Posts Tagged ‘Contract’

Red Wings Part Ways With Chelios

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Chris Chelios will not be returning to the Red Wings next year. Ken Holland declined to offer him a new contract. It’s not much of a surprise and it’s probably a good thing for the team. With the depth that they have on defense it doesn’t make sense to have Chelios on the roster. We saw in the playoffs how great Ericsson is and he deserves the spot. Not to mention all of the other great defensemen on the team. It’s no slight to Chelios, the Red Wings just don’t have room for him.

Ken Holland also said that he believes Chelios has another year left in him. It’s not clear yet if he will try to play somewhere else. I think he’d be a great fit for our local Tampa Bay Lightning. They’ve had a lot turmoil on defense lately. Chelios, with his low cap hit and tons of experience would be great as a stabalizer and a mentor to the younger players.

Thanks to Chris Chelios for 10 years of great play and entertaining hockey. We wish him all the best.

Zetterberg Signs 12 Year Contract Extension

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Henrik Zetterberg has signed a new 12 year deal that will keep him in Detroit until he’s 40.  The Wings see him as their future captain.  Having him as a lifetime Red Wings is an amazing accomplishment for the Ken Holland and his staff.  It’s a testament to the greatness of the organization which starts with the ownership.  Thank goodness the Ilitch family is so great to work for because that’s the root of why the Red Wings are so consistently good.

Apparently, a conversation with Steve Yzerman helped Zetterberg make his decision to stay.  Over the next 12 years Zetterberg has the opportunity to build a legacy on par with that of Yzerman.  We’ll be watching Red Wings history in the making.

It’s great to see that even in the salary cap era you can still find a loyal franchise player.   Way to go, Hank!

Filppula Signs New Contract

Friday, August 1st, 2008

The Red Wings signed Valtteri Filppula to a 5 year deal worth 15 million dollars on Wednesday.  This is great new for Red Wings fans.  Filppula is a highly skilled forward who continues to improve.

Mike Babcock Signs Three Year Contract Extension

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

The Hockey News is reporting that the Red Wings signed coach Mike Babcock to a three contract.  The announcement is expected to be made Wednesday morning.

This is great news for Red Wings fans!  He’s probably the best coach in the league right now and I think he may end up being one of the best of all time before he’s done.  The guy is hockey-smart, and people-smart.  That’s a great combination for a hockey coach.