Posts tagged “Mattias Ritola”

Good luck, Mattias

Update (12:24 PM): Good point by @chollis:

At the end of the day, it nets out to a Drew Miller for Mattias Ritola trade. Personally, I like what the #redwings got out of it.

Same here. – Matt

Seemed like he might slip under the wire, but it was not to be: Steve Yzerman has made a move against the Wings in claiming Ritola, per @TSNBobMcKenzie. Not too surprising given the Lightning’s waiver rank and Yzerman’s knowledge of the guy, but still mildly disappointing, even for this Ritola non-supporter.

Now we wait on news regarding Maltby/Eaves/Draper (will Draper go on LTIR?).

Ritola Waived

Per @TSNBobMcKenzie’s tweet:

… DET puts Ritola on waivers.

After reading the stories this morning about how he saw this coming, I have to feel a little bad for the guy. I’ve never been wowed by him and I’ve never considered him a top-tier prospect or guy worth holding on to based on future potential versus what Miller brings to the table now, but he’s getting hit by the freight train of professional sports today. Sucks to be Mattias right now.

Now, will anyone claim him? We’ll know by noon tomorrow.

Today in Unlikely Scenarios: Willie Mitchell

Using CapGeek’s new-fangled Flash-based cap calculator (sorry, iPhone/iPad users), I came up with the following lineup/payroll:

CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR
FORWARDS

Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Tomas Holmstrom ($1.875m)
Todd Bertuzzi ($1.937m) / Valtteri Filppula ($3.000m) / Johan Franzen ($3.954m)
Jiri Hudler ($2.875m) / Mike Modano ($1.250m) / Daniel Cleary ($2.800m)
Patrick Eaves ($0.750m) / Justin Abdelkader ($0.750m) / Darren Helm ($0.750m)
Drew Miller ($0.650m) / Kris Draper ($1.583m)
DEFENSEMEN

Nicklas Lidstrom ($6.200m) / Brian Rafalski ($6.000m)
Brad Stuart ($3.750m) / Niklas Kronwall ($3.000m)
Jonathan Ericsson ($0.900m) / Willie Mitchell ($1.500m)
Jakub Kindl ($0.883m)

GOALTENDERS

Jimmy Howard ($0.716m) / Chris Osgood ($1.416m)
CARRY-OVER BONUS PENALTY: $50,000
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter) (these totals are compiled using the bonus cushion)

SALARY CAP: $59,400,000; CAP PAYROLL: $59,375,378; BONUSES: $0

CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $24,622

In a Ritola and Meech-less roster reality, the Wings can squeeze Mitchell in if they convince him to take a $2 million paycut. Unless Willie’s thinking a year in Detroit would help his chances at big bucks next summer, however, I’m going to have to say that’s about as likely as Chicago having 23 men under NHL contract is.

Ship Draper to Tampa Bay and the number goes up. But there’s just no way that happens.

Chiming in on Modano

I’d kept quiet for the most part on this topic because I thought it was too unlikely to warrant a post, but now that the Wings actually seem to be seriously considering signing a 40-year-old at the possible expense of both a player they’ve poured years of development into and a promising young waiver pick-up, I have to say something.

And I can’t believe it. I get the idea of going after the best free agents you can in a given summer and I get that Modano is probably the best available, affordable guy. But they’ll get what? A year or two out of him? And, if they shed Mattias Ritola and Drew Miller, they’ll have lost two guys who could have helped the team for a decade plus. All things considered, that doesn’t seem like a smart decision.

In my few comments on the Modano-to-Wings discussions, I’ve said the Wings need to think about winning today and tomorrow. That’s what they do. By even entertaining the idea of bringing in Modano, they’re failing to do that. This is surprisingly short-sighted of them.

I’ve got nothing against the guy at all. How could I? He’s a great player and an American hockey legend and the most important ever member of the Dallas Stars. It’s a sign of the lack of quality of that organization that he doesn’t have a contract there. But the Wings have their own trajectory and it shouldn’t involve Modano.

12/29 Lilja Update

It’s an off day for the Wings, so that means another non-news workday piece from the media. This time it’s on Lilja, who’s still experiencing headaches 10 months on. It’s a good read, if you’re looking to become depressed.

Also, the team got the day off, so it’s doubtful we’ll get an answer to the question coming out of the last paragraph here until tomorrow. I say give Leino a shot at resurrecting chemistry with Filppula, but remind him Ritola’s just a phone call and a two-hour drive away.

Leino Out, Ritola In

Update (3:33 PM): Thought I should clarify what I meant by the horribly-worded “Even with Filppula back, he’s a non-factor.”

Way back at the start of the season, Leino and Filppula had some great chemistry, as you might remember. I assume Babcock remembers that as well. So, to me it’s telling that he’s sitting Leino despite Filppula’s return. You’d think he’d at least give Ville another game to try to regain the magic with Fil, but he’s not.

It doesn’t mean Leino will sit Thursday night as well, but it does tell me he’s majorly deep in Babcock’s doghouse.

If Leino is still the guy who was basically saying “I’d better in the NHL next year or else,” I wonder if he has the mental fortitude to find his way back out into the yard. – Matt

You have to wonder where Ville Leino’s NHL career is headed when he’s being replaced in a depleted, starved-for-offense Red Wings lineup by a minor league call-up. The fact that it’s come to this is a pretty clear indicator that maybe he doesn’t have what it takes. Even with Filppula back, he’s a non-factor.

Is he going to take this as a challenge and actually be better or is he going Axelsson his way back to Finland (either after being sent down to Grand Rapids or after a couple of weeks of sitting)?

Filppula Participates in Drills

Update (1:18 PM): MacLeod’s update to the below linked post: No Fil tomorrow (as expected) but Saturday’s likely, if cleared. Also, the lines probably won’t remain as listed since Ritola hasn’t played center in years. – Matt

Bruce MacLeod reports that Valtteri Filppula participated in drills with the fourth line this morning. He skated and took part in some drills last week, but it sounds like he was more seriously involved this time. That’s a good sign that he’s on schedule for a return next week.

By the way, Ritola rotated in on the fourth line. It seems he’ll be the center of that unit tomorrow night. A lot of pressure for the guy coming in for a look to play a different position.