Red Wings sign Patrick Eaves

How bout them apples?

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!

***UPDATE #2***
The hell you say??! MacLeod has Eaves’ salary at $500,000. Great news.

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Wings sign Andy Delmore

***THE CHART has been updated***

Kevin Allen of USA Today is reporting via Twitter that the Red Wings have signed defenseman Andy Delmore.

Delmore – you may recall – was a free agent training camp invitee of the Red Wings a few years back, was signed to a contract, but was claimed on waivers by the Blue Jackets before playing a game for Detroit.

After playing 08-09 in Germany, it appears Delmore is heading back to North America. Since it’s clear he won’t be competing for a spot on the Red Wings blueline, this is likely a Griffins signing.

He has played with the Flyers, Predators, Sabres, and Blue Jackets in his seven NHL seasons.

Babcock’s Death Stare has a nice write-up on the signing.

Detroit Extends Jakub Kindl

Get used to seeing this

The Red Wings didn’t bother letting Jakub Kindl get to restricted free agency, signing the top blueline prospect to a 3-year, $2.65M extension.

At the NHL level – where Kindl WILL be playing by the 2010-2011 season – his new deal will earn him $750,000 the first year, $850,000 the second, and $1.05M the third. The cap hit for the duration is $883,333. He will remain a restricted free agent upon the contract’s expiration in 2013.

This is an early report, so I haven’t heard any other relevant details yet, but it’s safe to assume that these three years are One-Way, meaning that even if Kindl is demoted to Grand Rapids (unlikely), he’ll still be paid these figures.

This is very clearly a wise signing by the Wings. Many prospect outlets have Kindl listed as the top Wings prospect at any position, and we all know the Wings blueline-centric philosophy. Kindl has yet to get into a regular season game with the Wings (thanks to the surplus of defenseman the last few years), but has made a habit of being one of the final players cut from training camp.

Expect him to be the top call-up for the big squad in 2009-2010.

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Red Wings re-sign Oulahen and McGrath, and a note about McCreary

McGrath and Oulahen

The Red Wings announced that they have re-signed restricted free agents Ryan Oulahen and Evan McGrath to one-year two-way deals. There were no financial terms given, but it’s safe to assume they’re worth near-league minimum at the NHL level. For what it’s worth, Oulahen’s contract last season was worth $475,000 in the big leagues, and McGrath’s was worth $633,333.

As Kyle at Babcock’s Death Stare shares, both of these signings are probably for the Griffins – and both will be big-time AHL veterans. However, as Kyle mentions, it wouldn’t be absurd to think that one of them could fill that fourth line role we mentioned last week.
Randall Gelech (the last remaining RFA who isn’t named Jiri Hudler) was not qualified, became an unrestricted free agent, and is unlikely to be re-signed by Detroit. Expect him to become a depth signing in someone’s organization like Jeremy Williams and Kris Newbury were for the Red Wings earlier this month.
Gelech, Hudler, Chelios, Downey, and McCarty are the outstanding free agents, as of July 23rd.
With McGrath and Oulahen signing contracts, the Red Wings now have 43 players under contract, leaving 7 openings. Last year, after training camp, the Red Wings had 47 players counting against their 50-man roster limit.
The NHL announced that Bill McCreary and Greg Kimmerly will referee the NHL Premiere (that aren’t actually Premiere) games between the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues. McCreary’s presence at this game ensures that EVERYTHING IMAGINABLE will be done make sure the Pittsburgh Penguins win…. I mean….

Trade Analysis, Take 2

In a continuation of the earlier Trade Analysis feature, and in the interest of inciting further friendly jabbing between Malik and Discher, we look at Red Wings trades between 2001 and 2007. The earlier part of the decade saw the acquisitions of Matt Schneider, Bobby Lang, and Dominik Hasek – and the ever-so-sad departure of a one Mr. Jamie Rivers. Enjoy.

Trade Deadline ’06 // Pittsburgh trades CORY CROSS to Detroit for a 4th Round Pick in 2007.

