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Updated at 1:35 w/ Devils news: Red Wings officially sign Nabokov, and now the wait begins

Per the Detroit Red Wings’ Twitter feed, the Red Wings have officially signed Evgeni Nabokov to a one-year deal at, per Capgeek.com, a pro-rated $570,000 salary (or $250,000 for the remainder of the season).  The Wings have to put him on waivers at 12 PM EST on Friday and he can be claimed until
Saturday at noon.  As previously noted, there’s a whole bunch of innuendo and absolutely no answers from Red Wings GM Ken Holland as to why he’s pursuing Nabokov…it’s safe to say that we’ll know why by Saturday, at which time it’s highly unlikely that Nabokov will be asking Drew Miller for his jersey number.

Update 10:36 PM: Per Fox Sports Detroit’s Mickey Redmond, Ken Holland popped into the booth as the buzzer went and said, yes, they have signed Nabokov, the deal was signed, paving the way possibly to bring him to Detroit but as Ken Daniels says he has to clear waivers first.  As far as Daniels is concerned, this has to do with insurance until Chris Osgood comes back—and because he might not be back at 100% when he returns mid-March—so the Wings have made an insurance signing and will see what happens.  Daniels also says that he can’t be sent to the AHL for a conditioning stint, nor can he be moved by the team that claims him, assuming that he is claimed.  Update again: Redmond also made a good point that the Wings can tempt a 3-headed goalie monster for about a month’s worth of regular season given that Nabokov hasn’t played in the NHL and is obviously motivated to prove that he’s still a capable goaltender—if he clears, anyway…

As I reported in my previous post, Sport-Express’s Igor Larin spoke to Nabkov’s Russian agent, Sergei Isakov, and then conveniently suggested that the Hurricanes and/or Senators would be the favorites for Nabokov in the waiver derby.

Update 10:55 PM: Herm Himself offers this, via TSN’s Bob McKenzie:

As @darrendreger reported much earlier today, Nabokov’s annual salary in DET is $570K.
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Nabokov’s agent Don Meehan sent a letter to all NHL teams prior to signing saying Nabokov wants to be able to compete as a starter.
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Nabokov has a No Move clause in his contract with DET. Cannot be put on waivers (after tomorrow, which is req’d) without his permission.

An interesting suggestion from Jeff Marek:

@TSNBobMcKenzie that must mean Osgood is done for the season.

My bottom-of-my-foot-long-goatee line: One way or another, speculation doesn’t do us much good until we find out whether Nabokov clears waivers.  I don’t expect him to do so.  If he does, then we can assume that Nabokov’s insurance and is going to allow Osgood to fully recover—and we can also start asking questions as to whether Osgood, who’s battled all sorts of groin injuries since the lockout, is tuckered out from the literal wear and tear and wants to retire, though it’s hard to believe that the Wings could re-sign Howard—and they will do just that—and afford to have Nabokov around next year as a similar sort of insurance policy.

If he doesn’t, we can ponder whether Holland’s greasing the wheels for a trade deadline move (the Wings could use a depth defenseman and/or forward as usual), whether he’s going to get a mid-round draft pick in return from the team that signs him as “future considerations,” or whether he’s just repaying a favor to the GM of the team that claims him.

Until then, even given the fact that Wings GM Ken Holland is going to make comments to the Detroit press that will follow these comments sooner than later?  We’re gonna have to wait till noon on Saturday to find out what this move really means, if it means anything at all.

Update 11:04 PM: Per McKenzie, again:

If claimed on waivers by another team, Nabokov cannot be traded or waived again without DET having first option to take him back.

Update 11:14 PM: Per McKenzie, one more time:

Just to clarify, Nabokov cannot be traded because he would have to go back to the wings on waivers. My point is he can’t go to 3rd party…without the Wings having the chance to take him back first. Did not word it correctly the first time. Sorry for confusion.

Update 11:20 PM: Pension Plan Puppets has a fantastic waiver primer if you’re as confused about the issue as I am.

Update 11:36 PM: Take this, from the CBC’s Tim Wharnsby, at face value (via Elliotte Friedman):

Look for Detroit to work out a deal with the Devils to claim Nabokov on waivers to avoid the St. Louis troubles with Svatos and Wellwood.

Well this little bit from The Sporting News’s Craig Custance is interesting…Will Nabokov be claimed?

“My guess is no,” one NHL general manager told Sporting News.

So what would that mean about Osgood’s recovery from hernia surgery?

