White, Commodore Signed, Hudler Shopped
The Detroit Red Wings signed two defenceman in the past few days in Mike Commodore and Ian White. Commodore winged a one year, one million dolar contract and White has two years at $2.875 million a pop.
Commodore will replace Ruslan Salei's spot in the rotation with Jakub Kindl. White is a welcomed addition as he has a right handed shot (like Rafalski) and is relatively young.
I like the White signing, and while Commodore is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, he has a history with Mike Babcock, which I am sure will get resolved quickly.
Detroit also signed Jonathan Ericsson to a monster deal, which I don't even want to talk about because I'm having a good day today.
Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller also resigned to my delight, as they worked har and deserved to be back, unlike Ericsson. It's a problem when both their contracts add up to half of Ericsson's.
Anyways, there are some rumours out there that Jiri Hudler is being shopped hard by Detroit. He had a tough year last season after returning from the KHL, but I'm willing to give him another chance. He's only 27 and should be in the prime of his career, so next year he could be good. If you say that about Ericsson too, fine. I just don't like him.
The only reason the Wings might be looking to move someone is because Jan Mursak and Cory Emmerton can't be sent to Grand Rapids without clearing waivers (that's what happened to Mattias Ritola last year). With 14 forwards spots taken and the Wings usually carrying 13, they ned to move someone. They might be better off keeping both up and rotating them in.
That means there's no more room for Kris Draper, and good riddance. The guy didn't know when to hang them up. I loved Drapes when he was winning Cups in 97-98 and 2002, but when he got loder his game went south. Especially last year, he took faceoffs and skated off the ice. We had that instead of seeing Tomas Tatar a couple more times a year. So in a way I'm sad to see him leave, but it has to be done for progession's sake.
Detroit still needs a backup goalie, and some names still out there are Ty Conklin, Marty Turco, Ray Emery and Chris Osgood. If all else fails, Ozzie will probably be back of rone more year. Turco is done for all I am concerned and he can't win at the Joe anyways. Emery played great with Anaheim and he would be welcomed to split with Howard.
My choice would be Conklin. He was my favourite goalie in 2008-09 because Osgood had such a terrible season and Conks was always ready to go. Of all the great backups in the game today, if Johan Hedberg is the perfect one, then Conklin is number two. Sign him for a million and let's get to the season.
So with the Wings set for know, it tells me two things; they are going to be extremely active at the trade deadline and will get some studs in next year's free agent pool. Nicklas Lidsotmr will probably retire (I think) and that's $6.2 million more to spend on top of the 9 million they have right now. Something's gotta give.