When Cory Cross came to Motown, he was joining his third team of the 2005-06 season. He had played 34 games in Edmonton before being shipped off to Pittsburgh, who clearly didn’t see a value in him and shipped him to Detroit after six games. He got into 16 games with the Wings before being a healthy scratch for the spine-shivering opening series loss to the Oilers. He finished his up-and-down career in Germany.

That little fourth round pick became Alex Grant. Grant is a decent-sized defenseman, who just completed his fourth season of Major Junior – splitting time between the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs and Shawinigan Cataractes. Hockey’s Future says he improved drastically over the course the season – particularly in less tangible areas like discipline.

Even though Cross was used sparingly in Detroit, it was nice having a veteran defenseman at the ready. He had some very good seasons in Tampa, and I’m sure this move was more about solidifying blueline depth than it was above acquiring a game-changer. That said, if Alex Grant adds some muscle to his frame and becomes a useful everyday defenseman in the league, the trade could be considered a loss a few years down the road.

Trade Deadline ’06 // Detroit acquires a 7th Round Pick in 2006 from Phoenix for Jamie Rivers.

Jamie Rivers was very much a spare part in Detroit — much like Cory Cross became upon his arrival. He got into 15 games in 05-06, and was presumably traded to make room for what the Wings considered to be a better insurance policy in Cross.

The seventh round pick became Nick Oslund – a prospect Winger currently playing at St. Cloud State, and will be entering his junior year in 09-10. Drafting college kids is nice because – unlike players from junior – the drafting team retains the player’s rights until they graduate (or leave school). Oslund has two more years to impress the Wings to earn a contract. Any seventh round pick who makes the League should be considered a victory for all involved.

February ’04 // Washington trades ROBERT LANG to Detroit for Tomas Fleischmann, a 1st Round Pick in 2004, and a 4th Round Pick in 2006.

Robert Lang became the first player to be traded while leading the League in scoring. Could this finally be the illusive “top-six winger” the Red Wings had been searching for?

Short answer: no, not really. While he never had a bad season in red and white, he earned himself a nice little catchphrase at LetsGoWings, when fans began to notice he didn’t really seem to making much of an effort at times. It was no secret he was in Coach Babcock’s doghouse, and amid rumors of their head-butting, Lang jumped ship for the Hawks when his contract expired in ’07.

For the first time on our little trade retrospectives, I can say that this one kinda hurts… and George James Malik from Snapshots agrees.

Fleischmann is kinda sorta fitting in with the Capitals – I think everyone might agree that his progress has been a little slower than Washington had hoped, but he’s perfectly capable of playing in the League and has the potential to fill a top-six role one day.

That first round draft pick? Became none other than ’09 Norris-trophy candidate and faux-hawk-rocker Mike Green. Ouch (the Norris nod, not the noggin). Obviously, there’s no way of knowing that the Red Wings would have selected Mike Green (though, judging by their drafting practices the last two decades, it’s a fair bet to assume they would have taken a defenseman), but here’s a guy on 29 NHL teams’ wish lists.

Not that it matters, but to add some insult to injury, the fourth round pick became Luke Lynes – ironically a local boy from Rochester Hills. It appears as though Washington passed on signing him, and he hasn’t caught on anywhere else — unless you count the Amarillo Gorillas (and really, who wouldn’t?).

Trade Deadline ’03 // Los Angeles trades MATHIEU SCHNEIDER to Detroit for Maxim Kuznetsov, Sean Avery, a 1st Round Pick in 2003, and a 2nd Round Pick in 2004.

The Red Wings added to their stable of former captains when they acquired the Kings’ power play quarterback in Mathieu Schneider. Is it me or the Wings dealing with the Kings a lot?

On the way to the left coast were Maxim Kuznetsov (cue sad trombone sound), pest Sean Avery, and a pair of draft picks, one of which became U of M product Jeff Tambellini – now with the New York Islanders/Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The other gets a little foggy.

