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  1. Read this on forum Sources tell me Garnet Exelby has signed a 2 way deal with the Detroit Red Wings. any other sources saying its true???
  3. if lidstrom does retire and know he is not replaceable, but if we signed Dan Hamhuis and Anton Volchenkov you people be happy? Dan Hamhuis Age: 27 Ht: 6-1 Wt: 203 ASSETS: Can play a sound defensive game, log big minutes and also be used in a shutdown role. Moves the puck well out of the defensive zone. Has loads of hockey sense. FLAWS: Isn't a physical defenseman, which somewhat limits his effectiveness against big NHL forwards. Is also a limited contributor in the offensive zone. CAREER POTENTIAL: Big-minute defenseman. Anton Volchenkov Age: 28 Ht: 6-1 Wt: 226 ASSETS: Is one of the best shot-blocking defensemen in NHL history, and thrives in one-on-one battles against top forwards. Plays with tremendous poise. Has a mean streak and is not shy about hitting the opposition. FLAWS: Won't scare anybody with his offensive ability, since he lacks confidence with the puck. Needs to pick his spots better when lining up opponents. His shot-blocking leads to injuries, aches and pains. CAREER POTENTIAL: Excellent shutdown defenseman. Stewie-Kronner Raffy-Volchenkov Ericcson-Hamhuis Kindl Meech
  4. since franzen is out who would you guys trade for? maybe some like alexander frolov or nathan horton? Any other suggestions?
  5. So maybe Todd Bertuzzi's first stint with the Red Wings didn't go especially well. That didn't stop Ken Holland from giving it another go this offseason when the Red Wings G.M. brought in the big forward to help replace the scoring that was lost with the offseason departures of Marian Hossa, Mikael Samuelsson and Jiri Hudler. Bertuzzi spent a few minutes chatting with Sporting News' Craig Custance about his return to Detroit. Q: In the departure of Samuelsson, Hossa and Hudler, the Red Wings lost a combined 82 goals from last year. How do you replace that? A: I don't think you can really replace it. You chip away at that collectively, including guys who were on the team last year. I know (Dan) Cleary is ready to take it to another level. I know (Henrik Zetterberg) can continue his pace and (Tomas Holmstrom) and (Johan Franzen). We have enough scoring collectively. Our main goal is to do well defensively—two or three goals a game should win games here. Q: What attracted you about a return to Detroit? A: Just from my little stint here (eight games in 2007), it was one of the places that I felt comfortable. It was good knowing coming to the rink every day we were trying to win and hoping to win. Any time you can get in an organization like that, it's a load off your shoulders. Especially with the amount of talent they have in this room. It's an easy group to get along with, too. Q: Were you disappointed when Calgary didn't make a bigger effort to keep you? A: Yeah, I think so. You know what? It's one of those things that you just let it go. There's no point in throwing stones at anyone. I had a good time there, met some great people there and have good friends there. I wish them the best. Q: With the addition of Jay Bouwmeester, they have the makings of a serious contender. What did you think of their offseason? A: They have a good back end, they can compare themselves to our back end, talent-wise. It's one of those things where now you have to go out and do it. I think with the goaltending they have, I think they're capable of taking a bigger step. Q: What could prevent Calgary from making that step? A: Losing (Mike) Cammalleri, his goals and his offense. I think they're going to have to find from within some guys to have 20-goal seasons. Offensively, I think if anything, they have a tiny bit of a shortcoming. But they have enough, especially with Jarome Iginla. I take my hat off to that guy, especially playing with him. I have a lot of respect for that guy and what he does for that city. I see great things for them. Q: What did you learn about Jarome by playing with him? A: Just his competitiveness. Each and every day, just wanting to win. Whether it was off the ice and stupid things that we do or on the ice. He always wanted to win and he came to compete hard. He has an unbelievable work ethic. I don't think people know how hard or how many hours he puts in to get himself ready.
