TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - New Detroit Red Wings forward Stephen Weiss says the franchise's perpetual contender status was a big reason he decided to come to Detroit.
The Red Wings opened training camp Thursday in Traverse City, Mich.
Detroit signed Daniel Alfredsson and Weiss and extended Pavel Datsyuk's deal, giving the franchise a better chance to have success as it shifts to the Eastern Conference this season. The Wings also re-signed veteran forward Danny Cleary on Thursday, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal for $1.75 million.
With established veteran stars like Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg already in the fold, the Red Wings aim to improve their offence from a year ago, when they struggled to score.
There's not much to say. We played like [garbage]. I think every guy in the room should be completely embarrassed about how they played tonight. Every single person. To start a road trip, one of the biggest road trips and have a division rival chasing you down and have a ton on the line, it's ridiculous how we played tonight.
— Anaheim forward Andrew Cogliano after the Ducks' 7-2 loss to the Flames on Wednesday