We know for sure that the pick was traded to Boston – and the Bruins made two picks back-to-back at 63 and 64. Malik at Snapshots says that they used the pick on David Krejci, but I think that later pick is the one that belonged to the Red Wings, meaning the Bruins took Martin Karsums.

Krejci has definitely come into his own in Boston, and last month signed a 3-year extension coming in at just under $4M/year. Karsums, on the other hand, was shipped out of Boston at the deadline (in the Mark Recchi deal) and is looking to play a full season in Tampa next year.

Ridding themselves of Sean Avery was a smart move before he became Mr. Distraction. And, although he has blossomed into a very nice hockey player, there’s no Vogue office in Detroit…Did Holland & Co. know that Avery would become a royal pain in the ass? I don’t know, but methinks they had an inkling.

Parting with Max Kuznetsov and his two career NHL goals (both with the Wings, by the way) was no big loss, despite being the Red Wings first round pick in ’95.

Even if that second pick became Karsums, the price for Schneider was quite steep, and it’s fair to assume that the Kings made out like bandits on this deal – particularly if they had planned on moving on from Schneider in an effort to promote youth. But, at the same time, the Wings got a lot out of Schneider during his stay – at points, he looked somewhat like a #1B defenseman, which is no small feat considering #1A is some guy named Nicklas Lidstrom.

November ’02 // Buffalo trades JASON WOOLLEY to Detroit for future considerations.

I can’t find what the “future considerations” were, so I’m going to go ahead and call this a win. Former Michigan State Spartan/Canadian Olympian Jason Woolley was actually re-signed the following year (in a move preceded by Brett Lebda’s demotion to Grand Rapids) and again after the lockout.

Trade Deadline ’02 // Atlanta trades JIRI SLEGR to Detroit for Yuri Butsayev and a 3rd Round Pick in 2002.

Jiri Slegr got into a single playoff game with the Wings, and – wouldn’t ya know it! – it was a Stanley Cup Final game earning himself the right to have his name chiseled on the grail.

The Wings parted with Butsayev, who had only gotten into three games that season with the Wings, and a third round pick – which was later traded to Columbus and became Jeff Genovy. Like Luke Lynes above, Genovy was a Michigan guy, from Kalamazoo. Genovy played in Clarkson and has been relegated to the CHL, seemingly with no interest from NHL clubs.

Evoking some of Discher’s article about winning a championship with your acquisition, I have to assume that the Wings won this deal because Slegr’s name is on the Cup and Yuri Butsayev played one game shy of 100 in the NHL while Genovy looks like his NHL dreams are coming to a close.

Summer ’01 // Buffalo trades DOMINIK HASEK to Detroit for Vyacheslav Kozlov, a 1st Round Pick in 2002, and Future Considerations

In an effort to shed some salary — and to grant Dom’s wish to move on to a more competitive team — the Sabres decided it was time to move their All-World goaltender. Twice the Hart Trophy winner as the League’s MVP, and six-times the winner of the Vezina as the League’s top goaltender, Dominik Hasek had earned himself praise from some guy named Wayne Gretzky, who called the slinky netminder “the best player in the game.

Hasek was arguably the elite goaltender that the Red Wing simply hadn’t had since Sawchuk, and even though his quote-unquote best days were likely behind him, he had quite a bit left in the tank and a lot of motivation for a Stanley Cup championship to go with his Olympic gold medal.

Dom’s time in Motown was tumultuous, after he won the Cup in ’02, he retired, un-retired (throwing the goaltending situation into complete chaos), fled to Ottawa, returned to Detroit, and eventually lost the starting job two games into the playoffs. In 2008, he watched from the bench as his teammates won a Stanley Cup – the second of his illustrious career – without him in the crease. He retired for good after the celebration. Or did he?

Going the other way was Slava Kozlov – a two-time Cup winner in his own right and one of the more clutch post-season performers for the Wings in the years leading up to the trade, despitebeing pulverized by Scott Stevens in the 1995 Cup Final. Kozlov has continued to play at a high level – mostly with the Thrashers. But one must think that Kozlov was a casuality of a deal that simply had to be made.

