Archive for July, 2009

Hudler Attempts To Leave Red Wings; Hits Legal Snag

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Jiri Hudler signed a two year, 10 million dollar (tax free) deal with the Moscow Dynamo last week. However the NHL is claiming that he was already a signed player since he had filed for arbitration last weekend. The Red Wings are hoping that the IIHF will not approve the transfer on those grounds.

This is a tough situation. I don’t want to lose Hudler, but if he doesn’t want to play in Detroit do we really want him there against his will? We’ll just have to wait and see. I’m hoping they can come to an arrangement where Hudler wants to stay in Detroit. He’s a great player and I’ve really enjoyed watching him over the years.

Sameulsson Heads To Vancouver

Monday, July 6th, 2009

The Red Wings roster shake up continued last week when free agent Mikael Samuelsson signed a three year deal with Vancouver.

He was an important part of the Red Wings team over the years. He had his ups and downs but overall he was a great asset.

Samuelsson admitted that the reason he decided to leave was for the money. That’s a shame but oh well, it opens a spot for somebody who wants to play for the Red Wings. I’d rather have a player who’s heart is in it than someone who just cares about money.

Good luck to Sammy in Vancouver, but may they never beat the Red Wings.

Hossa & Kopecky Headed To Chicago

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Marian Hossa has signed a 12 year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks. That’s a bummer, but it’s not really a surprise. The Red Wings could come close to his competitive value because of the salary cap.

What was more of a surprise to me was that the Hawks also signed Kopecky to a two year deal. I think he will be sorely missed. His departure should make room for Abdelkader next year. We should also be seeing Ericsson full time now that Chelios is gone.

Ty Conklin was snagged by the St. Louis Blues after the Wings declined to offer him a deal. Jimmy Howard will finally get his chance next year to be the official back up goalie to Chris Osgood.