“It all depends on how good a healer he is, how quickly he can get back and get ready,” Osgood’s agent, Roland Thompson, told Sporting News on Thursday evening. “Hernias are a tough thing, they can drag on for a long time, especially if you’re a goalie.”

Osgood was on a treadmill for 45 minutes the day after his operation, but the addition of Nabokov would ease any pressure on him to rush back into the lineup. In fact, it might help the Red Wings’ salary-cap situation if he stayed on long-term injured reserve.  Osgood, like Howard, is an unrestricted free agent after this season but is more likely to follow the Kirk Maltby path and join the team’s front office rather than play elsewhere if there isn’t room on the roster.

“He’s in Detroit’s long-term plans,” Thompson said. “But it’s too early to speculate. He still has a desire to compete.”

What about this whole, “Howard isn’t good enough” stuff?

“Their goaltending has been good, the times I’ve seen Howard play,” Chicago GM Stan Bowman told Sporting news. “I don’t think there’s an issue in goal in Detroit. They’re just looking for stability or insurance for injuries. They have a good goalie already.”

I don’t have any complaints about Howard…The Wings have given up more shots and have been quite sloppy in their own end, and yes, he’s got to improve his technique a wee little bit because he’s been picked apart by video scouting and there’s no surprise factor anymore, but he still wins games and is on track to win 30-40 consistently…

Update, midnight-ish: The Free Press’s George Sipple asked Wings coach Mike Babcock what he thought about the Nabokov signing, and maybe it was the quick flight back to Detroit (N682RW is still in St. Louis as of midnight) or the exhaustion of the last two months’ of crazy scheduling talking, but Babcock offered a sharp retort:

“My comment is, he’s not our player, so when he becomes our player, then I’ll talk about him,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said when asked about Nabokov following a 4-3 overtime win over the Blues tonight at the Scottrade Center. “Even though we’ve signed him – until he clears waivers and becomes a Red Wings, there’s no sense talking about him. St. Louis has been through it a couple times already. Why would we talk about a player that’s not ours?”

Wings general manager Ken Holland also declined to further comment on tonight. Don Meehan, Nabokov’s agent, did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Holland did agree, as he told MLive’s Ansar Khan:

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland declined comment, saying, “He’s nobody’s player until noon on Saturday.’‘

Kris Draper agrees with Khan’s insider’s suggestion that there’s no way in hell that Nabokov will dress in Detroit on Saturday…

“That was a bit of a surprise, but there’s still a long way in the whole process before that becomes a reality that he’s here,” Draper said. “I don’t think there’s too many teams who are going to be willing to help us out (by not claiming him).  You just have to look down the hall here (at the Blues) and see what happens with a team signing a player and him going through waivers. We’ll have to see what the process is.”

Draper also said that Osgood’s on that six-to-eight-week sports hernia surgery recovery schedule (TM)...

“He’s seen the way I responded and I basically had the same surgery (Oct. 21), same doctor (William Meyers),” Draper said. “He’s just going to go through the same protocol. I’ve seen him a couple of times since the surgery, he’s moving around, he’s walking.’‘

And even Howard got a bit testy when asked about Nabokov’s status as a starting netminder who might split starts with #35:

“I don’t need anybody to push me,’’ Howard said. “I push myself. I work hard in practice every single day and I just go out there and try to win games for the guys.’‘

Update 12:21 AM: More from Paul on the Devils angle:

@Ledger_NJDevils: Devils may claimn goalie Evgeni Nabokov and then put him on waivers so Red Wings can claim him and complete their acquisition.

Update 12:24 AM: Fanhouse’s Bruce Ciskie believes that the Blackhawks, Lightning, Sharks, Blue Jackets and Thrashers could all put claims in on Nabokov.

Update 1:36 AM: I’m a night owl, so I usually don’t have headaches at this hour, but this is just…too…confusing…Per the Newark Star-Ledger’s Rich Chere:

The Devils may claim goaltender Evgeni Nabokov on waivers and then put him back on waivers Friday so that he can sign with the Detroit Red Wings.

Nabokov started this season in the Kontinental Hockey League, so he must clear waivers to play in the NHL.

The Devils would be doing the Red Wings a favor by claiming Nabokov and then putting him back on waivers. The Red Wings have reportedly agreed to a one-year, $570,000 deal with the veteran goalie.

So this might not be done till Monday, because a player who’s placed back on waivers on a Saturday hangs out there for 48 hours…

Update 9:11 AM: Draper reiterated his comments to the Free Press’s George Sipple, who noted that Jimmy Howard’s at least keeping an open mind about the possible addition…

Asked about the Nabokov signing, Howard said: “That’s out of my hands. That’s up to management and what they think. If he can help us, he can help us.”