  6. The Detroit Red Wings didn't make any splashy free-agent signings or major trades to replace guys like Marian Hossa and Jiri Hudler. And that's meant with all due respect to new additions Todd Bertuzzi, Patrick Eaves and Jason Williams. But expectations haven't lowered in Detroit. The Red Wings expect another Stanley Cup contending team, despite the departing offense. Here's how they can replace those lost goals: 1. More from Hank: Marian Hossa's 40-goal season and a trip to the Stanley Cup finals overshadowed a quiet offensive season from Henrik Zetterberg. One of the best two-way players in the game, Zetterberg isn't a pure goal-scorer, but his 31 goals in 2008-09 were his lowest total since his second season. If he can return to the 43 goals he scored two years ago, that's an extra dozen goals for the Red Wings this season. "I haven't seen Henrik, I know he's skating in Detroit. Our trainers have seen him and said he's in great shape," Detroit G.M. Ken Holland told Sporting News. "A couple people tell me that they've talked to him and he feels he's a little more physically fit this year than last year." 2. The new guys: Holland said the team is looking for about 15-to-20 goals from Bertuzzi and Williams, but the wild card could be Patrick Eaves. Holland got him on the cheap, signing Eaves to a one-year contract worth $500,000 after the Bruins bought him out. He was the 29th overall pick in the 2003 draft by Ottawa and scored 20 goals in 58 games for the Senators his rookie season. Since then, he has fallen well short of expectations, scoring six times in 74 games for the Hurricanes last season. "His career hasn't gone the way he wanted," Holland said. "We're hoping in Detroit, he gets back to where he was two or three years ago." 3. The development of youth: With guys like Chris Osgood and Nicklas Lidstrom around, the Red Wings are considered a veteran team. But there's plenty of young talent ready to make a jump, given the opportunity. Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm both showed in the playoffs they're capable of producing at the NHL level, and the club has high hopes for the skilled Ville Leino. Valtteri Filppula also said he'd embrace more offensive expectations and responsibility. "The bigger role you have, the more fun it is," he said. "I'm definitely going to do my best to get the biggest role possible." 4. Will it matter? Once training camp opens next week, the Red Wings will hear a lot about the importance of playing better team defense this season. Holland saw a lack of focus during the regular season, which can't be repeated if the Wings want to hold off rising teams like the Blackhawks and Blues in their division. "We were getting away with playing 40 minutes out of a hockey game," Holland said. "I thought we were sloppy a lot of nights but we had the ability to score and outscore mistakes." The Red Wings allowed 60 more regular-season goals last season than the Detroit team that won the Stanley Cup two years ago. A return to the defensively sound Red Wings from two years ago is more important than trying to match last season's offense.
  7. Williams signing impact on cap I don't have the salary number for Jason Williams yet, but it certainly sounds like his signing means that the Red Wings are going to carry 22 players again this season ... and that's a number that vice president and general manager Ken Holland thinks is ideal. "We'll be a little over the cap heading into training camp," said Holland. "We have the flexibility of a couple of kids who can go up and down to Grand Rapids." That means Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm. Of those two, Abdelkader is clearly the first to go on the Grand Rapids shuttle based on performance, experience and just plain weariness of waiting for a chance. All those factors favor Helm. Add in that Abdelkader's salary ($850,000 plus $140,000 possible bonuses) is higher than Helm's ($599,444) and Helm isn't going anywhere unless preseason performances change tilt heavily towards Abdelkader. "I'm a big believer in the American Hockey League," said Holland. "The NHL is a man's league. It's the toughest league in the world. If you're not emotionally and physically ready, you're going to lose your confidence. Some people are ready (for the NHL) at 19 like Sidney Crosby. Some are ready at 21 or 22." That said, Holland's ideal roster is this ... 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goalies. The goalies are set with Chris Osgood and Jimmy Howard. With Abdelkader, Helm, Jason Williams and Tuesday's signee, Patrick Eaves, the Red Wings have 13 forwards. Right now, either the Red Wings are keeping Abdlekader and Helm or adding another forward into the mix (either by signing or someone who's already in the system). Or there's the option of the Wings going away from the 13-7-2 template short term, keeping just 12 forwards (putting Abdelkader in Grand Rapids) and keeping eight defensemen until a deal can be worked out for one blue-liner. With eight NHL defensemen, everything hinges on Andreas Lilja's health. The big Swede is still experiencing headaches and might not be able to start the season on the active roster. If that's the case, Lilja and his $1.25 million contract will be off the books and on long-term injured reserve. If Lilja can play, then either Brett Lebda ($650,000) or Derek Meech ($483,333) might be moved. "If Lilja's healthy, we're not going to carry eight defensemen," said Holland. "We want to go to camp and have competition for jobs. That's going to be sorted out in training camp. If we get good luck with injuries, I believe we've got the potential of having a team that can contend with any team in our division and compete for the West(ern Conference)."
