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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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Helm, Marchenko out a week to 10 days

DETROIT >> Both are expected to miss a week to 10 days according to Wings general manager Ken Holland.

“It’s nothing serious, but they’ll both be out for a short period of time,” Holland said.

Helm was injured in the first period on Saturday.

Holland said his MRI Monday came back negative.

Marchenko finished the game after tallying his first NHL goal.

With the acquisition of veteran defenseman Marek Zidlicky from the New Jersey Devils, the Wings are likely to assign Marchenko to the Grand Rapids Griffins once he is healthy.

Helm could play Saturday in Edmonton; Mrazek recalled from Grand Rapids

Center Darren Helm also appears to make his season debut Saturday night against the Edmonton Oilers.

“Everything I’ve been told is positive,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He told us he has no issues with his back or his groin.”

If Helm does return to the lineup, he would have missed 89 of the Wings’ last 91 games.

He last played on Jan. 25.

“I feel good,” Helm said before the team left on their four-game road trip to Western Canada. “There’s a pretty good chance I’ll get in sometime during the road trip.”

The final decision won’t be made until after the morning skate in Edmonton.

“I don’t know if there was really one day that all the sudden I woke up and started doing jumping jacks,” Helm said. “We took it pretty slow. Even when I said I wasn’t skating I was still on the ice doing a few things. It was just a long process. It was an 18-month battle to get ready.”

Helm originally was sidelined with a back problem and then his groin became an issue.

And during his recent two-day conditioning stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins, where he played two games in two nights, he suffered a slight setback with his groin.

“The back is always going to be a little stiff and sore,” Helm said. “It feels good when I’m on the ice. It’s not getting worse. I pushed through it harder. I don’t think it’s an issue. (The) groin (I’ve) just got to keep testing in practice.”

If Helm is able to play, the Wings will place defenseman Jonathan Ericsson on long-term injured reserve to free up a roster spot and cap space.

Ericsson is already on short-term injured reserve with a separated shoulder.

Goalie Jonas Gustavsson won’t be able to backup starter Jimmy Howard suffering from a stick neck according to Holland.

Holland said that Gustavsson suffered the injury during warmups in Vancouver on Wednesday.

The team had to recall Petr Mrazek from Grand Rapids to backup Howard tonight in Calgary.

Babcock on Sheahan: “He’s got to get quicker and he’s got to have more pace to his game.”

DETROIT – Red Wings coach Mike Babcock wanted to see what rookie forward Riley Sheahan had to offer.

After 11 shifts and just under seven minutes of ice time Sunday against the St. Louis Blues, Sheahan quickly found out he was heading back to play in the American Hockey League.

“He was OK, but he’s going to get a trip to the minors (Monday),” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. “He’s going to be a player for us, but he’s got to get quicker and he’s got to have more pace to his game.

Sheahan, who indeed was shipped back to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday, had just one shot on goal in his second appearance with the Wings.
Last year he appeared in one game in Detroit, drew a double minor and had three shots on goal.

“When you’re ready and you come here, you show you’re ready,” Babcock said. “When you’re not quite ready, then you’re going to get caught.”
With the Griffins, Sheahan has 16 goals and 19 assists in 67 games. He’s also a minus-7 with 31 penalty minutes.

“I want to be here,” Sheahan said. “It’s every kid’s dream to be in the NHL. I’m just going to keep working hard from here and we’ll see what happens.

“You just have to be so much more sound with the puck (in the NHL),” Sheahan added. “Every time you have the puck, the point of possession is very important. You just have to focus on being hard on your stick and just try and win every battle.”

Sheahan feels comfortable with the defensive part of his game; it’s the offensive side of things he’s more focused on.

“My biggest concern is just keep putting points up offensively,” Sheahan said. “I think my defensive game has come a long way, I’m confident there, I just have to keep going offensively and right now I’m just looking at the present and not focused on what happens in the future.”

Sheahan, who was the Wings’ first pick in the 2010 draft, 21st overall, out of Notre Dame, may be more known for his off-ice issues.

Last October he was arrested for drunken driving in Grand Rapids and had a blood-alcohol level of .30, which is nearly four times the legal limit. He was pulled over after driving the wrong way on a one-way street.

When he was pulled over he identified himself as Brendan Smith and was wearing a purple Teletubbies costume.

In December he pleaded guilty to the “super drunk” offense, was fined $1,325, agreed to complete 49 hours on a work crew, attend a victim’s impact class and serve 12 months of probation.

