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Bertuzzi won’t be back with Wings

DETROIT >> Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed that Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson won’t be returning next season.

As far as the rest of the unrestricted players go, the team will take a wait-and-see approach.

“The other guys I’m not sure,” Holland said. “I basically told the other agents we’re not doing anything right now. Under the CBA on June 27, which is next Wednesday, we can start talking to potential unrestricted free agents.

Bertuzzi, 39, had nine goals, seven assists and was a minus-17 in 59 games last season.

Samuelsson, 37, had one goal, three assists and was a minus-7 in 31 games over two seasons.

“There’s a lot of chatter about trades, but I don’t know if things will come to fruition or not,” Holland said. “If we go out and sign one or two people we’re basically done. These guys might be the best options we’ve got, but right now we want to keep our options open so we can explore.”

There is also no more news regarding who’ll back up Jimmy Howard next season.

Samuelsson feels he wasn’t given a chance

DETROIT >> Mikael Samuelsson’s return to the Detroit Red Wings didn’t start well and it most certainly didn’t end well.

After an injury plagued first year, the veteran forward quickly found himself passed over by the youngsters in the organization this past season.

“I’m just disappointed the way this year started out,” said Samuelsson, who just wrapped up his two-year deal worth $6 million. “I was hoping and believe I have something more to give, but at the same time when the young guys came in they definitely deserved a chance to play. They played so good then it became a tough spot for the management. I guess I was the odd man out. From my standpoint I didn’t like what was going on.”

In 26 games last season, he had just one goal, two assists and was a minus-4. He averaged just over 10 minutes of ice time a game.

“It was very disappointing,” Samuelsson said. “You can see it from both ends, they didn’t think I performed and I don’t think I got that much of an opportunity. Even though I played 20-plus games when you look at the games the amount of ice time I got, in my mind that’s not what I wanted here.”

The Wings waived Samuelsson in late January. He played just two games in Grand Rapids and registered no points and was a minus-4.

“I was happy something was going on at the point,” Samuelsson said. “It’s not easy to waive a guy that makes the amount of money I made and showed pretty much absolutely nothing this year. At that point I knew I wasn’t going to get picked up, one plus one is two. I just wanted to play some games.”

It looked like Detroit was going to use one of its two amnesty buyouts on Samuelsson last offseason, but the team felt he possible would contest the move because of a pectoral muscle/shoulder injury he suffered in the playoffs.

“They talked to me for a little bit, but I didn’t expect or wanted them to talk,” Samuelsson said. “They talked through actions. That’s how they talked. It’s not like they said you’re still a good player. It’s the actions that spoke more than words.

“I need to take some time and do some good thinking what I want to do,” Samuelsson continued. “I still think I can play hockey that’s the bottom line. Whether it’s going to be here or somewhere else today I don’t know what’s going on.”

Samuelsson recalled from Grand Rapids

DETROIT >> Mikael Samuelsson was recalled from Grand Rapids, while Tomas Jurco and Riley Sheahan were assigned to the Griffins.

Samuelsson, who will practice with the other players that didn’t make an Olympic roster on Feb. 19 in Detroit, needed to be recalled because the Griffins had too many veterans on their roster.

Jurco is playing for Slovakia at the Olympics.

Sheahan will play for the Griffins on Friday.

Winter Classic … This and that

ANN ARBOR — The Wings hope to have Daniel Alfredsson in the lineup. He was a last minute scratch Monday suffering from back spasms. If he can’t, Patrick Eaves will take his spot in the lineup. Mikael Samuelsson will be a healthy scratch.

— Goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin) said he’s day-to-day and won’t dress as the backup.

— Johan Franzen is still a ‘ways away’ according to general manager Ken Holland. “He’s getting better every day, but until you see him practice with us every day for three of four days. I don’t know that he’s that far away, but he’s away.”

— Goalie Petr Mrazek has decided against wearing his customized snowman pads to backup. Mrazek wasn’t able to take part in Grand Rapids’ outdoor game since he was backing up in Nashville. “That’s how it is,” he said. “I’ve just got to stay positive and keep working hard.”

