Jiri Hudler has decided to come back to the Red Wings for the 2010-2011 season.
Hudler departed Detroit over salary issues as the Red Wings faced a tough cap to try and fit their free agents. Hudler left the Wings for the Kontinental Hockey League and Moscow Dynamo. However, in arbitration the Wings locked up a two year contract for Hudler should he decide to return to the NHL. Moscow's team folded following some front office issues and Hudler is looking for a new home.
The Wings tried to replace the forward during the summer of 2009 with either Jason Williams or Todd Bertuzzi. Although Bertuzzi had an impact on the season, Williams broke his leg and spent a good portion of the season on IR. Williams is unlikely to stay with the Red Wings following this season and his salary will free up space for Hudler's $2.875 million contract.
Hudler brings a scoring touch that was sorely missed at times this season as well as some great passing skills. As a fan favorite while in Detroit, the young forward will likely be greeted warmly in his return.