- Per Malik, Holland is now deeply focused on getting a backup goalie. Numerous reports have Conklin pegged as the only free agent possibility. Marty Turco is unlikely to have a homecoming given his horrendous record at Joe Louis Arena (1-10-2 in regular season action, I believe). Re-signing Chris Osgood remains a possibility and all reports say he is in the best shape of his life and is ready for one more go at it. The last possibility is a trade for a backup, likely using Hudler as bait and then signing a top 9 forward to replace him. In all likelihood, though, it looks like Ty Conklin will be a Red Wing once more.
- Interesting article regarding front loaded contracts (such as those signed by Brad Richards, Ilya Kovalchuk, and even Henrik Zetterberg) from Greg Wyshnyski. Expect an article soon from us on this subject.
- Derek Meech on the frontpage of Yahoo! Sports? Apparently he was the biggest splash the reformed Jets have made so far in free agency.
- Surprise! Ian White is looking for a little stability after playing for three teams in one season.
- Not that you didn't know, but Brad Richards signed a massive deal with New York. As J.J. has pointed out numerous times, the money is not that bad: it's the fact that it is 9 years long.
- Jagr says he turned down more money than the Flyers ridiculous offer of $3.3 million per season. You is talking loco and I like it!
- The Sabres signed defenseman Weber to a multiyear deal. Thankfully, not that Weber, though.
- Let's end today's with news on Draper. Everyone's favorite faceoff man is on the outside looking in at this point. As I reported in my Red Wings free agency recap, it would seem unlikely that Draper will be returning. He does not wish to sign a two-way deal or play for another team and there simply isn't a spot on the team for him right now. The only way we will see Draper back at this point is if Hudler is traded. Even then, I am not so sure Draper would be our first choice to be the 13th forward. Unless we want to make Helm the permanent center on the third line, likely between Cleary and Abdelkader, I imagine we would try to find help via free agency. If Draper does come back, he will ultimately be playing musical chairs with Cory Emmerton and/or Jan Mursak for press box duties.