Quick Hits: Cleary Re-signs; Renney To Leave Wings?

Red Wings News

Detroit Red Wings sign forward Daniel Cleary to a one-year contract | MLive.com
First of all, no, I do not think that the Wings should have re-signed Cleary, I think this was a very bad decision. That said, it is not the end of the world. Sure, it derails Jurco's ascension into the team, yet, he is still young, and it is not like him missing 20-30 games is going to ruin his career trajectory. As for Mantha, I do not think there was any realistic chance of him making the roster out of the gate. My concern is what this move psychologically represents, rather than what it actually does. Re-signing an old, injury-prone player to a hefty contract which in essence prevents one of your top prospects from playing on your team is more two steps backward than it is one step forward.

Red Wings' odds of winning Stanley Cup remain the same despite lack of moves in free agency | MLive.com
The Wings have not gained anything this offseason, but, they really have not lost anything either. If they are relatively healthy next season, they will probably be a better team than they were last season.

Renney could be leaving Wings for position with Hockey Canada | Red Wings Front

Another Wings' assistant coach may be leaving town. Is this when Draper or another one of the Wings' former players finally get their shot at being an assistant coach?

NHL News

Who will be the next $10 million-a-year NHL players? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
P.K. Subban, Steven Stamkos, and John Tavares are at the moment locks for having $10 million cap hits. Also, assuming that the cap continues to rise, contracts worth eight-figures per season will not be too uncommon in the fairly near future.

AHL makes overtime, fighting rule changes: Will they soon come to the NHL? - SBNation.com
This is great news. The overtime change should be implemented in the NHL, and, probably will be in due course.

Report: David Moss tentatively signs with Swiss club | ProHockeyTalk
The former Coyotes' player Moss has signed a two-year deal with a Swiss club, but, he has a one-week out clause, which allows him to pursue a deal with an NHL club for another week.

Toews makes everyone around him better - Sportsnet.ca
Toews and Kane have set a precedent for the rest of the NHL. Their contracts are going to be the going rates for players of their calibre and importance.

Panthers sign D Gudbranson to two-year deal | TSN
Gudbransson was an RFA. He was drafted 3rd overall by the Panthers in the 2010 draft.

Sharks re-sign unrestricted free agent D Scott Hannan to 1-year deal - The Hockey News
Hannan scored 12 points with the Sharks in 56 games last season.

Ryan O'Reilly, Avalanche, done negotiating extension, headed for arbitration (Report) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

O'Rielly probably cannot wait until his commitment to the Avalanche is over. This raises an interesting question; should players be allowed to hit free agency earlier? Essentially, do away with restricted free agency all together. This would avoid complicated situations like this one. I do not really have an opinion on this matter, but, it's an interesting avenue to consider.

Blues re-sign Ott; Sobotka to KHL? | ProHockeyTalk
Sobotka is a very good defensive forward, but, it seems that he has chosen the KHL over going to arbitration with the Blues.

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