The first round draft pick also ended up in Atlanta, who selected Michigan State Spartan Jim Slater (what’s with all the Michigan guys going in these picks?). With three full NHL seasons under his belt, it’s fair tos ay that while Slater is a decent hockey player, he’s certainly not adequate return for a game-changer like Hasek. This is a clear-cut Red Wings blockbuster.

Again, future considerations were included in this deal (like the Woolley deal), but to my knowledge no other compensation exchanged hands. I guess we owe the Sabres all kindsa goods, eh?

They can’t have Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Franzen, Lidstrom, or Kronwall… so sayeth Christy at Winging it in Motown.

Trade Analysis, Take 1

Since July is DRAGGING and there’s virtually no hockey news happening, I thought it might be fun to re-visit some of the trades of Red Wings past and open up some dialogue about who “won” the deal. Granted, many trades involve draft picks and prospects and its not fair to say a veteran gives you better value than a slowly developing youngster, it may not be impossible to sift through the details and see who ended up on the cleaner side of the stick.

The following describes the circumstances of trades the Red Wings have made since 2007. In the interest of not rambling on and on, I’ll cut these articles up into manageable segments — be it years or amount of trades.


Trade Deadline ’08 // Los Angeles trades BRAD STUART to Detroit for a 2nd Round Pick in 2008 and a 4th Round Pick in 2009.

The second round pick was later traded to Colorado (who drafted Peter Delmas), and the fourth round pick was later traded to Atlanta (who selected Ben Chiarot). For the record, Colorado acquired the draft pick in exchange for 23-year-old Brad Richardson; and Atlanta acquired the draft pick (among two others) in exchange for the 95th pick the 2009 draft, which was used to select goaltender J.F. Berube.

Brad Stuart has fit in nicely on the Wings blueline. Everyone from Ken Holland and Mike Babcock to Nick Lidstrom and Nik Kronwall have gushed about Stuart filling out the Top 4, and perfectly complimenting Kronwall. Nik Jr. may have inspired a motivational poster, but Brad Stuart is no slouch on the boomers, either. And let’s not forget that Brad Stuart was a top-ten draft pick…

Peter Delmas is one of SEVEN goaltenders in the Avalanche prospects pipeline. According to Hockey’s Future, he’s a mature goaltender with lots of confidence and poise, which are things that the Avs could really use high dosages of. He’s only 19, which means he’ll have to be returned to Junior unless he makes the Avalanche out of training camp (which is unlikely, despite their recent goaltending woes).

Ben Chiarot is a banger with “prototypical NHL size.” He’s got his own fight card at and Hockey’s Future projects him as a bottom pairing stay-at-home defenseman.

The jury will be out until we see what kind of players Delmas and Chiarot develop into, but at the moment, it’s fair to say that the Wings have the upper hand in this deal. Stuart was given a lot of credit for being a puzzle piece that may have put the Red Wings over the hump and into the championship photo, and that’s definitely worth a 2nd and a 4th. While it may be too early to declare Detroit the winner of this deal, it’s not too early to call Los Angeles the loser (essentially trading Brad Stuart, a 4th round pick, and a 7th round pick for Brad Richardson and JF Berube), but like we said above – time will tell.

Trade Deadline ’07 // Florida trades TODD BERTUZZI to Detroit for Shawn Matthias and a conditional draft pick.
At the time, Shawn Matthias projected as a “second-tier” prospect in the Red Wings organization. Since arriving in the Panthers organization, he’s made great strides and now finds himself on Hockey’s Future’s Top 50 prospects list. It wasn’t unreasonable for Florida to think they were acquiring a Future Bertuzzi in exchange for a current, declining Bertuzzi (minus, ya know, the attempted murder).

If I’m not mistaken, the draft pick was conditional on whether or not the Red Wings re-signed Bertuzzi. They did not, so no more compensation was given to Florida. Good.

