Listen, before Hudler left for Russia, he was offered a $3.5M contract in which he turned own and went to arbitration. He ran to Russia for more money and was awarded a lessor contract with the Wings than he was offered before arbitration. Now he runs back crying and doesn't produce, he will now be gone, because Mike Ilitch has the control, NOT the player.
The Fedorov comaprison? He turned down a contract from Ilitch, then later when he was offered a lessor one, he left for Anaheim. Then in 2008 when Fedorov wanted to come back via the trade deadline and even though some folks in the organization wanted him back, someone in the higer ups (possibly Ilitch) told Holland NO. Thats the only comparison. You don't spite the owner. Especially an owner with the power of Mr. Ilitch.
That being explained, have a great career Hudler, hope Russia was worth it! Trade him to the Island for a 2nd rouder, which will end up a pick in the 30's...
What gives you the impression some team would trade a second round pick for Hudler especially at this time? Brad Stuart went for a third and he's infinitely more valuable than Hudler.
Yeah because Hudler offers the forechecking, very solid defensive play, penalty killing ability and versatility that Filpulla offers to go along with his lower point total.
This team is built to win now. We dont have time to wait for guys to shape up. We could get a solid prospect for him instead of sitting around on his cap hit waiting for him to improve, just imrpove a cheap prospect.
He has never been liked by Babcock even when he was putting up 60 points, you think Babcock is gonna let him stick around much longer if hes not putting up points?
Same story, different season from Filppula. He's the reason Datsyuk and Zetterberg are going to get split up if he continues not to produce offensively as the second line center.
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