regarding his..." May 17

  • Red Wings' Ken Holland glad to hear Mike Babcock will make decision on future next week

    Michigan Live "Mike Babcock will make a decision on his future next week, before the May 25 soft deadline that Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland set forth when he granted the coach permission to speak to other teams. Holland, who along with Babcock, is at the World Championships in the Czech..." May 16

  • Red Wings name prospect tournament trophy after CapGeek founder "Few websites have had as big of an impact on the way the NHL is covered and followed by fans and media as, a website that tracked salary cap information for every player and team in the NHL until January, 2015. It was developed and maintained by a sports writer named Matthew Wuest,..." May 16

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    Nick Cotsonika @cotsonika

    Basically, Holland wanted to know by May 25. Babcock will let him know by May 22.

  • Don Cherry to Mike Babcock: Stay in Detroit

    Buffalo News "Don Cherry has some advice for Mike Babcock: Stay in Detroit. The legendary voice of "Coach's Corner" on "Hockey Night in Canada" went to Twitter today to tell Babcock the grass isn't always greener elsewhere. Buffalo, of course, is interested in getting Babcock to lead its rebuild as the next..." May 16

  • Gordie Howe undergoing more stem cell treatments "Gordie Howe is heading back to Mexico for a second round of stem cell treatments, the Detroit Red Wings announced Thursday. Howe is also moving to Toledo, Ohio to live with his son Murray and be closer to friends and family in Michigan. The 87-year-old currently lives in Lubbock, Texas. The..." May 15

  • Judge Grants Class-Action Status To Sports TV Blackout Antitrust Case "U.S. District Court judge Shira Scheindlin yesterday granted plaintiffs’ motion to certify class action status in an antitrust lawsuit against MLB and the NHL, a case that threatens to demolish the decades-old blackout system in sports media. Scheindlin’s decision, which you can read here,..." May 15

  • Red Wings name prospect tournament trophy after CapGeek founder "Few websites have had as big of an impact on the way the NHL is covered and followed by fans and media as, a website that tracked salary cap information for every player and team in the NHL until January, 2015. It was developed and maintained by a sports writer named Matthew Wuest,..." May 15

  • Oilers appear out of Mike Babcock sweepstakes

    Detroit Free Press "The odds of Mike Babcock returning to coach closer to his home appear to be diminishing. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet told Toronto's Sportsnet 590 on Wednesday that "barring a major collapse," he believes the Edmonton Oilers soon will announce Todd McLellan as their next coach. McLellan, a..." May 14

  • Why does everyone want to hire Mike Babcock -- and fire Ken Hitchcock?

    Toronto Sun "The private planes have already been dispatched, the tours planned, the sales pitches made — daily, even hourly — to Mike Babcock. The eventual coronation can’t possibly be far away. All of this is happening while Ken Hitchcock waits for a telephone call or meeting to learn of his coaching..." May 13

  • Red Wings have decision to make on Stephen Weiss, who is unsure about role in 2015-16

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Red Wings must decide over the next four-to-six weeks whether Stephen Weiss fits into their plans for 2015-16. Weiss was a healthy scratch for the final five playoff games. If the Red Wings think Weiss, with his $4.9 million salary-cap figure, will be watching more games than he'll..." May 13

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    Damien Cox @DamoSpin

    My understanding is Maple Leafs have acquired permission to talk to Mike Babcock. TOR regime likely at front of line. Aggressive group.

  • GM Rutherford says Penguins aren't interested in Babcock

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Cross the Penguins off the list of teams that will pursue high-profile coach Mike Babcock. General manager Jim Rutherford said the Penguins have not reached out to Babcock, and don't plan to, after Babcock was granted permission to speak with other teams by Red Wings GM Ken Holland on..." May 10

  • Flyers in hunt as courting of Red Wings' Babcock begins in earnest "After a week of contemplation, Mike Babcock wants to see what's on the open market. And despite their interest in keeping Babcock on as head coach, the Detroit Red Wings will give him that opportunity. The Red Wings granted Babcock permission to speak to interested parties beginning at noon..." May 10

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    Detroit Red Wings @DetroitRedWings

    UPDATE: #RedWIngs sign prospect Dominic Turgeon to a three-year entry level contract. (@turg19)

  • Gustavsson likely done with Wings, never 'got in a rhythm'

    Detroit Free Press "Jonas Gustavsson figures he can play another 10 years in the NHL. But his time with the Detroit Red Wings has probably come to an end. Wings general manager Ken Holland has already said he expects Petr Mrazek and Jimmy Howard to compete for playing time next season. Howard put up All-Star..." May 09

