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Quick Hits: Mr. Hockey, Jr.

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  • Big surprise from the Hall of Fame selection yesterday: Mark Howe will officially be a Hall of Famer, ending nearly 15 years of being looked over.  Howe, son of Mr. Hockey himself, is often considered one of the all time great American defensemen and had a very large influence on our young defensive corps in the early 90's when he played with the Wings.  He will go to the Hall of Fame with Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmour, and Joe Nieuwendyk.  As Puck Daddy pointed out, all four have ties to the Maple Leafs with all but Howe having played for the team and Howe playing for the Marlies.  Malik has a great collection of snippets and quotes about Howe if you would like to read about him.
  • Bad news: another potential defenseman re-signed yesterday.  Joni Pitkanen agreed to a 3 year, $13.5 million contract yesterday.  As with Kevin Bieska the day before, that is slightly lower than what he probably would have gotten on the open market.
  • Brooks Laich also re-signed yesterday.  He and the Capitals agreed to a 6 year, $27 million deal.
  • Yet another possible defenseman gone: Marc-Andre Bergeron re-signed with the Lightning yesterday.  2 years with a $1 million cap hit.  I would not have minded the Wings taking that gamble.
  • The Penguins have officially offered Jagr a one year deal and he has until today to say if he will sign the deal or not.  I suppose we owe Mario Lemieux and the gang a quick "thanks" for limiting how long this would be drawn out for.
  • Christian Ehrhoff, yet another potential free agent target, had his negotiation rights traded to the Islanders for a draft pick.  Odds are this will be another person we can cross of our lists.
  • Zdeno Chara will meet with Montreal police to finish their investigation in his hit on Max Pacioretty.
  • Pascal Dupuis, who I doubt anyone wanted in a winged wheel, re-signed with the Pengiuns.