Posts tagged “Roster Moves”

The Big Deal

Update (1:04 PM): More on Owens via @byndblueshirts:

Owens is a scrappy, heart-&-soul winger who spent 2 yrs w/#WolfPack on AHL deal before earning NHL contract this summer. He’ll be missed.

- Matt

So, the Wings made a move afterall. And it’s a big one:

Via Gord Miller. Detroit sends Kris Newbury to the NYR for Jordan Owens.

Tweeted by Darren Dreger.

“Who,” you ask?

Chad Anguilm says:

He’s a “WolfPack” fan favorite. 19 Pts. in 50 games in the A… was someone bored?

Maybe.

Good luck in Hartford, Kris.

Now I have to create a post category for Owens…

Leino to Philadelphia

Update (12:10 PM): St. James is all over this: she now says Tollefsen will be put on waivers today with the aim of sending him to Grand Rapids if he clears. If he gets taken, the Wings may not be too disappointed. They got rid of Leino like they had to do. Tollefsen was basically a bonus.

Meanwhile, where’s the rest of the Detroit print media? So far, Bruce MacLeod’s the only other writer to chime in.  - Matt

Update (11:41 PM): Not sure if St. James is going off old news here, but if not, Franzen won’t be back today. - Matt

CBC’s Jeff Marek just tweeted that the Wings have traded Ville Leino to Philly for a fifth round pick in 2011 and defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen ($600,000). No word from the Detroit media just yet (of course).

Whoa. Not exactly a high price. Ville may have better luck in Philly, with Laviolette something of a player’s coach, if I’m not mistaken.

This could mean Franzen’s back today, but more likely, he’s still scheduled for Tuesday. It’ll be interesting to see the answer on that question, though.

As for Tollefsen, I’m surprised the Wings took anything other than picks in return for Leino. He’s only played in 18 games for the Flyers. He has to be headed to Grand Rapids.

Williams Returns

Update (4:30 PM): George’s got his take on the deal up.

As he suggests, another deal’s more likely than a non-Abdelkader call-up or Abdelkader remaining in Detroit, but it will probably be a while. The Wings can afford to give Lilja time to see if he can recover before being placed on the LTIR next month.  - Matt

Update (2:10 PM): Bruce MacLeod has a good post up on the cap situation with the Williams signing here. Looks like another forward isn’t out of the question, but if Lilja’s healthy, Abdelkader’s down.

Since a healthy Lilja’s not looking likely and since signing someone else for cheap enough may be tough, let’s hope Kenny’s flexible on the whole 13 forwards thing. - Matt

Update (1:29 PM): Scratch that Abdelkader bit below. I mistakenly counted McCarty as the 13th forward on NHLNumbers, but really it’s Abdelkader. Assuming Holland’s 22-man, 7-D ideal as related to MacLeod is what we’re dealing with.

So, as Garth says in the comments,

The question to me is, do you keep Abdelkader up and have him, Williams and Eaves rotating in and out of the lineup or do you look for another player with a contract in between Eaves’ and Williams’ numbers and have Abdelkader play 15-20 minutes a game, every day in GR?

Another player, please. Abdelkader shouldn’t be sitting in the luxury box at all this season. - Matt

Update (1:10 PM): George Sipple has Williams’ salary at $1.5 million, which is overpaying a bit, in my opinion.

Good news, though, is the team isn’t over the cap, if NHLNumbers is right. But Meech will still have to go (or Lilja will have to go on LTIR) if the Wings want 13 forwards, 7 defensemen and 2 goalies. - Matt

Update (12:52 PM): Bruce MacLeod tweets:

Williams signing likely has Wings over cap limit with 23-man roster. Holland said 22 is the ideal number with 7 defensemen.

So, trade coming, unless Lilja’s on the LTIR in Hollnd’s 22-man, 7-D scenario. See ya Meech.

Oh, and this signing obviously means Abdelkader’s in Grand Rapids, barring a Filpullian camp performance on his part and a sucky one on someone else’s. - Matt

Update (11:30 AM): So the team’s release on the signing is dated August 4th. If that’s not some kind of mistake, this news went two days before being picked up. For my part, it must have been some kind of self-defense blackout. - Matt

Jason Williams is back, reports Michael Zuidema. Thankfully, it’s just for one year. No word yet on how much the Wings will be paying him to turn the puck over at the blueline when he inevitably gets placed there on the power play by Babcock.

