Daily Archives: September 11, 2013

Alfredsson excited for new chapter in his career and ready to prove himself again

TRAVERSE CITY – A different city and a different team didn’t change how Daniel Alfredsson felt on his first day of training camp.

“I’ve been around a long time,” Alfredsson said after taking his physical on Wednesday prior to the opening of training camp. “It’s still exciting, but it’s obviously a big change for me coming here.”

Alfredsson, 40, signed a one-year worth $3.5 million on the first day of free agency, leaving Ottawa where he had spent his entire 17-year career prior.

“It’s a situation where you got to prove yourself again,” Alfredsson said. “In Ottawa I knew where I was at all times pretty much. I feel like I’ve got to put my best foot forward again. I don’t think it’s that much different. If I had been in Ottawa it would have been the same thing, when you work, you put 100 percent effort into it, no matter where you are.”

Alfredsson had been the league’s longest serving captain until the move.

“It’s a great situation we’re up here for a week, no distractions, just hang out and get to know all the guys and get to know them on and off the ice,” said Alfredsson, who could also earn $2 million in bonuses this season. “Hockey locker rooms are pretty much the same everywhere you go in the world. I know a lot of the Swedish guys, I know a couple of the other guys from before. It’s different, but it’s not that different. It’s going to be exciting. This is a great hockey market, which is fantastic. They really care about the team, very supportive. It’s going to be fun to start.”

Alfredsson will be the eight Swede in Detroit’s locker room joining Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Johan Franzen, Mikael Samuelsson, Gustav Nyquist and Jonas Gustavsson.

“I’ve been very welcomed here, from staff to people around town and the players as well,” said Alfredsson, who had been skating informally in Detroit with teammates for the last two weeks. “It’s going to be fun to sort out who’s going to play with whom and for myself, where I fit in. It’s going to be fun.”

Alfredsson, who’s a right-handed shot, will begin camp on a line with Franzen and centered by Stephen Weiss. He can also play the point on the power play and kill penalties.

Alfredsson had 10 goal and 16 assists in 47 games this last season. Over his 1,178-game career, he has 426 goals and 682 assists.

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UPDATE NO. 2: Cleary to Flyers … not as done a deal as it first appeared

TRAVERSE CITY — The Daniel Cleary saga continues…

Just a day after he reportedly accepted an offer to attend Philadelphia Flyers training camp on a professional tryout, Cleary has since decided against it.

Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman tweeted, “Not exactly sure why, but it appears as if there is some complication between Daniel Cleary and PHI. Told he will not be joining Flyers.”

And according to Flyers insider Tim Panaccio of csnphilly.comr, whether he joins the club remains in question.

Also according to Panaccio, Cleary was supposed to be in Philadelphia Wednesday for the Flyers’ photo shoot, but a club official said that appearance had been pushed back to Thursday.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren then told reporters he expected Cleary in camp when it opens Thursday.

TSN.ca’s Aaron Ward, who’s a former Wings defenseman, then tweeted, “Hearing a meeting took place today between Dan Cleary,Mike Babcock,and Ken Holland in Traverse City,MI.”

I’m sure more updates will follow…

Cleary was reportedly set to sign a three-year deal worth $2.75 million a season with the Flyers once they were able to clear cap space which may not be done until the end of the month.

On Tuesday the Wings wished Cleary well on his new endeavor.

“He’s a good player, we liked him, he was a versatile player,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a phone interview Tuesday night. “He was a vocal guy in the locker room. He could play left wing, right wing and he could play with star players.

“We would have loved to have signed him back,” Holland said. “We tried to sign him prior to July 5, we made him an offer and that moved a little bit but ultimately it wasn’t anywhere near where he wanted it to be.”

When Cleary rejected the Wings’ two- and three-year offers they moved on and signed Daniel Alfredsson (one year, $5.5 million) and Stephen Weiss (five years, $24.5 million) on the first day of free agency.

“The cap money was gone,” Holland said. “Dan gave us some years of real good hockey. We want to wish him well.”

The Wings’ two-year offer to Cleary was just below what he got from Philadelphia. It was the addition of the third year that brought the number down even more, but all three years averaged around $2 million a season.

