Yup, it’s August alright.
Accepting an invitation to be a free agent tryout is former draft pick Randy Cameron.
Cameron was the fifth round pick in 2007, but the Wings declined to extend him a contract offer at his signing deadline in June. He was allowed to re-enter the draft, but was not selected.
Making good on his promise was Jim Nill, who told Bruce MacLeod that he expected to invite Cameron – as well as another unsigned ’07 pick, Zack Torquato – to camp:
“You watch them over the two years, their game hasn’t improved to the point where we think they made enough progress,” said Nill. “I told them both to go out and prove us wrong.”
Both Torquato and Cameron will be invited back to Red Wings’ training camp if they’re not drafted later this month by another organization, according to Nill.
Torquato accepted an invitation to the Minnesota Wild training camp.
With the addition of Jason Williams, and confirmation from The Highlander regarding his salary for the upcoming season, we can start to piece together a roster and properly analyze the numbers.
It’s been said from the very beginning that the team prefers Justin Abdelkader spend another season in Grand Rapids, although he’s shown that he’s more than capable of playing in the NHL: the big minutes in a leadership role will go a long way when he’s finally a full-time NHLer.
That said, let’s get to the nitty gritty. All of the following figures are available via our Chart.
Chris Osgood (1,416,667)
Jimmy Howard (716,667)
TWO combine for a total cap hit of $2,133,333.
Nicklas Lidstrom (7,450,000)
Brian Rafalski (6,000,000)
Brad Stuart (3,750,000)
Niklas Kronwall (3,000,000)
Andreas Lilja (1,250,000)
Jonathan Ericsson (900,000)
Brett Lebda (650,000)
Derek Meech (483,333)
EIGHT combine for a total cap hit of $23,483,333.
Pavel Datsyuk (6,700,000)
Henrik Zetterberg (6,083,333)
Johan Franzen (3,954,545)
Valtteri Filppula (3,000,000)
Dan Cleary (2,800,000)
Tomas Holmstrom (2,250,000)
Kris Draper (1,583,333)
Jason Williams (1,500,000)
Kirk Maltby (883,333)
Ville Leino (777,325)
Darren Helm (599,444)
Patrick Eaves (500,000)
TWELVE combine for a total cap hit of $30,631,313.
Two goaltenders, eight defensemen, and twelve forwards come in at $56,247,980, leaving the team $552,020 under the cap.
ANALYSIS & SCENARIOS ::
Clearly, I didn’t include Justin Abdelkader’s salary in this mock-up. Base salary plus bonuses, he’s set to earn $850,000 in the NHL this season, and therefore won’t fit even if they were pining for him on the big club. However…
It is beginning to seem like a certainty that Andreas Lilja will not be ready for the season, and moving him to Long-Term Injured Reserve frees up another $1,250,000. This would give the Red Wings about $1.8M in wiggle room. A couple months ago, Ken Holland told anyone that’d listen that he planned on trading a defenseman after training camp, so that he didn’t carry 8 like last year. However, no one will be moved while Lilja’s injured. When (and if) he comes back, then either Lebda or Meech is likely to be traded to avoid scratching two defensemen every night.
In a perfect world, the team would like to have 13 forwards, 7 defensemen, and 2 goaltenders on the roster. Can Derek Meech act as the 13th forward – while being an injury replacement on the blueline? While he’s shown a willingness to play wherever he’s needed, Mike Babcock is obviously more inclined to play him at his natural position.
WHAT I SEE HAPPENING ::
The team opens the season with Lilja on IR, and another low-cost forward “makes” the team – think Evan McGrath, Ryan Oulahen, Kris Newbury, or Jeremy Williams – someone who the Wings would rather be sitting in the press box than Abdelkader.
Then, to alleviate the cap pressure when/if Lilja’s able to return, Brett Lebda is traded. I’ve touched on it before, but I feel like Lebda is more likely than Meech to be traded for a few reasons: he’s more “seasoned,” therefore will see a higher return, he has a slightly higher cap hit, and Meech has shown the willingness and versatility to play forward in a pinch.
