May to be waived, Kronwall/Eaves to LTIR?

Update (12:30 PM): So, I checked the CBA and it says a player on LTIR has to be out for 24 days and 10 regular seaason games, which throws my little “don’t worry, he could be back after the real deadline” bit out the window. Everybody panic!

Except Ansar Khan reports Nik was on the ice today. So, maybe Eaves is the guy and maybe May’s not the only guy being moved. McKenzie may not have had the full picture. – Matt

Bob McKenzie reported on Twitter that May’s expected to be waived today. No surprise there. The surprising part of the tweet, though, was the news that the Wings are expected to put someone on the LTIR to clear up room to activate Lilja.

It’s easy to leap to the conclusion that it’s Nik Kronwall, but it’s possible Patrick Eaves will be having an extended recovery period. Thanks to John W. for reminding me of that.

Whoever it is will have to either sit out the remainder of the season or until another move is made at a later date. It’s possible Kenny couldn’t wrangle a deal in time before this pre-deadline deadline. It’s possible he could swing a deal by March 3, however, so even if it is Kronwall, it’s not reason to get overly concerned just yet. He might not be done for the season, just out long enough to legitimize LTIR status.

Obviously, a situation involving anyone going on the LTIR sucks all around, but I don’t think anyone would disagree losing Kronwall for any further period of time would be awful for this team. Losing  Eaves would also be bad, given his work ethic and commitment to sacrifice, but they can afford to do without him for a bit. They can’t do without Kronwall, at least not well.

For what it’s worth, last night there was a brief clip of Kronwall walking away from Fil and Franzen and he had no visible limp. I’m hoping George is right and that the team is just giving him the time he needs to get fully healthy for the Olympics.

On the other hand, May and Eaves aren’t enough to clear up the cap. So… I may just be grasping at straws here.

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  1. Garth says:

    If Kronwall were to go on LTIR, I would assume it's just so that they can activate Lilja and not be forced to make a move in haste. They can take their time (a little time anyhow) to be able to make a worthwhile deal rather than simply having to waive people…

  2. Garth says:

    Following up on Malik's article, I would love for them to dump Williams on someone. And if we trade him for a pick or waive him, we could afford to bring Abdelkader back up too…

  3. Brian says:

    Mr. Holland should make a deal to unload Osgood. Turco and/or Vokoun might become available with news on thier respective teams moving in a different direction. Howard would be a great backup, but he's not ready to be a starter just yet in a full time roll. I would also be a good idea if Kenny were to look at getting a better netminder to involve Williams in the trade. Just a thought!!!

  4. Garth says:

    "Howard would be a great backup, but he’s not ready to be a starter just yet in a full time roll."

    Watch a game please, and say that again with a straight face.

  5. Fahd says:

    I wouldn't mind if the Red Wings traded Jason Williams and his 1.5 million dollar salary off to a team in the East for a pick. At best we may manage to get a 4th rounder. However, I don't see the benefit of bringing Liljea back. Sure he brings a physical presence to the ice, but he's real loose with the puck, commits turnovers, lazy penalties and isn't tremendous contributor on offense. At this time, Detroit cannot afford to have someone on the ice who will turn the puck over as frequently as Liljea. I think Detroit really needs to work on the chemistry and start having at least one line that can contribute on a nightly basis. The Helm-Eaves and Draper line was really good. The play hard aggressive hockey and they revamp the Wings. However, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen, Holmstrom and Filpulla need to step it up majorly. If anything throw Franzen and Datsyuk together and Zetterberg and Holmstrom. At least you know that Datsyuk can execute the better pass and Franzen can finish. Zetterberg can set up Holmstrom, but if we threw the likes of Cleary or Miller, we would be able to at least get some more traffic in front of the net. This leads to Filpulla and Bertuzzi and if they are able to use Filpullas speed to penetrate the zone and have Bertuzzi set-up in front I think Detroit should be solid.

  6. eurotriplet says:

    The LTIR addition sounds like it'll be Malts undergoing shoulder surgery. As good as he is on the PK, it seems like he could do the most good by getting surgery now to clear room for Lils.

  7. Josh says:

    Fahd, incase you forgot, Lilja was having the best year of his career before the concusion. I was never a Lilja fan, but he was starting to be real responsible and contributing to the offense. If he can come back and continue to play like he was, he'll be a great 2nd or 3rd pairing guy.

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