Cleary skated with his former teammates on Monday and was still hoping to get something done to remain in Detroit.

“It wasn’t what I felt I deserved,” the 34-year-old forward said on Monday. “So I don’t regret it at all.”

Another roadblock to getting a deal done was the Wings’ already having 16 forwards under contract for next season, putting their roster two over the limit, and $637,000 over the salary cap.

Cleary had conversations with Holland on Monday before finally choosing to take the Flyers’ deal.

“It’s not an easy decision to make,” Cleary said on Monday.

Holland had extended Cleary an invitation to training camp on a pro tryout, but with no guarantee of a contract. Coincidently, that’s how he began his career in Detroit in 2005.

“You know I’d love to (be here in Detroit),” Cleary said. “There’s nothing like being a Red Wing.”

Cleary, who had nine goals and six assists in 48 games during the lockout-shortened season last year, has flourished since he joined the Wings for the 2005-06 season.

He’s spent eight seasons in Detroit and has reached the 20-goal plateau three times.

He was also the team’s second leading scorer in last year’s playoffs with four goals and six assists in 10 games.

Cleary was a first round draft pick, 13th overall, by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

Good chance Helm could be sidelined most if not all of training camp

TRAVERSE CITY – Darren Helm will begin training camp like how he spent most of last season, watching from the sidelines.

“I’d love to be, I don’t know if that’s going to happen or not,” Helm said when asked if he thought he’d be able to take part in any part of the Wings’ training camp that begins Thursday and runs to Tuesday at Centre I.C.E. in Traverse City. “We’ll see.”

It’s not his back that’s keeping him off the ice, but a groin strain he suffered last week during an informal skate at Joe Louis Arena.

“It’s kind of like a groin tear, groin strain so I just can’t,” Helm said. “It’s going to be a couple of weeks where I’m not going to be able to get the physical contact or do stuff that I wanted to do. (My back has) kind of taken a backseat right now to this groin and it feels alright right now.”

Helm had just begun ramping up his workouts on and off the ice since returning from having a slightly torn disc in his back that never required surgery.

“No one has said anything about time lines or anything,” Helm said. “The groin is going to be a little bit, got to get that feeling good and then I’ve got to make sure my back is OK. I think we’re losing at least a week of contact and physical active I wanted for my back at camp to get ready.

“I’m not worried about any timelines I just want to get better,” Helm continued. “We’re doing as much as we can without aggravating either the groin or back.”

Helm played just one game last season.

“He’s been off for a few days now, groins are 1-3 weeks, so we’ll see in a few days,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said.

Helm remembered having an issue with his groin a few years ago.

“It was actually near the start of my debacle of my injuries the last two years,” Helm said. “I can’t really remember too much. I don’t think I missed that much, maybe a couple of games, but I didn’t miss any ice time.”

Wings coach Mike Babcock is going on as if Helm won’t be ready for the start of the season.

“The way I look at it he hasn’t played in a year and a half basically,” Babcock said. “If we get him it’s a bonus.”

Helm, whose back issues began before training camp began last season, has been on the wrong end of a rash of injuries of late.

He was hit by a puck on Nov. 2 during an informal skate in Troy, breaking an orbital bone.

On March 17, he missed the final 10 regular-season games with a sprained MCL. Then, in his first game back, the playoff opener against Nashville, he had tendons in his forearm sliced by a skate.

Abdelkader will start with Datsyuk and Zetterberg; Samuelsson, Tootoo and Tatar on outside looking in

TRAVERSE CITY — The Wings have announced how the three teams will look as training camp is set to begin Thursday morning.

For the start of things, Justin Abdelkader will be paired on the top line with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, while Stephen Weiss will center another newcomer, Daniel Alfredsson, and Johan Franzen.

The third line will consist of Gustav Nyquist, Joakim Andersson and Todd Bertuzzi, while Cory Emmerton will center Drew Miller and Patrick Eaves.

That leaves Mikael Samuelsson, Jordin Tootoo and Tomas Tatar battling to work their way into the lineup.

Here’s a breakdown of all three teams.

