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Offer Sheets: How Aggressive Is 'Aggressive'?

The Red Wings brass, from Holland to Nill to Babcock and Devellano, have all expressed a common sentiment regarding this offseason: aggression. Enough evidence seems to have mounted for Detroit to realize that they need to adapt the team's composition and style of play to some extent to continue their success. Holland and co. have voiced plans for the team to get bigger and stronger and to be aggressive in free agency.

My question is: would/should the Red Wings consider attempting to poach restricted free agents this summer?

Will Nashville Trade Suter?

With the 2012 NHL All-Star festivities in Ottawa finally over, teams are gearing up for the second half of the season.  The crème of the crop is rising in both leagues, and with the February 27th trade deadline fast approaching, teams will soon assess whether they’ll be buyers or sellers.  Some teams will reload for the grueling playoffs, and some teams will re-stock for the 2012-2013 season.

During the all-star festivities, Predator defenseman Ryan Suter felt like getting personal.  Suter notified the hockey world on Fridays media day that he wouldn’t sign an extension until after the season.  This remark was rather surprising.  The t...

Why Wings Fans Should Want Pronger Healthy

Adam Foote might be the only NHL defenseman more despised by Wings faithful than Chris Pronger over the past 15 seasons. That's a big might. Pronger is strong, mean and skilled; he's a player you hate for your squad to play against but would love to have him on your team. Whether it was with St. Louis, Edmonton or Anaheim, Pronger gave the Wings trouble in the postseason with crunching hits and booming point shots. His battles with Tomas Holmstrom were epic and memorable.

Unfortunately the concussion epidemic sweeping the league also struck Pronger who is shut down for the remainder of the season with post-concussion syndrome. It's a detriment to the league when any play...

How the Chicago Blackhawks are shaping up as training camp approaches

Chicago fans were disappointed in April when the Blackhawks couldn't make it past their hated rival, the Vancouver Canucks. But even in the face of the loss, there was a lot of positive things to take away from the postseason for the Hawks.

The most important thing was the Blackhawks' performance in games 4-7 of the first series. Despite Vancouver looking like the stronger, healthier team going to the series - and they were, having cruised through the final weeks of their schedule as Chicago battled down to the very last wire in the effort to hold on to their playoff berth - and even despite the Canucks practically skating circles around t...

Best of the Rest

With the huge sprint that started when the clock hit July 1st, a lot of players have landed in new situations or simply resigned with their respective teams. 

But there are still a bunch of players that are still waiting for a call from an NHL general manager with a contract offer. Maybe, simply a tryout offer. Just something, even someone saying they are interested!

And it's not like the guys left over are pushovers, there is a bunch of them that are grizzled veterans that teams need in the playoffs. Some guys might sign for cheap, just for another chance to play again. 

Here are the best of the rest by position:

FORWARD

John Madden: he worked out...

Can You Yandle This?

Rolaids might have to borrow a certain Phoenix defenseman if they want to bring back the old catchphrase.

How do you spell relief? Y-A-N-D-L-E.
 The former CHL Defenseman of the Year, who finished fifth in Norris Trophy voting last season after leading all NHL defensemen in scoring right around his first (and likely not his last) All-Star Game appearance has signed on for five more years--yes, five--with the Coyotes, in a deal reportedly worth $26.25 million. Yandle was one of the main subjects of talks surrounding potential offer sheet targets.  But, rather than pursuing any temptations of playing for a market with more exposure, he showed how much he believed in t...

All Quiet on the Western Front

After letting Raffi Torres and Christian Ehrhoff, two guys the Canucks wanted back, walk to other teams because of salary disputes, the Vancouver Canucks haven't exactly added significant pieces to replace them. You could argue that Marco Sturm, a vetern banger and crasher who has had nine career 20 goal seasons is the replacement for Torres, but with braces on both knees going into next season, is he really dependable for 82 games?

As for Ehrhoff there has been nada to replace him so far. Sami Salo reupped with the nucks for one year, but same deal as Sturm; Salo is made of glass. Can we expect 82 games from him, plus the long playoff run this team is hoping for?

Essentia...

GM's Job Done, Players and Coaches Must Produce

By Scott Lowe

Someone, not sure who, wrote in this space yesterday that the Washington Capitals would most likely sit back and let the Free Agent Frenzy play out, waiting for the day’s losers to approach them with ridiculous trade offers they couldn’t refuse. Okay, maybe that scenario didn’t quite pan out.

Instead, while the Caps’ venture into the free agent wilderness could not be considered as much of a frenzied approach as some teams (ahem, Buffalo and Florida), Washington turned out to be one of the more active teams. And by all accounts, General Manager George McPhee did a great job filling holes and continuing to mold his club into a tougher and m...

Jagr Signs & Flyers Free Agency Moves

 

In another one of those, ‘never would have guessed’ moves, the Philadelphia Flyers signed forward Jaromir Jagr in his return from the KHL on Friday.  The Jagr sweepstakes seemed to be between Detroit, Pittsburgh and Montreal until late Thursday night when it was announce that the Flyers had some interest.  This offseason has been stocked full of decisions that significantly changed the look of the roster that will take the ice at Wells Fargo Center this year, and this move was no different.

Obviously, Jagr is not the Jagr of old, and there’s something to be said for that. But on a one year deal for $3.3 mil...

Summer Bryz in Ilyadelphia

Ed Snider is old school, like E.F. Hutton, when he speaks Paul Holmgren listens.

When the 2010-2011 season ended for the Flyers in the second round of the playoffs, Ed Snider was asked about the goalie situation.

After seeing the goalie-go-round in this years playoffs the long time owner of the Flyers stated on camera that what was seen in these playoffs in the Flyers net will never happen again. That is a lot of pressure to put on your general manager, but on June 7th Paul Holmgren obliged the owner by obtaining the rights to unrestricted free agent Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Flyers sent Phantoms forward Matt Clackson, a third round pick in 2012 and a future 3rd round draft p...