— The game is a sellout with 105,500 tickets sold according to NHL COO John Collins. That’ll set a world record, breaking the previous mark of 104,173 for The Big Chill at the Big House between Michigan and Michigan State.

Samuelsson ‘extremely’ disappointed he can’t get in Wings’ lineup

DETROIT — After playing 13 games in a row, Mikael Samuelsson has found himself watching in street clothes in six of the last eight games.

“It’s extremely disappointing,” Samuelsson said. “It’s out of my hands. I’m disappointed I can’t be in the lineup.”

Samuelsson, who’s played in 21 games this season, has one goal and three assists. He’s also a minus-5.

“Score more,” Samuelsson said when asked what he needs to do to get back in the lineup. “It all goes hand-in-hand. It’s a matter of ice time, it’s a matter of confidence right now. That’s what I need most of all.”

The team even recalled Jordin Tootoo and inserted him into the lineup for two games, while Samuelsson, who’s averaging just under 10 minutes and 30 seconds of ice time a game, sat.

“You can say you’ve got to skate faster and battle harder, absolutely,” Samuelsson said. “I haven’t played my best hockey. It has its reasons, too, but I don’t want to comment on that. I just have to take it one day at a time.”

Samuelsson, who’s in the final year of a two-year deal that pays him $3 million a season, was injured nearly the entire 2012-13 lockout-shortened season.

“When you’re 35 and you’re sort of in the lineup, out of the lineup and when you do play, you don’t play a lot of minutes, the natural thing to happen is you lose your confidence and start to play a game that isn’t how you got here in the first place,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He’s a guy we brought back because he plays puck possession and we thought he could play the right point on the power play and chip in 15-20 goals. Last year he was hurt (basically) the entire year. In the meantime we signed Daniel Alfredsson, (Stephen) Weiss and (Tomas) Tatar is an NHL. We’re deeper, we have more NHL forward that last year so there’s more competition.”

Ins and outs … Samuelsson healthy scratch; Eaves and Sheahan on second PP unit

DETROIT — Mikael Samuelsson will be a healthy scratch tonight.

Jonas Gustavsson, who was pulled after allowing three goals on 11 shots in Tuesday’s 5-2 to loss to Anaheim, will start in goal.

Patrick Eaves will main the point with Jakub Kindl on the second power play unit. Riley Sheahan will also be on that unit, along with Daniel Cleary and Tomas Tatar.

Ins and outs … Tootoo returns from GR and will play Thursday

DETROIT — Jordin Tootoo was recalled from Grand Rapids and will be in the lineup according to Wings general manager Ken Holland.

“Tootoo is playing (Thursday) because we’re trying to win a game and we think he’ll provide some energy and physicality,” Holland said in a text message.

He’ll likely take Mikael Samuelsson’s spot in the lineup. Samuelsson has been a healthy scratch in three of the past five games.

The Wings were still missing a number of injured players at practice: Gustav Nyquist (groin), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Johan Franzen (concussion-like symptoms), Jimmy Howard (knee), and Stephen Weiss (groin).

Daniel Alfredsson also missed practice, but will play Thursday.

“That’s what happens when you’re 41 or 42, you get some days off,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said.

Darren Helm (shoulder) and Danny DeKeyser (shoudler) both took part in practice, but won’t play Thursday.

Sheahan set to make season debut, centering Bertuzzi and Samuelsson

DETROIT — Riley Sheahan, 22, will make his season debut, centering Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson.

“Riley’s a real good center-man, a two-way player and good defensively, hard on the puck and can score,” Gustav Nyquist said. “He also has a great shot so hopefully he brings that out tonight and helps us win.”

Wings coach Mike Babcock is hoping he gets from Sheahan what he’s gotten from the others that have matured in Grand Rapids, including Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco.

“In exhibition he spent a lot of time thinking instead of just playing,” Babcock said. “We’ve talked to him, he’s played well in the American League, he’s been their best player there the last little bit and we expect him to come in and do what Jurco did and take over. When you look at the kids we’ve called up from the minors, where they didn’t start in the lineup, Tatar wasn’t in the lineup, Gus we called up, Jurco played great the other night. Everyone we’ve called up has played great so why wouldn’t he.”