“It’s all behind me now,” Sheahan said. “I’m just trying to go forward. I’m trying to change the viewpoints of what people have of me. I think playing good hockey is a good way of doing that.”

Zetterberg, Samuelsson out Monday; Colaiacovo returns to lineup; Bertuzzi getting closer

DETROIT – Quick update from the Wings’ morning Monday at Joe Louis Arena.

Forwards Henrik Zetterberg (groin) and Mikael Samuelsson (upper body) won’t play tonight against the Colorado Avalanche.

“Like all groins, day-to-day for 10 of them,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “(Samuelsson) went and got looked at this morning so I’m assuming he’ll be ready to go here soon eventually.”

Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo returns to the lineup after injuring his shoulder in the second game of the season.

‘It’s been a long time,” Colaiacovo said. “It’s been a lot frustration, a lot of hard work, countless hours at the rink and away from the rink just preparing myself for this moment. I’m feeling really good about myself, especially the stint I had with the (Grand Rapids) Griffins, played a lot, got some confidence back and just felt really good to be back out there, be a hockey player and play hockey again.”

Colaiacovo will be paired with Brendan Smith on the blue line.

“We had to send (Brian Lashoff) to the minors and that was a roster move and not a coaches’ decision,” Babcock said. “We needed to make a roster move so we could clear room. He’s a guy that’s played in the league. He’s a guy, like Samuelsson, that basically hasn’t played for us all year. We’re putting him tonight not ideally, but we’re going to be a much different team than we were (Sunday) and ideally he plays well.”

Smith will move to the right said because Colaiacovo is more comfortable on left.

Forward Todd Bertuzzi (back) continues to skate with the team.

“Hopefully everything stays the course and hopefully get back within a week or so,” Bertuzzi said. “But it’s tough to say when you’re going to do it. I just have to make sure that I’m ready. I don’t want to go in the lineup then come out of the lineup because of an issue because I rushed. So, I understand the season’s coming to a halt and it’s frustrating that I feel that I can go in there and hope the guys out, and the guys are battling and doing their best. They’ve done a good job, but it would be nice to get out there and help them out.

“I think the doctor just said it goes in sections,” Bertuzzi added. “The epidural works in the back first, works its way down the leg and back up the inside, so I think I’m probably at the last stage, hopefully. Hopefully it stays that way and I can be back sooner.”

Holland heading to Toronto to make final pitch to DeKeyser

The Wings will get another chance at landing a prized free-agent defenseman.

This time it’s Western Michigan’s Danny DeKeyser.

Wings general manager Ken Holland traveled from Phoenix to Toronto to meet with DeKeyser and his representatives to make a final pitch to land his services.

And just like when the Wings tried to land Wisconsin’s Justin Schultz, money won’t be a problem it’ll come down to playing time and a roster spot in the NHL.

DeKeyser, a native of Macomb, is expected to make his decision by Friday.

DeKeyser has already met with Toronto and is also reportedly being heavily pursued by Anaheim, St. Louis, Edmonton, Philadelphia, Ottawa and Nashville.

Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill said this of DeKeyser, “A character player … great size, range, moves the puck well, a very good skater for a big man … solid all-around defensively … knows the game well, plays within his limitations … hard to beat one-on-one because of his range, his reach and his skating ability.”

The Wings hope to have a lot going for them he make his final decision.

First, he’s attended a prospects camp with the Wings in Traverse City.

Second, he’s from Michigan.

Third, he played one season at WMU under former Wings assistant coach and current Grand Rapids Griffins bench boss Jeff Blashill.

Fourth, he played youth hockey with Trevor Nill, the son of Jim Nill.

Damien Brunner’s path to the NHL just got a little more cloudy

DETROIT — Damien Brunner’s path to the NHL just got a little more cloudy.

Brunner had planned to return to his team in Switzerland, EV Zug, and then return once the Grand Rapids Griffins season began and stay there until the NHL lockout ended.

He may however have to stay with his team until the lockout ends according to Wings general manager Ken Holland.

“(It’s) up in the air,” Holland said.

The sticking point seems to be that when his club released him from the final year of his contract it was under the agreement that it was to play in the NHL and not the American Hockey League.

Brunner said earlier this month that he would return to Grand Rapids at the start of the AHL season on Oct. 12.

He felt it was important for him to get accustomed to the smaller ice surfaces and the North American style of hockey.

Brunner feels very obligated to the Swiss team.