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Verrier has broken leg; Helm possible concussion

18 September 2015 - 01:47 PM

Bad collision at practice. MLive article.


EDIT: New link

Autographed Roy Avalanche Jersey

13 July 2015 - 01:41 PM


REPORT: Axel Holmstrom Signs With Detroit

15 June 2015 - 10:21 AM

Via George Malik:


DRW Free Agents / Salary Thread

02 May 2015 - 10:53 PM

This is a piece from the MLive article detailing the Wings salary cap for next season:


The Detroit Red Wings have 18 players signed for 2015-16 at a salary-cap figure of $56.75 million. The salary cap is projected to rise from $69 million to roughly $72 million.

The Red Wings will have ample room to sign their own restricted free agents and explore the free-agent market, which is extremely thin.

Here are their salary-cap figures for next season:


Pavel Datsyuk $7.667 million

Henrik Zetterberg $6.083 million

Stephen Weiss $4.9 million

Johan Franzen $3.955 million

Tomas Tatar $2.75 million

Darren Helm $2.125 million

Justin Abdelkader $1.8 million

Drew Miller $1.35 million

Riley Sheahan $950,000

Luke Glendening $628,000

Restricted free agents: Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Jurco, Joakim Andersson, Teemu Pulkkinen, Landon Ferraro.

Unrestricted free agents: Daniel Cleary, Erik Cole.


Niklas Kronwall $4.75 million

Jonathan Ericsson $4.25 million

Kyle Quincey $4.25 million

Jakub Kindl $2.4 million

Danny DeKeyser $2.188 million

Alexey Marchenko $675,000

Restricted free agent: Brendan Smith

Unrestricted free agent: Marek Zidlicky


Jimmy Howard $5.292 million

Petr Mrazek $738,000

Unrestricted free agent: Jonas Gustavsson.



I think it is safe to say that Gustavsson is not going to be re-signed. I think Cleary is a longshot as well, and unfortunately Cole probably will sit the entire season out of the NHL. 


Zidlicky is a good question. He great in the first games he played with the Wings, but slowed and became a non-factor against TB. I think he may get a good offer from the Wings, but looking at the upcoming UFAs he will probably sign with a more desperate team with more money to spend. Smith will likely get a good offer, although I think we could do better with other options. 


Nyq is almost an untouchable. Jurco, Andersson, and Ferraro could be used as trade bait, but would each demand something more than an aged vet and picks. Pulk is a future PP specialist and the possibility of him getting passed up is insane to me.


The biggest question mark IMO is Weiss. He has a big contract and small numbers. Is there a team that would bite the bullet and take a chance on him via a trade (assuming he lets it happen)? I think it would have to be a contender who maybe wanted one more piece to make the playoffs or advance past their early exit (LA, BOS, NYI, SJ) and have assets to send to us (D-men and/or secondary skill scoring). 


Anyways, what is your opinion on what will/should happen (besides Babcock being the main story and priority signing). 



Opinion: Petr Mrazek should be starting Game 1

26 March 2015 - 07:21 PM

Don't care if the game against SJ isn't over yet. 3 goals on 9 shots. The first goal he went down too soon and that is no one's fault but his. 


Don't care who says "but they weren't his fault" because he gave up a point against PHX in OT and it has been a consistent trend since he got back from injury. 


His stats are horrible. His puck handling is horrible. He can't control rebounds. He can't stop breakaways. Why is he the #1? Because of loyalty and seniority. That's it. That's all it CAN be. 


Petr Mrazek is an NHL goalie. He has superior stats. He is a VAST upgrade in puck handling and speed. He is aggressive and plays pretty well positionally. And he has just as many Cups as Howard has as a starter. So what's the upside in keeping him out?