White, Bertuzzi, Sammuelsson, Cleary, Filppula, Tootoo, and Colaoccovo.
Yzerman fired by Tampa Bay. Rejoins Red Wings as assistant GM.
At the press conference, Yzerman tears opens his dress shirt to reveal his Red Wings sweater, super kicks Phil Esposito. Red Wings' theme music blares through the PA as Jim Ross screams, "My God! He's back! He's back! He's back!" and the show fades to black.
After reading that article by KHAAAAAAAN, discussing the Wings' options at the draft and the possibility of moving Colaiacovo, Emmerton, or Tootoo and perhaps buying out Bertuzzi or Samuelsson I started to get curious as to what exactly that could look like.
As far as I'm concerned, those are the extra pieces that - with the exception of Tootoo - need trimming, so it was certainly an encouraging article - even if it is all conjecture at this point.
Michael Ryder ($3.500m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) Damien Brunner ($1.350m) / Stephen Weiss ($3.100m) / Johan Franzen ($3.955m) Tomas Tatar ($0.840m) / Darren Helm ($2.125m) / Gustav Nyquist ($0.788m) Justin Abdelkader ($1.800m) / Joakim Andersson ($0.605m) / Drew Miller ($1.350m) Jordin Tootoo ($1.900m) / Patrick Eaves ($1.200m)
Niklas Kronwall ($4.750m) / Jonathan Ericsson ($3.250m) Kyle Quincey ($3.775m) / Brendan Smith ($0.827m) Danny DeKeyser ($1.350m) / Jakub Kindl ($1.050m) Brian Lashoff ($0.725m)
Jimmy Howard ($5.292m) Jonas Gustavsson ($1.500m)
- Buyout: Todd Bertuzzi ($0.000m) Buyout: Mikael Samuelsson ($0.000m)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $57,813,920; BONUSES: $1,010,000
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $7,496,080
I know, it looks just like everyone else's.
Ignore the $7mil+ cap cushion, because I made no attempt to calculate the salaries of the UFA/RFA signings. I'm terrible at that, so there's no point. Feel free to substitute Ryder with any of the power forwards that have been mentioned here throughout the off-season, if you'd like.
In my perfect scenario, Colaiacovo is somehow moveable - perhaps packaged with Filppula's rights - and Sameulsson and Bertuzzi can be bought out. While, I like what Bertuzzi can bring to the line-up; he and Samuelsson are the most obvious buyout candidates and I don't see that changing at any point over the course of the next year.
I've accepted that the fact that this team will likely be unable to acquire a worthwhile defenseman and that they will move forward with the core that we saw in place at the end of last season.
Rumor has it that Blashill will interview for the Stars' opening.
Oh please tell me that's a joke. Good Grief... They finally get GR on the same page and now one of the people in charge (Nill) goes to Dallas and will try to steal away the coach (Blashill) too? F'n Dallas...
He really is the kind of player you want on your team. He scores, he hits, he hustles every shift, he has speed, and so on. The guy is on fire in the postseason. I really hope the Wings brass is watching this guy because he is a great prospect.
He also dives constantly and embellishes non-stop.
Ya no kidding. They need to do it at start of next game.
Also my jealous side is glad the 8000 bandwagon fans didn't get to see them clinch. Us real fans that were in the 3000 all season long deserve it but not the bandwagoners.
Your jealous side really sucks.
Tough loss, but Syracuse found all the breaks. More weak officiating only made it a worse game to watch. Hopefully the Griffins can regain their form. Everyone played mostly weak games, with the exception of DeKeyser. Syracuse seemed to give them fits - especially the defense.
That said, they had plenty of chances late in the first and second periods. They just have to get back to their game and it should click.