  • Wings head coach Mike Babcock permitted to talk to other NHL teams "The NHL's free agent frenzy has begun with head coach Mike Babcock as the headliner. TSN has learned that the Detroit Red Wings have given him permission to talk to other NHL teams about coaching opportunities in a window that is open until mid-May. According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob..." May 09

  • Can new NHL salary site be the next CapGeek? "Since CapGeek went offline in January, analysts, agents, media types and, yes, fans have been craving a suitable replacement source for NHL salary information. While a few websites such as offer up player salary and cap management statistics, no site has been able to focus solely..." May 07

  • Detroit prospect Larkin ‘not 100 percent’ returning to school

    Pro Hockey Talk "These are pretty important times for Dylan Larkin. Larkin, Detroit’s first-round pick (15th overall) at the ’14 Draft and the reigning Big Ten freshman of the year, has a major decision on his hands — turn pro, or return to the University of Michigan for his sophomore campaign. He’s mulling..." May 06

  • Judge orders Bettman to testify on concussions lawsuit "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been ordered by a U.S. federal court judge to offer testimony in the concussions lawsuit filed by 60 former players against the league. TSN has learned that late Tuesday, a judge ordered Bettman to testify in July on matters related to the high-stakes..." May 06

  • Red Wings want to see how Mantha responds to struggles

    Detroit Free Press "When he finishes his first year of pro hockey, Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha will have an exit meeting at which he is guaranteed to be asked what his summer plans are. Mantha's debut for the organization that drafted him 20th overall in 2013 has been, as general manager Ken Holland..." May 06

  • 3 Red Wings' off-season questions: On possible Stephen Weiss buy out, trade for Dion Phaneuf

    Michigan Live "Salary-cap space isn't a concern for the Detroit Red Wings heading into 2015-16, but they have an option to create more cap room and open a roster spot by parting ways with Stephen Weiss. Will a thin free-agent market result in more trades league-wide this off-season? And who's ready for a..." May 05

  • Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha says he's underachieved, but 'It's not over yet'

    Michigan Live "Anthony Mantha said his first pro season has not lived up to expectations, but the Grand Rapids Griffins forward also isn't ready to give up on his season yet. The Red Wings' heralded No. 1 pick in 2013 (20th overall) had 15 goals, 33 points and a plus-5 in 62 games during the regular season..." May 05

  • Red Wings' to-do list goes beyond Babcock

    Detroit News "Ken Holland hasn't had much luck in the free-agent marketplace in recent years. Lots of empty shelves and picked-over produce, not to mention a few overturned shopping carts. The Red Wings general manager hasn't had much luck with the trade market, either, returning home to find some of the..." May 05

  • Mike Babcock faces the paradox of choice

    Yahoo! Sports "Mike Babcock spoke to his wife Thursday morning, after the Detroit Red Wings had lost in the first round of the playoffs and speculation had already started to swirl about his future. “Everyone thinks Ken Holland’s the boss?” Babcock said, referring to his general manager. “Actually, my wife’s..." May 03

  • Red Wings forwards Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco to play for Slovakia in World Championship

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Red Wings might have been ousted from the Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday night in Tampa but the season isn't over for at least two players. Forwards Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco will play for Slovakia in the World Championship, which began Friday in the Czech Republic. Neither is..." May 02

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    Mark Masters @markhmasters

    Per Holland, Jonathan Ericsson broke toe before G1 in TB; warming up with soccer but hit cement on follow-thru of kick

  • Babcock Feels Responsibility to Push Salaries Forward...Deal Could be Soon.

    HockeyBuzz "Quick hit here, but it really appears that Babcock is more than likely leaving Detroit for a MEGA contract...A source confirmed today that Babcock is carrying the torch for coaches everywhere and does want to get the big contract as much for future coaches as he does himself.... " May 02

  • Quincey to have ankle surgery next week "Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey will undergo surgery next week to remove bone chips from an ankle. Quincey played the regular season and in the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning with the chips that at times caused debilitating pain making it impossible to skate. He missed..." May 02

  • Coaching uncertainty just one issue as Wings look ahead

    Detroit News "Consistency eluded them. The Red Wings were capable of outplaying better teams. But sometimes, as in Games 4 and 7 against the Lightning, they would lose, regardless. They took a ton of penalties, a worrisome development utterly uncharacteristic of "Red Wings hockey." Their developing..." May 02

  • Good experience for Mrazek; so what of Howard?

    Detroit Free Press "Petr Mrazek went home sadder, but wiser. He deserved a better fate, Red Wings teammates maintained, than losing his first Game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, because Mrazek was, as captain Henrik Zetterberg put it, "outstanding. He gave us a chance to win every night." Mrazek's statistics..." May 02