Update (10:05 PM): Seriously shutting up on this post after this last loop: Shoalts chimes in with this:
Just saw Nabokov’s agent Don Meehan. He said all the remains to be done on deal with Detroit is contract language. Then waivers, of course.
And follows up with the obvious (what assurance could he offer?). But interesting that it’s all but done. Next Nabokov-related news gets its own post. Promise.Â – Matt
Update (9:08 PM): Okay, I lied. One more thought. If Nabokov somehow does clear, his cap hit is such that the Wings would have just enough room even if fully healthy. That means no one would have to stay on LTIR or get dumped for cap reasons. But they’d be a man over the roster limit of 23 at that point, so someone would have to be the odd man out.
Given the likelihood that Osgood won’t be able to step right back in at the 8th week, I’d say he would be a possible option there, if Nabokov himself isn’t. And Modano, though he’s seeing progress, is next in line, given the nature of his injury. All speculation of course. And all dependent on the Wings winning the dice roll, if in fact they’re actually looking to get Nabokov and not setting him up for someone else.Â – Matt
Update (8:03): Final word for this post: Mickey Redmond said on FS D just now that the Wings are looking for insurance in net, with Osgood out long-term (as in the 6-8 weeks). He called it a longshot, given the waivers, but basically characterized it as a dice roll by the Wings. – Matt
Update (6:44 PM): More on the favor storyline in the comments in response to Andre’s question. – Matt
Update (6:18 PM): Khan all but confirms George’s favor storyline. He reports that the Wings are just talking about a deal for the remainder of the year, no NTC/NMC, nothing. Just a $570,000 cap hit, which all but guarantees he’ll be picked up off the waiver wire.
And if George is right, Holland will be on the phone to whatever GM makes the claim within minutes of it happening, saying something along the lines of, “Let’s talk at the Draft, or the trade deadline.” (4:30 PM update here) Seems like a lot for a mereÂ chance at a pick, but Ken Holland’s the best in the business because he doesn’t pass up on chances for improving the organization.
I’m dialing back the Osgood Career End Alarm that you didn’t know I had running today.Â – Matt
Update (5:19 PM): Current chatter on Twitter is building off George’s suggestion that it could be a favor to somebody, knowing that Nabokov’s likely to be picked up. @Lolabythebay’s wondering if it’s not a favor to Don Meehan, his agent, who also represents a few Red Wings. CouldÂ be. – Matt
Update (4:38 PM): Dreger’s got some prospective contract details:
Deal still isn’t done, but $570,000 for the rest of the year is what I’m told. Pro-rated to about $250,000.
Then opines in his next tweet that a rate like that would make it hard to believe he wouldn’t be taken off waivers. Yep. Unless Kenny’s got some other trick up his sleeve, it would seem so. Which makes this whole thing really weird. – Matt
Update (3:25 PM): Khan’s post-practice gameday post has more on Nabokov, including much usage of “surely.” But yeah, he’s probably right there. – Matt
Update (2:23 PM): Rounding out the Big Three of Detroit media, George Sipple has weighed in. He does have comments from Holland, and frames the Nabokov question with how it will effect Osgood. He also has a comment from Howard, whose use of “for the most part” is mildly interesting. – Matt
Update (2:19 PM): Earlier, I emailed Khan about this, and in his response, he speculates that the team may be unsure about Osgood’s effectiveness when he comes back from the surgery. Just speculation on his part, but interesting.
Also, Ted Kulfan chimes in with a popular alternate opinion (but, interestingly, no comment from Holland): that this is just a short-term effort to shore up the goaltending in case Jimmy goes down. In essence, the Wings have been shaken by the injury bug and want to be ready for all eventualities. Makes sense. I hope that’s all it is, though Nabokov seems like overkill in some ways.
And George’s take on the situation (welcome back, brother). – Matt
Update (1:50 PM): Khan finally chimes in, with confirmation of interest and contract talks from Holland. They also cover Osgood, and Holland claims he’s still on schedule to return. However, earlier in Khan’s report, Holland won’t discuss why the team is interested in Nabokov yet, and maintaining the story on Oz could be part of that. For what it’s worth, Holland doesn’t go so far as to call the talks close. – Matt
Update (1:45 PM): More from Trevor Thompson, with a quote from Babcock (essentially “no comment.”). But he’s on it. Meanwhile, the Detroit News regurgitated the TSN report, with their idea of added value apparently consisting of providing background on Nabokov.
Also, the official site has posted an NHL.com report on the rumored move. Nothing new in there, and not any kind of official confirmation from the team.
And good point from Tom Leyden. But what does he mean by Osgood’s return is uncertain? Interesting. – Matt
Update (1:15 PM): Last one for a bit: Custance confirms the reports that the Wings are in talks with Nabokov, and McKenzie calls them close. – Matt
Update (1:08 PM): John Shannon says the deal isn’t done, but is being discussed, specifically about how to prevent a waiver pickup. LeBrun and Dreger confirm.
What they could do to prevent a pickup is increase the price or the years. There isn’t a lot of space down the line for a bigger contract, but years are possible. – Matt
Update (12:54 PM): For what it’s worth, Trevor Thompson reported a few minutes ago that Jimmy is starting tonight. So, if his information isn’t outdated, it would appear Jimmy isn’t hurt any worse than we thought, which makes the Nabokov move one of two things: 1) the Wings recognize that they need to get MacDonald back to GR because the McCollum finger injury has the Griffins down to one goalie, 2) Osgood’s done, for the year at least. Or both. Or neither. We need more information.
But it makes a lot more sense cap-wise if it’s about Osgood. His being on LTIR through April would give the team the room they need without having to make any when everyone else is healthy.
Regardless, the odds of Nabokov being claimed by another team, if in fact he’s signed by the Wings and headed there, are pretty good. – Matt
Update (12:36 PM): McKenzie says not yet. – Matt
So says Renaud Lavoie of RDS. Stay tuned.