Given my scenario, the Wings will start the season with about $1.3M in space. When Lilja’s back and Lebda’s traded, the Wings will have about $700,000.
With Lilja, Meech, Lebda, Abdelkader :: $297,980 OVER the cap.
With Lilja, Meech, Lebda :: $552,020 under the cap.
With Meech, Lebda, Abdelkader & Lilja on LTIR :: $952,020 under the cap.
With Meech, Lebda & Lilja on LTIR :: $1,802,020 under the cap.
The Red Wings announced this morning that they have signed former goat Jason Williams to a one-year deal, presumably to fill the hole left by Mikael Samuelsson as the punching bag for all of the teams’ woes.
More details to come, but I – for one – look forward to 10 months of second-guessing and blaming Jason Williams for every turnover, goal against, and loss.
Sorry, Rob. Sorry, everyone, as it were…
Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice is reporting this morning that former Red Wing Brendan Shanahan will be a member of the Devils again in 2009-10:
Brendan Shanahan will be back with the Devils in 2009-10.
The 40-year-old unrestricted free agent left wing has agreed to terms and will be ready to go for the start of training camp on Sept. 12, an NHL source said. The sides spent Tuesday finalizing the paperwork and the official announcement could come later today.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said last week that he wanted Shanahan, who had received interest from other teams, to be sure about returning to the Devils and the role he would be playing, but expected something to happen by the end of this week.
Shanahan will be returning for a 22nd NHL season. He is the league’s active leader with 656 regular season goals. He had six goals and eight assists in 34 regular season games in 2009-10 after signing with the Devils on Jan. 15. He added one goal and two assists in seven playoff contests.
Best of luck to Shanny.
Well. Here’s another reclamation project – think Danny Cleary. And yes, our good friend Kyle from BDS called this last month.
James Mirtle has Detroit’s press release here, which reads:
The Detroit Red Wings announced today that the club has signed free agent forward Patrick Eaves to a one-year contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Originally a first round pick (29th overall) of the Ottawa Senators in the 2003 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Eaves has played in 242 career games with the Senators and the Carolina Hurricanes. He scored 20 goals in just 58 games in 2005-06, his rookie season in the NHL. Eaves followed his impressive debut with career highs in assists (18) and points (32) in 2006-07.
Lots of upside for a former first rounder who potted 20 as a rookie. And while he has “fallen off,” he may come in pretty cheap considering his salary will be supplemented by his buyout cash from the Bruins.
He played collegiate hockey at Boston College, where he was a Hobey Baker finalist. In 2004, he was a member of the United States World Junior Champions.
No word on salary yet, but if it’s under – say – 900k, this is a steal.
Perhaps most importantly, does this mean that the offer to Jason Williams is off the table? Because that would be swell.
Bruce MacLeod (Red Wings Beat Writer 1B) says, via Twitter, that he hasn’t heard exact numbers yet, but it’s under a million. That’s a good start!
The hell you say??! MacLeod has Eaves’ salary at $500,000. Great news.
Valtteri Filppula and Ville Leino were officially invited to the Olympic camp for Team Finland, joining a plethora of other prospective Red Wing Olympians. The list of invitees is up to – by my count – 12:
Sweden :: Jonathan Ericsson, Tomas Holmstrom, Niklas Kronwall, Daniel Larsson, Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, [Andreas Lilja – but it’s probably not to be], [Johan Franzen, who wasn’t invited but will probably still be on the team]
Finland :: Valtteri Filppula, Ville Leino
United States :: Brian Rafalski
Canada :: Dan Cleary
Russia :: Pavel Datsyuk
Slovakia :: Tomas Tatar
Of the 20 players FOR SURE on the opening day roster, 11 have garnered invitations — with Griffins goaltender Daniel Larsson and 2009 Draft Pick Tomas Tatar joining them. This means that more than half of the Detroit Red Wings could potentially be playing at the Vancouver Games.
I wonder if Kris Draper, Darren Helm, Jimmy Howard, Brett Lebda, Kirk Maltby, Derek Meech, Chris Osgood, and Brad Stuart feel left out.
