Update (3:38 PM): I will say Lils could have taken the tact of signing a short deal in Detroit to shore up the case for himself, since the rest of the NHL doesn’t have the best sense of how durable he is post-concussion. But even there, I can’t blame him. These are not easy decisions. - Matt
â€œOf course, I regret it (not signing with Detroit). Now that we got here yesterday, got into my house — weâ€™ve been here five years, it feels like home. The kids like it here. I think I was looking for something else, I guess.â€™â€™
â€”Â Andreas Lilja, via Khan.
I was a big fan of the idea of bringing Lilja back, so it’s a little depressing to see where the guy is today.
It’s easy to blame him for not taking the Wings’ $1 million offer, but I don’t think it was the money. The guy wanted a bigger role, and believed he could hold one down. I can’t blame him for that. If it was the money, then, yeah, that’s annoying. But believing he has more to offer a team? Can’t hold that against him. But the Wings just couldn’t offer him more than fifth defenseman.
And now he’s nobody’s any number defenseman.