Posts Tagged ‘Kopecky’

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.

Kopecky Out For Game Five

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Tomas Kopecky is not going to be available for game five against Anaheim on Sunday. He has a swollen cheek resulting from his game four fight with Francois Beauchemin.

It sure is a shame to see him miss time because of a fight that was a bad idea in the first place. The Red Wings were completely dominating the Ducks at the point in the game when the fight occurred. It really could have only served to fire up the Ducks. I guess Kopecky’s enthusiasm got the best of him.

He will be missed in game five. He’s a big physical presence who plays with a lot of grit and energy. He’s been playing very well in the playoffs so far. Luckily, the Red Wings depth is second to none. Kopecky will be replaced by Justin Abdelkader who is another of the Wings great players in Grand Rapids. If he plays half as a well as Ericsson did when he was called up, it’ll be just fine.

The injuries are starting to pile up now with Rafalski, Draper, and Lilja also out. Hopefully, some of them will start coming back soon. They’re all close to being cleared to play.