The Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James had plenty of fun info to share with fans about forward Luke Glendening after he spoke to the media this week.
For starters, he’s been back on the ice recently. That’s a step in the right direction after he struggled with a bone bruise at the end of the 2015-16 season – although with more than enough time off over the summer, the Michigan native claims taht he’s optimistic he’ll be ‘all set’.
The hope is that he’ll be at one hundred percent well before the start of the upcoming year, so he can get to work proving that his generous new contract was worth it.
He’s also been helping out in the Red Wings community.
From hanging out with younger teammates like Dylan Larkin to coaching at a youth camp held by the team this summer, he’s been a part of the Detroit scene throughout the offseason.
“I caught them on the last day, so I think some of them are going a little haywire,” Glendening said, via St. James. “But it’s good to be out there having fun.”
The Red Wings will certainly need him to be at his best this year, both on and off the ice. He’s taking up just $628,000 for one more year, then he’ll see a jump in salary that sees the depth forward make just under $2 million per year for each of the following four seasons. That’s a bit of money to commit to a depth player, particularly until they’re 32.
For Glendening himself, though, talks with the media aren’t nearly as cautious as the talks are between the media and the fans. The undrafted skater sounds determined to be optimistic about the upcoming year:
“We we’re all frustrated by the way things ended,” Glendening said. “In the off-season, you have a lot of time to think about it, so here we are. I think we are all ready to get back on, and we still have another two months, basically. We are going to be extra ready by the time it starts.
“I just want to continue to contribute any way I can, be solid on the penalty kill, and we’ll see where it shakes out.”