Niklas Kronwall saw a little bit of Nicklas Lidstrom in Danny DeKeyser.
Dekeyser made the transition from the NCAA to NHL this season. He had an assist in 11 games with Detroit. "He never puts himself in trouble," Kronwall said. "It kind of felt like he played a little bit like Nick Lidstrom that way. He's just very smart and just read the situations."
Niklas Kronwall is optimistic about the future of the Detroit Red Wings.
"Absolutely, just over the course of the year we had a lot of injuries this year and the younger guys that came up were given a chance and they really made the most of it," Kronwall said. "You look at it, just (Tomas) Tatar, (Joakim) Andersson, (Gustav) Nyquist, (Brian) Lashoff and (Danny) DeKeyser when he came in, even (Petr) Mrazek did a great job when he came in so we know there's more to come in the minors, and the younger guys have really proven they can play at the top level, and just the experience they get alone in the playoffs have been great." This was definitely a bit of a transitional season for Detroit and the fact that they did as good as they did under those circumstances is impressive. However, Detroit's ability to become a serious Cup contender again will depend on large part on how Detroit's younger players develop as they've been unable to get significant help via traders and the free agent markets lately.
Daniel Cleary could become an unrestricted free agent on July 5.
While the Red Wings would like to re-sign Cleary and Cleary clearly wants to return to Detroit, he could decide to see what is available to him as an unrestricted free agent. Cleary had only nine goals and 15 points during the regular season but was outstanding in the playoffs with four goals and 10 points, second on the team to Henrik Zetterberg who had 12 points. Stay tuned.
Henrik Zetterberg has been selected as the 2013 winner of the NHL Foundation Player Award.
Zetterberg will receive a $25,000 grant to help a cause he believes in. The award goes to the player "who applies the core values of (ice) hockey'commitment, perseverance and teamwork'to enrich the lives of people in his community." This is the first time Zetterberg has won this award.
Drew Miller's recently signed three-year extension with the Detroit Red Wings is worth $4.05 million.
Miller will come with a $1.35 million cap hit after earning an average of $837,500 annually with his old deal. "It feels great," Miller said about re-signing with Detroit. "I'm excited, my wife is excited, my family is excited. This is where I wanted to be. It's a great organization, great coaching staff, great bunch of guys. We have a lot of talent in the locker room, and I believe we'll be a very good team next year." He doesn't have any fantasy value in standard leagues, but he's a solid bottom-six forward.
Drew Miller has reportedly inked a three-year extension with the Detroit Red Wings.
Miller was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer after completing his two-year, $1,675,000 contract. He had four goals and eight points in 44 games this season.
Jan Mursak has excelled in the Calder Cup finals.
Mursak has two goals and four points to help lead the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins to a 3-0 series lead. Overall, Mursak has 16 points in 20 playoff contests. The Griffins will try to secure the AHL championship Friday night.