Sheahan, who was selected in the first round (21st overall) in the 2010 draft out of Notre Dame, has six goals and eight assists in 23 games with the Griffins.

Sheahan, 22, has leapfrogged Cory Emmerton as far as call ups go.

“I think winning helps you, being elite at any level helps you,” Babcock said. “When you win the Calder Cup with a bunch of veteran players it’s one thing, but when you win it with kids like we did, I think that means we have good players. Are they going to be high-end players I don’t know the answer to that. We’re going to watch. We put Jurco the other day with Pav (Datsyuk) and we’re going to give Sheahan an opportunity and if he grabs it’ll he’ll get it and keep it.”

Sheahan has played in two games over his career with Detroit, one in each of the past two seasons and has no points.

“You know you wait for this time throughout the season and just try to play your best at the level you’re at,” Sheahan said. “We’ve been fortunate enough to be winning some games and playing with some players in Grand Rapids so yeah I’m really looking forward to starting the game tonight.

“I know there are a lot of guys itching at their chance in Grand Rapids (to get up here),” Sheahan continued. “There are a lot of positions that can be filled easily so you just gotta make the most of it and play your best.”

Tootoo cleared to play; Babcock putting Samuelsson back in for Tatar

DETROIT — Quick update from Wings practice Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena.

Forward Jordin Tootoo said he’s been cleared from a shoulder injury he suffered in the preseason.

“Cleared to play, as far as medically wise, I feel I’m in the right state to get back at ‘er,” Tootoo said. “Right now it’s just about maintaining my strength and making sure every day I come to be ready, both mentally and physically.”

Tootoo will have an uphill battle to get in the lineup with the number of forwards in the Wings locker room.

“Like I said before, my job is to play hockey when I’m called upon,” Tootoo said. “For me it’s one day at a time. Just enjoying every bit of it. This is the greatest league to be in and when you’re around the greatest hockey players in the world, life is good. I’m just glad to be part of this whole organization and for me I’m ready to go when called upon.”

Wings coach Mike Babcock said Mikael Samuelsson will return to the lineup Thursday at home against the Phoenix Coyotes after sitting out Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Boston.

Tomas Tatar will be a healthy scratch.

The Coyotes have lost two straight coming in after winning their opener. They’ve been outscored 10-2 over the last two games.

“Well I watched them these last two games and they didn’t play as good as they can,” Babcock said. “Well we just lost too. We’ve had a few days off, we should be refreshed and ready to go. They’re a good hockey team and a proud team and they’re going to respond and we’re going to respond as well. It should be a good game.”

The Coyotes are the first team from the Western Conference they’ll face this season.

“Every time we play Phoenix it’s a very hard-fought game,” Jimmy Howard said. “They’re so well-coached, they play their systems so well. If you’re going to beat them you have to beat them with all aspects of your game.”

At 35, Datsyuk still one of the league’s best two-way players

DETROIT – Even at age 35, Pavel Datsyuk is still one of the best two-way forwards in the league.

“Some days it hit me, but I don’t want to start thinking about age,” Datsyuk said. “I’m thinking about how I change my (driver’s license) to be younger.”

Datsyuk, who signed a three-year extension for $22.5 million this offseason, sits next to Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm in the locker room. Both are 26 years old.

“They keep me younger,” Datsyuk smiled. “Right now I’m like oldest player on the team.”

Datsyuk is actually the fourth oldest on the team, behind Daniel Alfredsson (40), Todd Bertuzzi (38) and Mikael Samuelsson (36).

“He’s not 20 anymore,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “They’re still young enough I wouldn’t worry about it too much. Your window of opportunity as an athlete, if you’re going to be the main players, is only so long. That gets shorter. If you’re going to be a secondary or third-tier player you can do that until you’re 42. To be the main guys, driving the bus, time runs out. That’s just the way it is. That’s life.”

Datsyuk’s time in his prime is not over by any means. He signed a three-year, $22.5 million extension in the offseason, which kicks in at the start of 2014-15.

The Red Wings expect he will continue playing at a high level until the contract expires in 2017, just a couple of months before his 39th birthday.