Asked whether he thought Nabokov, 35, was signed as insurance or to push him, Howard said: “I don’t need anyone to push me. I push myself. I work hard in practice every single day, and I just go out there and try to win games for the guys.”

As the narrative continues, my cobbled-together-in-the-middle-of-the-night theory as to what motivated Holland to sign Nabokov is as follows:

The best educated guess I can make is that Holland chose to talk contract turkey with Don Meehan when Howard suffered that stinger off his knee, probably fearing that Howard had broken his right patella.  When the Wings found out that Howard would be okay, Holland and Meehan simply chose to continue cobbling together a cap-friendlier contract, with the Red Wings crossing their fingers that Nabokov will clear waivers and add depth and Meehan canvassing the rest of the league with a, “My client wants a starting job” fax or email to let them know that Nabokov would sign with and then be waived by an NHL team.

In this scenario, Holland may or may not be doing another GM a favor in exchange for mid-round draft pick “considerations” down the line and/or some sort of trade wheel-greasing, but the overriding goal is to simply see the process through for Meehan, Nabokov and the sake of the Wings’ team depth.

Update 9:15 AM: The Windsor Star’s Dave Waddell adds this from Holland:

Holland said the move to sign Nabokov wasn’t prompted by some setback for Osgood, who will be a free agent at the end of the season.

“Everything I’ve been told he’s right on schedule,” Holland said. “The surgery went well. He is rehabbing. All indications are everything went well.  March (return), that’s the hope.  Can’t read the future. Barring any setbacks he’s six to eight weeks.”
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“Whatever helps the team, helps the team,” Howard said of the sudden developments.  “But I think for the most part everyone in here is planning on having (Osgood) back whenever he’s due.”

Update 1:35 PM per Tom Gulitti:

Lamoriello said Devils will not put in waiver claim for Nabokov.

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Osrt's avatar

thought he couldn’t be traded ?

Posted by Trish

You’re right but it might be an inside favor.

Or, Gramps is right and we’ll see him after the All-Star break.

Posted by Osrt on 01/21/11 at 02:16 AM ET

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Posted by Evilpens on 01/20/11 at 11:14 PM ET

Inside joke. People usually have those with their friends. When they have friends.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 01/21/11 at 02:16 AM ET

calquake's avatar

What do horses have to do with Nabokov?? 
Posted by Evilpens on 01/20/11 at 11:14 PM ET

Some say he’s really a gelding. cheese

Posted by calquake on 01/21/11 at 02:17 AM ET

SYF's avatar

It appears that the Wings are wording his contract with the NMC to give as much power and authority in Nabby’s hands so he can eventually end up with the Wings.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/21/11 at 02:18 AM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

thought he couldn’t be traded ?
Posted by Trish

Players can waive their no trade, or no movement clauses..
Not only that,,,
They can specify which teams they will waive the clause for.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 01/21/11 at 02:22 AM ET

Trish's avatar

It appears that the Wings are wording his contract with the NMC to give as much power and authority in Nabby’s hands so he can eventually end up with the Wings.
Posted by SYF

the reason we are brilliant preverts who put their trust in Tick Tock . . . .

Posted by Trish from PalmBeachCntyFL on 01/21/11 at 02:22 AM ET

Trish's avatar

thx for the clarification guys cool smile

Posted by Trish from PalmBeachCntyFL on 01/21/11 at 02:23 AM ET

Osrt's avatar

Posted by HockeyTownTodd

Not in this case Gramps. I think the league rules prevent trade or movement. That’s why the letter from his agent letting everyone know what the conditions are for him showing up.

Posted by Osrt on 01/21/11 at 02:26 AM ET

calquake's avatar

the reason we are brilliant preverts who put their trust in Tick Tock . . . .
Posted by Trish from PalmBeachCntyFL on 01/20/11 at 11:22 PM ET

I think that’s what I’m going to name my next band… “The Brilliant Perverts”. cheese

Posted by calquake on 01/21/11 at 02:29 AM ET

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He can’t be traded or waived against his will because of the No movement clause…
He also can’t be traded WITH his will without clearing waivers…

According to Mckenzie’s Twitter though, if any other team picks him up and then waives him, Detroit gets first priority on that waiver pick.