  8. Prospal appears to be down to Detroit and Washington..
  9. Chris Kelly to the Red Wings? Word is that Detroit is persuing PK expert Chris Kelly from Ottawa. Detroit finished 25th on the PK last year and with the loss of Hossa and Hudler, Detroit might be getting worse. Kelly provides much needed penalty killing and is a typical heart and soul guy. The return may be anywhere from a 2nd round pick in 2010 to the arbitration rights of Jiri Hudler. Hudler killed penalties last year?? lol
  10. IF WE COULD TRADE RAFALSKI? 2009-2010 DETROIT RED WINGS FORWARDS Pavel Datsyuk $6,700,000 Henrik Zetterberg $6,083,333 Johan Franzen $3,954,545 * Nikolai Antropov $3,500,000 Valtteri Filppula $3,000,000 Daniel Cleary $2,800,000 Tomas Holmstrom $2,250,000 Kris Draper $1,583,333 * Todd Bertuzzi $1,500,000 * Ville Leino $1,000,000 Kirk Maltby $883,333 * Cody McCormick $750,000 Darren Helm $599,444 DEFENSEMEN Nicklas Lidstrom $7,450,000 Brad Stuart $3,750,000 Niklas Kronwall $3,000,000 * Denis Gauthier $2,000,000 Andreas Lilja $1,250,000 Jonathan Ericsson $900,000 Brett Lebda $650,000 Derek Meech $483,333 GOALTENDERS Chris Osgood $1,416,666 Jimmy Howard $716,666 ROSTER SIZE 23 SALARY CAP $56,800,000 PAYROLL $56,220,653 BONUS MONEY (ESTIMATED) (0% of cap) $0 CAP ROOM $579,347 CAP ROOM PER OPEN SPOT $0
  11. Madden agrees to 1 year, $2.75 mil deal with Blackhawks.
  12. Neil staying in Ott. 4 years 8 mil
  13. Gaborik 5 years, $7.5 per year
  14. mule - zetterberg - Maxim Afinogenov(1.5)/ Ales Kotalik (2.5) flipp - datsyuk - Maxim Afinogenov(1.5)/ Ales Kotalik (2.5) Cal Clutterbuck - helm - cleary homer - draper - maltby leino lids - raffy stuart - kronner big E - lebda meech trade hossa's rights and lilja to the Wild for cal clutterbuck and a draft pick let sammy and kopecky walk and hudler gets an offer sheet Ales Kotalik and Maxim Afinogenovare both 20 goal scorers cal clutterbuck is a great hitter
  15. According to the Ottawa Sun, Senators star forward Dany Heatley has given the team a list of 10 teams he'd accept a trade to. While Senators GM Bryan Murray has been manning the phones, and expects talks to intensify later this week, the Sun claims seven of the teams on Heatley's wishlist are the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks. The Sun claims the Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues are also very interested in Heatley. It's believed the Oilers are not among the teams Heatley's interested in going to, while it's uncertain if the Wild, Avs or Blues made the cut. "I'm doing a lot of the asking. Nobody has really agreed at the moment. But one team is getting close to where I want to be," Murray told the Sun. "I guess I can take an offer that's been made, but it's not one that I want right now." Heatley has a $4 million bonus that must be paid on July 1. If the Senators trade him before then, they won't be on the hook. "Until we get (an offer) that we're satisfied with, and let me assure you I will never be completely satisfied ... you guys will give me a hard time if I don't make the right trade," Murray said. "I'm going to try to get as good a player back as I can."