In Red Wings Land
I know, I know. You’re sick of hearing about free agency, and even the people who wouldn’t compliment Ken Holland if he signed Kevin Shattenkirk to a deal for the league minimum are getting tired of predicting that we’ll sign Brian Campbell to an 8 year, $15M deal.
But this is what we got today. And this article provides some hope that the Wings will focus more on the development of their younger players. It’s a little surprising that this entire article features no direct quotes from Holland or coach Jeff Blashill, so take everything here with a Costco-sized shaker of salt.
Bigger roles for developing players are a factor as the Detroit Red Wings approach free agency.
The Wings are hoping to add a veteran defenseman with a bit of offense to him when the market opens Saturday at noon, but signings beyond that are doubtful. The Wings don’t have much money – about $7.9 million, but most of that will go towards resigning (sic) Tomas Tatar, Andreas Athanasiou and Xavier Ouellet.
Jeff would never forgive me if I didn’t point out that they are hoping to “re-sign” Tatar, Athanasiou, and Ouellet.
JJ wouldn’t if I didn’t point out that Helene (AGAIN) ignores the cap space that Franzen going on LTIR will provide (just under $4M. And regardless of what you might see floating around, the team DOES NOT have to wait until day two of the season to get that cap relief.
Around the NHL
Happy one year (and one day) anniversary of the craziest 23 minutes in hockey.
In just about the amount of time it takes to watch one episode of Archer on Netflix, the hockey world blew (phrasing!) up.
Steven Stamkos re-signed with Tampa. And two one-for-one trades happened. The first was Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson, the second was P.K. Subban for Shea Weber.
This article takes a look back at the Subban - Weber trade.
The National Hockey League isn’t really known for possessing the type of wild and furious off-season that keeps fans glued to social media for hours on end.
But every so often the league throws a curveball, like the one that came a year ago today when the hockey world was treated to two franchise-altering trades in the same half hour.
The deals had it all. They were player-for-player swaps. They included top-calibre NHLers. And, most notably to this space, they were as divisive as any trades in recent memory.