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Griffins begin defense of Calder Cup championship Saturday

Team overcame slow start to finish strong and earn playoff berth

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

The Grand Rapids Griffins had to fight to make the AHL's Calder Cup playoffs and they know it will be an equally difficult battle to defend their title.

On Dec. 21, the Griffins were five games under .500 at 10-15-1-3 and in seventh place in the Central Division, 23 points behind the first-place Manitoba Moose.

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Bertuzzi focused on important summer for his Wings career

Young forward will skip AHL playoffs to improve strength, skating

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

DETROIT -- When the Grand Rapids Griffins begin to defend their Calder Cup championship this weekend in Manitoba, they will have to do so without their MVP from last year.

Tyler Bertuzzi had nine goals and 10 assists in 19 playoff games to help the Griffins claim the AHL crown, earning the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the most valuable player in the process.

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Kronwall hopes strong finish carries over to next season

Veteran Wing looks forward to mentoring young defensemen

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

DETROIT -- The word that his Red Wings teammates use the most when talking about him is warrior.

Defenseman Niklas Kronwall has fought through his chronic knee problems to remain an effective player.

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Mantha tapping into his inner aggression

Power forward will add boxing to his offseason training regime

by Arthur J. Regner @arthurjregner /

DETROIT - Anthony Mantha is a thinking man's hockey player.

He has a cerebral approach to his game which makes him extremely coachable and receptive to constructive criticism.

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DeKeyser would consider playing in world championships

Wings defenseman could build on strong second half but might want to stay home with new baby

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

DETROIT -- A lot can change in a year and in Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser's case, that change was a fantastic one.

DeKeyser and his wife, Melissa, welcomed their first child, daughter McKinley Ann, on Feb. 26.

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Red Wings' loss is Denmark's gain

Nielsen will play in his hometown in his home country during the world championships

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings' loss will be Denmark's gain.

From May 4-20, Denmark will host the International Ice Hockey Federation's 2018 men's world championship for the first time.

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Wings make it official: Blashill returns for another season

Young coach now has three seasons of experience under his belt

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

DETROIT -- Just as young players need some time to develop, so do young coaches.

Detroit Red Wings vice president and general manager Ken Holland said as much when he announced that Jeff Blashill would return as the team's head coach next season.

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Jared Coreau assigned to Grand Rapids

Goaltender has played 21 games for Detroit over last two seasons

by Kyle Kujawa /

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today assigned goaltender Jared Coreau to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins.

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Trending: Red Wings close out season with 4-3 overtime loss

Zetterberg, Larkin and Nyquist appear in all 82 games

by Arthur J. Regner @ArthurJRegner /

DETROIT -- It was not the season the Red Wings envisioned when the 2017-18 campaign began back on October 5 with a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild in the first ever regular season game at Little Caesars Arena.

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Red Wings' Ilitch: Holland is right man to lead rebuilding process

Detroit owner announces two-year contract extension for general manager

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

DETROIT -- Owner Christopher Ilitch believes Ken Holland will build the Detroit Red Wings back up to where they are once again regularly contending for the Stanley Cup.

That is why Ilitch officially announced that Holland had signed a two-year extension to remain the team's general manager before Saturday's final home game of the season against the New York Islanders.

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