Todd Bertuzzi was a relative bust in Detroit. Any romantic views of the 1999-2005 version of Todd Bertuzzi flew out the window and into the penalty box with one retarded penalty after another. While his offensive stats weren’t terrible, anyone who thought that he had any more 35-40 goal seasons in his future were mistaken. Even without the conditional draft pick exchanging hands, Florida won this deal.

Trade Deadline ’07 // Philadelphia trades KYLE CALDER to Detroit in a three-way deal that sent Jason Williams to Chicago.

The Kyle Calder acquisition was lost in the hysteria that was Bertuzzimania ’round these parts. But, ask any Red Wings fan in 2007 and they’ll tell you that getting rid of Jason Williams was addition by subtraction, and the fact that Calder scored about four seconds into his first shift as a Red Wing was icing on a delicious Williams-free cake.

Calder didn’t re-sign with the Wings, instead opting for a 2-year, $5.4M deal with the Kings. Perhaps the best part of this deal was that Detroit acquired an expiring contract in exchange for one that had another year left on it. If the Wings brass didn’t see a place for Jason Williams, this move was essentially making room for someone cheaper, and yet a better fit for the system in 07-08.

Breaking it down to simple math: Jason Williams was scoring 0.45 points per game in 06-07. Kyle Calder paced 0.74 in his 19 regular season games before becoming a borderline healthy scratch in the post-season.

While the trade may seem to be a wash, all signs point to Detroit winning the short-term deal and winning long-term by creating more roster and cap space.


12/15 — Addition — Doug Janik called up
12/14 — Addition — Kris Newbury called up
12/7 — Demotion — Jakub Kindl sent to Grand Rapids
12/2 — Addition — Jakub Kindl called up

11/26 — Demotion — Daniel Larsson sent to Grand Rapids
11/12 — Addition — Daniel Larsson called up
11/11 — Addition — Drew Miller claimed off of waivers
11/04 — Demotion — Doug Janik sent to Grand Rapids
11/03 — Addition — Doug Janik called up

10/10 — Addition — Justin Abdelkader called up
10/08 — Demotion — Justin Abdelkader sent to Grand Rapids

10/07 — Addition — Brad May signed for 1 year, $500k

09/18 — Addition — Willie Coetzee signed for 3 years.
09/18 — Addition — Tomas Tatar signed for 3 years.

08/18 — Addition — Todd Bertuzzi signed for 1 year, $1.5M
08/06 — Addition — Jason Williams signed for 1 year, $1.5M

08/04 — Addition — Patrick Eaves signed for 1 year, $500k
08/01 — Arbitration — Jiri Hudler awarded 2 years, $5.75M

07/23 — Extension — Jakub Kindl signed for 3 years, $2.65M
07/22 — Extension — Ryan Oulahen signed for 1 year, $500k
07/22 — Extension — Evan nfl football jerseys wholesale McGrath signed for 1 year, $500k
07/08 — Delete — Jiri Hudler (signed with Dynamo Moscow, 2 yrs, $10M)

07/08 — Addition — Doug Janik signed for 1 year, $500k
07/07 — Addition — Travis Ehrhardt signed for 3 years, $1.6M
07/06 — Addition — Jeremy Williams signed for 1 year, $500k
07/06 — Addition — Kris Newbury signed for 1 year, $500k
07/06 — Extension — Ville Leino signed for 2 years, $1.55M
07/05 — Arbitration — Jiri Hudler filed for salary arbitration
07/03 — Delete — Darren Haydar (signed with COL, 1 year, $525k)
07/03 — Delete — Mikael Samuelsson (signed with VNC, 3 years, $7.5M)
07/01 — Delete — Ty Conklin (signed New York Islanders jerseys with STL, 2 years, $2.6M)
07/01 — Delete — Tomas Kopecky (signed with CHI, 2 years, $2.4M)
07/01 — Delete — Marian Hossa (signed with CHI, 12 years, $62.8M)