David Legwand had four goals and seven assists for the Wings after being acquired from the Predators. (David Guralnick / Detroit News)
Detroit – Expect the Red Wings' emphasis on young players to continue.
The Red Wings completed their team meetings Wednesday, going over their own organization, other teams' rosters, prospective unrestricted agents, and the players on their minor league affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins.
The Red Wings are likely to dip their toes into the free-agent market, although they probably won't go after big names. General manager Ken Holland will listen to trade offers.
But the bottom line is that the Red Wings' kids will continue to play, other Griffins could get a chance, and Holland isn't likely to move any of his young players in trades.
"We like our kids -- we have good young players who'll play in the NHL for 10 to 15 years," Holland said. "I don't want to get into trades where we're sending two or three of those kids for a 32-year-old player."
As for the Red Wings' own unrestricted free agents, it appears goalie Jonas Gustavsson and forward Daniel Alfredsson are the only players who might return. Gustavsson said after the season he'd like to return to the organization and back up Jimmy Howard.
The Red Wings probably will keep goalie Petr Mrazek in Grand Rapids and let Mrazek play at least 55-60 games with the Griffins.
"Gustavsson is still in play," Holland said.
Holland hasn't spoken to Alfredsson, 41, about whether the veteran forward will play another season. Alfredsson isn't likely to make a decision until later this month, before the July 1 start of free agency.
The Red Wings will have interest in Alfredsson if the contract numbers make sense for both sides.
Free-agent forward Mikael Samuelsson is heading to Sweden, Holland said.
Holland wouldn't comment specifically on the futures of forwards Todd Bertuzzi, Daniel Cleary and David Legwand, and defenseman Kyle Quincey -- but none are likely to return.
Holland said 11-12 of the forward spots are already accounted for on the current roster -- not leaving much room for any more movement -- as well as six of the seven defensemen expected to be on the roster.
"We'll let the rest of the month of June play out," Holland said.
As for coach Mike Babcock, who has one year remaining on his contract, Holland said discussions with Babcock will continue throughout the summer.
Babcock and Holland touched base during the past few days and will talk again later in the month. Babcock is headed out of town on a 10-day vacation.
The Red Wings announced earlier in the day they re-signed Griffins coach Jeff Blashill to a three-year contract.
Holland did not allow other NHL teams to interview Blashill for potential head coaching openings around the league but could revisit that decision next summer, depending on Babcock's future and what else transpires around the NHL.
Blashill wasn’t interested in addressing rumors he could be a possible replacement for Babcock.
"I deals in facts, I don't deal in speculation or rumors," Blashill said. "I have an opportunity to continue a job I enjoy. My focus is to do the best job I can possibly do."