Oh, what a long, strange journey this has been.
Very early this morning, it was learned that Jiri Hudler’s agent and Ken Holland agreed to a 2-year, $5.75M contract, keeping Holland’s arbitration-avoiding streak alive and well – but not really.
A gentleman’s agreement had been made between Hudler’s agent and Ken Holland, but Hudler wanted to go to arbitration anyway, so as to not jeopardize his contract with Moscow.
In a Google-translated article from Blesk in the Czech Republic, Jiri says that his agent more or less pulled the trigger on a deal for LESS than was originally offered by the Wings – and that Holland wished him well in the KHL:
He waited, to confess. But this is my overseas agent Petr Svoboda agreed with the team. And to be exact, the two parties have agreed before arbitration, so he did not actually ask [for more money]. Ken Holland just sent me a text how it turned out. Wished me, whether I am in Moscow and a good season and I will return to the NHL, and wants to make it in Detroit.
Did anyone else see Everything is Illuminated? That reads like Alex wrote it — with the help of Sammy Davis Junior Junior The Seeing Eye Bitch.
Back to business: it appears that offers of 3, 4, and 5 years worth $3M per were turned down, to agree to a shorter-term and less money? Interesting tactic, Svoboda.
To clarify, Jiri Hudler IS still going to play with Dynamo of the KHL. If and when he returns to North America, he will be bound by the terms of this agreement – two years at a very reasonable $2.875M per (which is considerably less than almost anyone – myself included) thought he’d get if the parties went to traditional arbitration.
I’d also like to point out that our recent article regarding Sportsnet’s Epic Fail somehow became MORE Epic and Faily with this news. About half of the statements of that article are incorrect:
Jiri Hudler is staying in Detroit (FALSE) rather than heading to Russia (FALSE). The Czech forward (TRUE) was awarded (FALSE-ISH) a two-year deal (TRUE) worth over US$5 million (VAGUE, BUT TRUE) on Friday (FALSE)
I’m going to go ahead and guess that they got lucky declaring Hudler a Czech.
Well, this has been fun. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed researching this topic, but since there are only so many one- and two-digit numbers, the list has to come to an end sooner or later…
From this point on, there will only be a handful of players to have worn each number after 40. So, since it’s fair to assume that most of them would have fallen into the “notables” category, I’m just going to go ahead and list ’em all. Remember, these are players that played in regular season NHL games only.
First Wearer ::Eddie Mio, 1983
Most Recent Wearer :: Valtteri Filppula, 2006 (before the switch)
The Rest :: Brent Gilchrist, Ray Whitney
First Wearer :: Bernie Federko, 1989
Most Recent Wearer :: Mattias Ritola, 2008 (as a call-up)
The Rest :: Sean Avery, Donald MacLean
First Wearer :: Murray Eaves, 1989
Current Wearer :: Darren Helm
The Rest :: Bill McDougall, Ladislav Kohn, Matt Hussey
First Wearer :: Glenn Merkosky, 1989
Most Recent Wearer :: Aaron Downey, 2009
The Rest :: Gord Kruppke, Slava Fetisov (briefly), Anders Eriksson, Yan Golubovsky, Uwe Krupp (briefly), Mark Mowers, Todd Bertuzzi, Mark Hartigan
45 :: The Only :: Kyle Quincey, 2005-2008 (and then he became #4)
46 :: The Only :: Marc Potvin, 1990-1992
47 :: The Only :: Jim Cummins, 1991-1992
First Wearer :: Gary Shuchuk, 1990
Most Recent Wearer :: Chris Tancill, 1992
First Wearer :: Dmitri Mironov, one game in 1998
Current Wearer :: Valtteri Filppula
First Wearer :: Dave Lewis, 1986
Current Wearer :: Jonathan Ericsson
The Rest :: Ryan Barnes
First Wearer :: Tiger Williams, 1984
Current Wearer :: Niklas Kronwall
The Rest :: Keith Primeau, Larry Murphy, Dmitri Bykov
65 :: The Only :: Josh Langfeld, 2005
First Wearer :: Wendell Clark, 1999
Most Recent Wearer :: Jiri Slegr, 2002
77 :: The Only :: Paul Coffey, 1993-1996
81 :: The Only :: Marian Hossa, 2008-2009
82 :: The Only :: Tomas Kopecky, 2007-2009
85 :: The Only :: Petr Klima, 1985-1990 and 1998-1999
91 :: The Only :: Sergei Fedorov, 1990-2003
93 :: The Only :: Johan Franzen, 2006 – current
95 :: The Only :: Danny Markov, 2005-2006
96 :: The Only :: Tomas Holmstrom, 1998 – current
The following numbers have never been worn in a Red Wings uniform during a regular season game. Stake your claim now!
