Detroit Red Wings Return to Traverse City for Training Camp

TRAVERSE CITY – For the first time in two years, the Detroit Red Wings are back in Traverse City for training camp.

“To be back up here and see all the familiar faces, the volunteers. You know, we’re excited,” said Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin.

Tyler Bertuzzi also spoke with the media on Thursday after it was announced on Wednesday that he is the only Red Wing player who decided not to get vaccinated. As a result, he will not be able to travel to games in Canada or be paid for those games.

“At the end of the day it was a life decision, a personal choice and I made it,” Bertuzzi said.

“How will I handle it? Other guys will get opportunity when he cannot play. That’s just the reality of it,” said Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill. “So there’s not a whole lot more to the story than that.”

The Red Wings are looking to improve on a 19-27-10 finish last season that saw them miss the playoffs for a fifth straight year.

Detroit made several key additions through trades (acquiring G Alex Nedeljkovic, D Nick Leddy) and free agency (signing F Pius Suter, D Jordan Oesterle, F Mitchell Stephens, among others).

However, veterans Frans Nielsen, Darren Helm and Luke Glendening all departed in the offseason, signaling the Red Wings are ready to lean on their young players.

“There’s a group that has to step up to become leaders on this team. That’s exciting, that’s what we need,” said Larkin. “We’re pretty young and we’re pretty skilled so it’s going to be exciting.”