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Red Wings’ Jeff Blashill Has Doubts that Henrik Zetterberg will Return this Season

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Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill has his doubts when it comes to the potential of Henrik Zetterberg suiting up this season, uncertain that the 37-year old will be healthy enough to do so and admitting that his status is currently in the air.

“He’s had a hard summer and I don’t think his back is reacting great,” Red Wings’ head coach Jeff Blashill said earlier this week, according to Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News. “Certainly we’ll know more in a month (at training camp), but as of today, there’s a lot of doubt as to whether his back will be healthy enough to play.”

Zetterberg did play in all 82 games for Detroit last season, but it was a tough task to enable he could do so.

“As you know, Hank wasn’t able to practice for half the year,” Blashill said. “He was able to gut it out through those last two months where he wasn’t able to practice. There were nights I didn’t think he’d able to play and he did play.”

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Red Wings Acquire Brendan Perlini

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The Detroit Red Wings have acquired forward Brendan Perlini from the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.

Pelini, 23, played in just one game for the Blackhawks this season and failed to earn a roster spot out of training camp. Chicago will receive Alec Pegula from the Red Wings as part of the deal, and are not obligated to retain any of Perlini’s salary.

This marks the second time that Perlini has been traded in his young career, which isn’t often a good indication. Despite a solid first two seasons of his career, where he scored 31 goals in that time, Perlini has struggled to make an impact, and stay on a roster.

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Red Wings Hire Steve Yzerman

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The Detroit Red Wings have hired franchise icon and former Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman to take over the post as their general manager.

Current general manager, Ken Holland, will move to a position called Senior Vice President and has inked a multi-year contract extension to remain with the club, according to TSN’s Gord Miller.

Yzerman stepped down from his role as GM of the Lightning in September but he is largely responsible for building the roster that led Tampa Bay to a President’s Cup this season, matching the NHL record for wins in a single season, posting a 62-16-4 record this past season.

Yzerman could be bringing some members of the Lightning front office to Detroit with him, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

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Red Wings Agree To Terms With Filip Larsson

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The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms on a three-year entry-level contract with Filip Karsson.

The deal officially kicks in for the 2019-2020 season which means the Larsson will not be returning to play for the University of Denver for his sophmore season.

Larsson had posted shutouts in the opening two rounds of the Frozen Four tournament but the Denver Pioneers were eliminated by UMass.

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