Team Delvecchio

Henrik Zetterberg-Pavel Datsyuk-Justin Abdelkader
Mikael Samuelsson-Luke Glendening-Jordin Tootoo
David McIntyre (PTO)-Louis-Marc Aubry-Martin Frk
Philippe Hudon-Andrej Nestrasil-Mitch Callahan

Danny DeKeyser-Jakub Kindl
Brian Lashoff-Nathan Paetsch (PTO)
Marc McNulty-Alexei Marchenko

Jonas Gustavsson
Tom McCollum

Coaches: Tom Renney, Spiros Anastos

Team Howe

Johan Franzen-Stephen Weiss-Daniel Alfredsson
Drew Miller-Cory Emmerton-Patrick Eaves
Anthony Mantha-Andreas Athanasiou-Teemu Pulkkinen
Tyler Bertuzzi-Barclay Goodrow (PTO)-Trevor Parkes

Niklas Kronwall-Jonathan Ericsson
Xavier Ouellet-Brennan Evans
Gleason Fournier-Max Nicastro

Jimmy Howard
Jared Coreau

Coaches: Bill Peters, Jim Paek

Team Lindsay

Gustav Nyquist-Joakim Andersson-Todd Bertuzzi
Tomas Jurco-Riley Sheahan-Tomas Tatar
Marek Tvrdon-Calle Jarnkrok-Landon Ferraro
Triston Grant-Zach Nastasiuk-Kevin Lynch

Kyle Quincey-Brendan Smith
Adam Almqvist-Ryan Sproul
Michal Plutnar-Richard Nedomlel

Petr Mrazek
Jake Paterson
Cam Lanigan (PTO)

Coaches: Jeff Blashill, Keith McKittrick

Cleary gets the money he felt he deserved; Holland: “We would have love to have signed him back.”

DETROIT – Daniel Cleary got the money he was looking for.

Cleary will reportedly sign a three-year deal worth $2.75 million a season with the Philadelphia Flyers.

“He’s a good player, we liked him, he was a versatile player,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a phone interview Tuesday night. “He was a vocal guy in the locker room. He could play left wing, right wing and he could play with star players.”

Cleary will attend the Flyers’ training camp on a profession tryout.

The deal won’t be finalized until the end of the month or until the Flyers can clear some cap space.

“We would have loved to have signed him back,” Holland said. “We tried to sign him prior to July 5, we made him an offer and that moved a little bit but ultimately it wasn’t anywhere near where he wanted it to be.”

When Cleary rejected the Wings’ two- and three-year offers they moved on and signed Daniel Alfredsson (one year, $5.5 million) and Stephen Weiss (five years, $24.5 million) on the first day of free agency.

“The cap money was gone,” Holland said. “Dan gave us some years of real good hockey. We want to wish him well.”

The Wings’ two-year offer to Cleary was just below what he got from Philadelphia. It was the addition of the third year that brought the number down even more, but all three years averaged around $2 million a season.

Cleary skated with his former teammates on Monday and was still hoping to get something done to remain in Detroit.

“It wasn’t what I felt I deserved,” the 34-year-old forward said on Monday. “So I don’t regret it at all.”

Another roadblock to getting a deal done was the Wings’ already having 16 forwards under contract for next season, putting their roster two over the limit, and $637,000 over the salary cap.

Cleary had conversations with Holland on Monday before finally choosing to take the Flyers’ deal.

“It’s not an easy decision to make,” Cleary said on Monday.

Holland had extended Cleary an invitation to training camp on a pro tryout, but with no guarantee of a contract. Coincidently, that’s how he began his career in Detroit in 2005.

“You know I’d love to (be here in Detroit),” Cleary said. “There’s nothing like being a Red Wing.”

Cleary, who had nine goals and six assists in 48 games during the lockout-shortened season last year, has flourished since he joined the Wings for the 2005-06 season.

He’s spent eight seasons in Detroit and has reached the 20-goal plateau three times.

He was also the team’s second leading scorer in last year’s playoffs with four goals and six assists in 10 games.

Cleary was a first round draft pick, 13th overall, by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.