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Ferraro gets deal done

DETROIT >> The Wings came to terms with Landon Ferraro on a one-year, two-way deal for $600,000.

Ferraro will get $175,000 if he’s assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

He’s guaranteed $200,000.

If Ferraro, who turns 24 on Aug. 8, doesn’t make the team out of training camp he’ll have to clear waivers to be assigned to the Griffins.

Playing well enough in a three-game audition to end the regular season, where he notched his first NHL goal in the finale at Carolina, Ferraro dressed for all seven games of Detroit’s first-round playoff series with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ferraro, who will compete for a fourth line spot in training camp, scored a career-high 27 goals and had 15 assists in 70 games in his fourth season in Grand Rapids.

The Wings, who took Ferraro with their first pick (32nd overall, second round) in 2009, like his speed and forechecking ability.

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Ferraro brings a ‘dimension’ to Wings

DETROIT >> If the Detroit Red Wings make it to the second round, Landon Ferraro could join a few of his teammates that will have played more postseason games to begin their career than regular season with Detroit.

“Two weeks ago I was getting ready for our playoffs in Grand Rapids and then all of a sudden I’ve matched my regular season total three games into the playoffs,” Ferraro said after practice Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena. “Now it’s making sure I’m ready for the next game and try not to think too much about everything.”

Ferraro played three games during the regular season with the Wings. He’ll play his fourth playoff game with the team Thursday.

Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader are the best two examples of that.

Helm played seven games during the 2007-08 regular season and then 18 in the playoffs. The next season, he played 16 in the regular season and 23 in the playoffs.
Abdelkader saw the ice just twice during the 2008-09 regular season and then played in 10 games that postseason.

“Lando’s played four years pro hockey, he’s been around for a long time he’s had some ups and downs,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “He’s a real good skater, he scored 27 goals in the American League, even strength, none on the power play, so obviously he has a dimension.

“He can shoot the puck, he’s physical and he’s real fast. We’ve had a lot of transition over the last few years with young players and he’s one of the ones that looks like he could be part of the lineup for a while.”

Johnathan Ericsson played in 19 in the regular season and then 22 in the playoffs.

“You look at Helmer and Abby, that’s really how they got their starts,” said Ferraro, who played four games last regular season. “It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m going to do the best that I can.

“(Playoffs are) a lot tighter,” Ferraro added. “Everywhere you go you there’s someone right on top of you. When you have the puck you have to make a decision quick and get the puck moving or someone’s going to be right on you. You have in mind what you’re going to do when you get the puck is the biggest thing.”

His line, which also has Luke Glendening and Drew Miller, is also matched up at home against Tampa Bay’s explosive line – Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat – that combined for 74 goals, 200 points and a plus-102 rating.

“Just match their speed and make sure we give them no time, that’s the biggest thing,” Ferraro said about matching up with that line. “That line can skate. They have a lot of skill so if you take their time away that’s going to limit what they can do. You just try and frustrate them a little bit.

“I like how they play,” Ferraro added about his linemates. “It’s straight forward hockey. Not a lot of cutbacks, weaving up the ice, it’s get to the red line and get it in. Skate, use our feet as much as we can, get some hits, try and take it to the net. Just keep it simple. That’s how I like playing.”

Ferraro knows he’ll have to excel on the PK if he has any chance to make Wings

DETROIT >> Landon Ferraro got an opportunity last season with the Detroit Red Wings.

The young center will get another opportunity to stick in the NHL this year, signing a one-year contract on Friday.

It’s a two-way contract. He’ll make $550,000 if he plays in the NHL and $85,000 if he’s assigned to the American Hockey League.

Since he’s out of minor league options, Ferraro will have to make the club out of camp or he’ll have to clear waivers in order to be assigned to Grand Rapids.

Due to an abundance of injuries Ferraro, 22, was just one of a number of forwards that made their NHL debuts last season with Detroit.

He had no points in four games. He had two shots on goal and two penalty minutes.

Once restricted free agent Tomas Tatar is signed the Wings will have 14 forwards, the number they want to carry into the season, on one-way deals.

They could also add Daniel Alfredsson prior to training camp.

Ferraro, who was taken in the second round (32nd overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, knows his only chance of making the team will how well he can kill penalties.

“(Penalty kill is) where I’m going to have to try and make this team,” Ferraro said after a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. “And be solid five-on-five and then being really good on the PK. That’s where I’m going to have to try and earn my ice time and earn a spot.”

Wings coach Mike Babcock liked what he saw in his brief audition.

“He did a real good job (on the penalty kill),” Babcock said. “I like his speed. He’s got to get stronger, but he’s quick.”

In three seasons with the Griffins, Ferraro, who’s the son of long-time NHLer Ray, has 38 goals and 60 assists.

He scored a career-high 24 goals two years ago.

The Wings still have restricted free agent Danny DeKeyser to get a deal down with prior to training camp.