I can see his no movement clause being worded so that he can choose to not report to a team, and if he is suspended, he has to be sent down to the minors, which would result in him going to waivers, which would result in him coming back to the Wings…

Or something like that… I dunno

Posted by RayzorFlash on 01/21/11 at 02:31 AM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

I think the caps or sharks will put in a claim, so he won’t ever make it Motown. However, what a great story it would make if nabakov were to make it through and he were to replace an injured/struggling Howard in the playoffs like Ozzie did with Hasek? Ladies and gentleman your 2011 Conn Smyth winner….....  Signed for $250,000!!!  Oh but to dream.

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/21/11 at 02:31 AM ET

SYF's avatar

From the added PPP link provided by George (BTW, I bookmarked that page; it’s awesome):

Players are also subject to waivers if the team wishes to bring someone up from their AHL affiliate to the NHL roster. These are referred to as re-entry waivers. (Makes sense; given the player re-enters the NHL) The mechancis of the re-entry system work the same as those of waivers, with one difference. the team who claims the player is only responsible for half of the player’s salary and cap hit for the duration of the contract, and the team who waived the player picks up the other half. (Most of us became familiar with this rule when Sean Avery was claimed by the Rangers from Dallas).

Re-call waivers also cover the rare instance when a player joins a club during the NHL season from a club in Europe. Before being eligible the player must clear re-entry waivers.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/21/11 at 02:36 AM ET

Trish's avatar

I just know he wants to play for us - another Russian defecting to the Wings (Fedorov was my favorite) such a romantical story //sigh//

Posted by Trish from PalmBeachCntyFL on 01/21/11 at 02:36 AM ET

calquake's avatar

I just know he wants to play for us - another Russian defecting to the Wings (Fedorov was my favorite) such a romantical story //sigh//
Posted by Trish from PalmBeachCntyFL on 01/20/11 at 11:36 PM ET

Trish, do you like books about guys with gleaming pectorals and long, wavy hair that blows in the wind?  Just asking…  grin

Posted by calquake on 01/21/11 at 02:45 AM ET

Denver Wings's avatar

GM who guesses Nabokov will clear waivers = Brian Burke

Posted by Denver Wings on 01/21/11 at 02:49 AM ET

Trish's avatar

Trish, do you like books about guys with gleaming pectorals and long, wavy hair that blows in the wind?  Just asking…

Yo Bubba(!)

Posted by Trish from PalmBeachCntyFL on 01/21/11 at 02:51 AM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

from the PPP waiver rundown:

Compensation

A team who makes a successful claim for a player on waivers must compensate the team giving up the player for purchasing the player’s contract. The prices are set out in Article 13.16 (a) of the CBA, and are based on years of service and position. Basically they range from $3,375 US (any player with more than 9 years experience) to $90,000 (a goaltender with 2 years experience).

This may keep a GM from making a claim ‘just because I can’.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 01/21/11 at 03:26 AM ET

John W.'s avatar

Re-call waivers also cover the rare instance when a player joins a club during the NHL season from a club in Europe. Before being eligible the player must clear re-entry waivers.

Posted by SYF from Las Vegas, NV on 01/20/11 at 11:36 PM ET

No, it’s not the same thing, if someone else claims Nabby, they will be responsible for his entire salary/cap hit, not half like with re-entry waivers.

If Chicago claims him and they send Turco to the AHL the NHLPA should go ape shit.  They can’t keep letting teams bury veteran players in the minors/other leagues just because they can’t manage their own salary caps.  Having forced Huet to a Swiss league and then forcing Turco to the AHL should not be allowed to happen.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 01/21/11 at 04:00 AM ET

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This may keep a GM from making a claim ‘just because I can’.

I doubt 90 grand is a sufficient deterrent. It ups the total Nabokov-related payout from around $250,000 to around $340,000.

If anything, waiver compensation seems like a formal way of saying, “Hey, sorry about that—I know you sunk some time into this and paid some lawyers to to put this deal together, so here’s some cash for your trouble. That oughtta cover it.”

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 01/21/11 at 04:04 AM ET

SYF's avatar

I getcha, John W.  That part is directly from the PPP link provided by George in his post above.  Re-call IS different than re-entry as far as compensations go.  That may be a failing of that article from PPP.  Trust me, I’m a bit lost on the technicalities.

It’s 10:18 pm/pt and our boys have arrived safely on the ground at Detroit Metro.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/21/11 at 04:21 AM ET

stayouttamalibu's avatar

Update 12:21 AM: More from Paul on the Devils angle:

@Ledger_NJDevils: Devils may claimn goalie Evgeni Nabokov and then put him on waivers so Red Wings can claim him and complete their acquisition.