On paper, this is a nice acquisition because Williams can produce when he wants to. But it’s that last phrase, “when he wants to,” that makes me unhappy with it. Williams’ history in Detroit is not exactly sterling as he was the prime underachiever on the team for years.

The circumstances of his departure weren’t so hot either. It’s not exactly a highpoint in the career of a guy when he’s the player leaving a team like the Wings in a deal for Kyle Calder.

Williams is an underachieving gripe and I’m disappointed no Siberian KHL team took him off our hands. I’m wishing Holland hadn’t made him that offer. “In Kenny We Trust” doesn’t work for me on this one.

On the bright side, we have an early favorite for Team Goat, Wings fans! With Samuelsson gone, and Lilja on reprieve with a brain injury, Williams can now be our anger outlet on a team that doesn’t provide many other opportunities.

More on Eaves

I’m liking this deal more and more as the day goes on. Eaves comes at a price you can’t beat with all the reason in the world to prove himself to the greatest organization in sports. Time will tell if he can find a spot with the team in the same way his obvious parallel Dan Cleary did, but there’s certainly little reason to be down about this one.

As we’ve seen before, players sometimes get down on their luck and just need another shot from a team with the kind of supporting cast that can provide that shot, and if that’s what Eaves needs, he’s come to the right place. I won’t go into the season expecting big things out of him, but I do expect him not to be a bust. If my years as a Wings fan have taught me anything, it’s to generally trust Holland’s judgment.

Of course, part of my positive attitude on can be attributed to a basic feeling of relief that the Wings were finally able to make a move. At the peak of his potential (setting the bar at his rookie year), Eaves won’t solve the Wings’ potential problems this season on his own. But his willingness to take the league minimum opens the door for another signing that could further allay those concerns.

Space another signing out later in the month, and August won’t seem so interminable.

A couple more links: George (who called it last month, too) has more on Eaves here, and the guys at The Triple Deke chime in here.

Wings sign Eaves

Update (4:45 PM): Bruce MacLeod has scooped George Sipple (who got stonewalled by Nill*): $500,000 for the year. It’ll be quite the steal if Eaves can come close to Cleary’s performance his first year here.

More from MacLeod here. - Matt

Update (4:20 PM): Kyle’s got more on Eaves here. - Matt

Finally, some positive news: Patrick Eaves for one year.

First impression is that this is a solid signing of a guy who, as Kyle put it, is a “great reclamation project.” (Kyle–of Babcock’s Death Starecalled this last month) He’s been underwhelming since his rookie year, but with the right mix of linemates, he could contribute offensively while bringing an edge to the bottom six.

Mirtle has the press release from the team here. Eaves’ Wikipedia page is here.

More tonight after work.

*”The team said today it would not disclose additional terms of the deal.”

It’s Official: Franzen Signs for 11 Years

Update (2:21 PM): Ansar Khan provides a corrective to the Aftonbladet numbers: it’s a $3.9 million a season cap hit (so, $42.9 million total). He also reports that it has a no-trade clause for the first five or six years. - Matt

Update (2:15 PM): Gabriel in the comments at A2Y points to this Aftonbladet article, which claims the deal is for 370 million kroner, or about $44 million. That would translate to a $4 million a year cap hit. If that number isn’t correct, it is probably close, so it looks like there may be some room to try for Hossa after all. Say $6 million or so. - Matt

Here’s the confirmation I was looking for. The Free Press has it from the team: Johan Franzen has signed an 11-year contract. No word on the financial terms yet so we don’t know the cap number, but you can bet it’ll be weighted at the front, like Zetterberg’s contract, so that the number is low.

I admit to having mixed feelings about this. There’s no doubt that Johan is one of the best power forwards around today, but I still have doubts about his longevity. Even compared to Henrik Zetterberg and his back trouble, Franzen’s tendency toward injury seems high. That said, if he can find a way to stay healthy much like Nik Kronwall has, this deal could pay off big time.

Once we know the numbers on the deal, it’ll be easier to determine Marian Hossa’s likely status, though the definitive answer on that won’t come until the cap ceiling is announced after the playoffs.