50 :: 53 :: 54 :: 56 :: 57 :: 58 :: 59
60 :: 61 :: 62 :: 63 :: 64 :: 66 :: 67 :: 68 :: 69
70 :: 72 :: 73 :: 74 :: 75 :: 76 :: 78 :: 79
80 :: 83 :: 84 :: 86 :: 87 :: 88 :: 89
90 :: 92 :: 94 :: 97 :: 98 :: 99 :: 00
Number 99 was retired league-wide after Wayne Gretzky’s retirement, and therefore will never be worn in Detroit. Number 00, only worn twice in NHL history (John Davidson and Martin Biron), is apparently no longer allowed.
First Wearer :: Andy Brown, 1971
Most Recent Wearer :: Joey MacDonald, 2007
Other Notables :: Ed Giacomin, Bob Sauve, Mark Laforest, Darren Eliot, Alain Chevrier, Peter Ing, Kevin Hodson, Ken Wregget, Curtis Joseph
The story of #31 :: Oy.
First Wearer :: Bruce Eakin, 1985
Most Recent Wearer :: Tomas Kopecky, 2006
Other Notables :: Sam St. Laurent, Tim Cheveldae, Stu Grimson, Maxim Kuznetsov, Steve Thomas
The story of #32 :: That’s all of them.
First Wearer :: Bob Manno, 1983
Current Wearer :: Kris Draper
Other Notables :: John Blum, Yves Racine
The story of #33 :: Is Draper’s number in retirement territory?
First Wearer :: Andre St. Laurent, 1983
Most Recent Wearer :: Manny Legace, 2006
Other Notables :: Jeff Sharples, Daniel Shank, Greg Millen, Anders Eriksson, Norm Maracle
The story of #34 :: Let’s hope the next 34 erases all the images of FAIL! we’re used to.
First Wearer :: Ken Holland, 1983
Current Wearer :: Jimmy Howard
Other Notables :: Warren Young, Allan Bester, Dave Gagnon, Bob Essensa, Marc Lamothe
The story of #35 :: Holland started a string of border-line NHL goaltenders in #35
First Wearer :: Steve Martinson, 1987
Most Recent Wearer :: Derek Meech, 2006
Other Notables :: Per Djoos, Dennis Vial, BJ Young
The story of #36 :: Seems to be a “placeholder” number for the Wings
First Wearer :: Kris King, 1987
Most Recent Wearer :: Mikael Samuelsson, 2009
Other Notables :: Vincent Riendeau, Tim Taylor, Marc Rodgers
The story of #37 :: Maybe the next 37 will be able to hit the net.
First Wearer :: Murray Eaves, 1987
Most Recent Wearer :: Nathan Robinson, 2004
Other Notables :: Bobby Dollas, Jason York, Jason Elliott
The story of #38 :: The number Thomas McCollum has been seen in…
First Wearer :: Dale Krentz, 1987
Most Recent Wearer :: Dominik Hasek, 2008
Other Notables :: Doug Crossman, Johan Franzen
The story of #39 :: Franzen’s until Hasek’s return.
First Wearer :: Rogie Vachon, 1978
Current Wearer :: Henrik Zetterberg
Other Notables :: Gord Kruppke, Bill Ranford
The story of #40 :: Henrik Zetterberg had to give up his “famous-in-Sweden” #20 because it was being worn by Luc Robitaille, so he doubled it.