It's July 26th, three and a half weeks after NHL free agency began, and the Detroit Red Wings are not having the offseason many expected. With a boatload of salary cap room, the goal was to net big name players like Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, or both.
On July 2nd, the Red Wings made all of their offseason moves signing backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson, Swiss import Damien Brunner, ex-Red Wings Mikael Samuelsson and Nashville superpest Jordin Tootoo. Other than re-signing defenceman Kyle Quincey, the Red Wings have not made any other moves to improve their team.
Detroit has been mentioned in every report of big name talent, including Parise and Suter. They were also interested in Shea Weber and Rick Nash, but both Nashville and Columbus did not want to deal their franchise player to a divsion rival.
Something has got to give. The Detroit Red Wings made four signings today, two of which are forwards. This is a strange predicament the Red Wings are in. They have $17 million left in cap space and are still in on the Zach Parise sweepstakes.
Parise will likely make a decision by tomorrow, but with Jiri Hudler out of the picture, the Red Wings still need a top line winger, which might come in the form of Parise or Alex Semin (or possibly Hudler, although unlikely).
The Jordin Tootoo and Mikael Samuelsson signings give Detroit 16 forwards under contract, not including Justin Abdelkader, who is an RFA, or Tomas Holmstrom, who is UFA.
In a league where you usually dress 12 forwards a game, 16 is too many. Factor in a spot for Abdelkader and a Parise type player, and that's 18 forward spots. What is Ken Holland going to do?
It's the calm before the storm. The playoffs are over and the draft is a few days away, followed by free agency. With a wekaer crop of free agents this year, there is bound to be a lot more wheeling and dealing when it comes to moving picks and players at the draft and in the offseason.
Renaud P Lavoie of RDS decided to spice things up by metioning that Jets forward Evander Kane wants out of Winnipeg;
"What's going on with the Jets ? I hear from a player on Winnipeg that Kane doesn't want to negotiate a new deal?"
If this report is accurate, the Detroit Red Wings have to be interested. With Ryan Suter number one on the radar and Zach parise at number two, they need a back up plan at forward. If they can get Suter in free agency, maybe Parise either doesn't sign with Detroit and they need another sure fire winger. Kane is that guy.
I get that including big names in the rumour mill means that more attention will be drawn to whoever is posting it (from their basement wearing underwear) but history shows that the reality is the big star you hope your team will land is actually not on the market. The reason your favorite rumour mongers are more often wrong than right is that they are always looking for the grand slam instead of the bunt.
I do not know one “insider” that called the Krys Barch to Florida deal and I follow quite a few on twitter, furthermore if they did call it no one was jumping up and down to exclaim they call the deal. Realistically these are the deals that get made during the season. ...
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Gone are longtime Caps Matt Bradley, Boyd Gordon and Eric Fehr. Enigmatic, yet talented, netminder Semyon Varlamov also departed along with last year’s stretch-run veteran additions Jason Arnott and Marco Sturm.
The replacements? Former Caps captain Jeff Halpern, past Stanley Cup winner Troy Brouwer, Nashville playoff hero Joel Ward, elite goaltender Tomas Voukoun and 19-year steady blueline veteran Roman Hamrlik.
The net result? A team that has added size, speed, skill and grit; a club that can roll out a top-six defensive unit that matches up with any in ...