Why would the Devils do this? What’s in it for them?

Posted by stayouttamalibu from California on 01/21/11 at 04:30 AM ET

SYF's avatar

The Devils may claim goaltender Evgeni Nabokov on waivers and then put him back on waivers Friday so that he can sign with the Detroit Red Wings.

What benefit does this incur for the Devils?  Do they get a compensation from the Wings?

I can almost see Gary.Ass and his fragile band of schizo lawyers jumping all over this arrangement.  Almost.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/21/11 at 04:44 AM ET

rrasco's avatar

Well f-f-*#$%@& me.

Posted by rrasco from TEXAS on 01/21/11 at 05:56 AM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Can you put a player with a no movement clause on waivers?  Even then, since the wings are 3rd in the league, wouldn’t they have to wait for everyone else to pass on Nabby, again?  It would make more sense for a predetermined team to pick him up on waivers and then trade him to Detroit, even if only for a low draft pick or a career AHLer

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 01/21/11 at 06:22 AM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

If this works out for the Wings…I just hope there is no bad blood because of this grin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRDc38FQdZ0

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 01/21/11 at 08:31 AM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

This didn’t occur to me at first, aside from the injury call ups, none of the wings are on 2 way contracts and the wings started the season with a full roster.  Someone is going to have to stay on LTIR until the playoffs.  I hope this isn’t because of bad news regarding player recovery.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 01/21/11 at 08:43 AM ET

Rdwings28's avatar

I almost get the sense that tick-tock had this all set up with Lou in NJ before they had ANYONE sign ANYTHING. Only KH knows why he’s able to get a favor from the Devils, but he’s able.

Posted by Rdwings28 on 01/21/11 at 09:45 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

What about this whole, “Howard isn’t good enough” stuff?

 

All Red Wing goal tenders are plagued with that phrase hanging over their heads. In this case I tend to agree.

His record is good but his all around play leaves much to be desired. I have never been that high on Howie. That being said, I didn’t care much for Lenio either, and he is doing just fine in the East.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 01/21/11 at 10:22 AM ET

Primis's avatar

It;s hardly Howard’s fault Kronwall and Ericsson turn the puck over in their own zone 5 or 6 times a game and hang him out to dry…

Posted by Primis on 01/21/11 at 10:39 AM ET

cainer4wingsglory's avatar

I can’t see any other scenario going down besides NJ claiming him, then waiving him again, thus bringing him to the Motor City. Holland just wouldn’t risk a Western Conference rival grabbing him up.

Posted by cainer4wingsglory on 01/21/11 at 11:16 AM ET

moocat's avatar

However, what a great story it would make if nabakov were to make it through and he were to replace an injured/struggling Howard in the playoffs like Ozzie did with Hasek? Ladies and gentleman your 2011 Conn Smyth winner….....  Signed for $250,000!!!  Oh but to dream.

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/20/11 at 11:31 PM ET

That is not a great story. That would be a tragedy long term for the Wings because it means Howard is not the answer.

Posted by moocat on 01/21/11 at 11:20 AM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

just watch.  this is a smokescreen.

by Monday we’re all going to be laughing at how Kenny and the Brain Trust pulled the wool over our eyes with this Nabokov stuff while the real move he was making slipped under the radar.

that, or they truly realize that if they want to go all the way this year they can’t just ride out the injuries and wear out their #1 goalie.  and obviously MacDonald is NOT going to cut it even as a backup.

another thought - Jimmy seems to play better under pressure.  Osgood hurt, there’s NO pressure on him.  even with Osgood healthy there isn’t much, because Osgood hasn’t shown #1 goalie performance in a while.  so maybe Nabokov will pressure Howard and he’ll play better.

but I still think it’s really a smokescreen.  I guess we’ll see.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 01/21/11 at 11:25 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Update 12:21 AM: More from Paul on the Devils angle:

@Ledger_NJDevils: Devils may claimn goalie Evgeni Nabokov and then put him on waivers so Red Wings can claim him and complete their acquisition.

Why would the Devils do this? What’s in it for them?

Posted by stayouttamalibu from Temporarily in Tempe, AZ on 01/21/11 at 01:30 AM ET

Yesterday I was thinking Holland had a deal in the works with the Devil(s) involving Jimmy - - but maybe it involves one of the Wings goalie prospects.  The Devils need a goalie.

So maybe it goes like this.  Devils claim Nabby.  Devils waive Nabby.  Nabby to DET.  DET makes a trade with the Devils (the unstated part of the compensation having already been completed).

This presumably was all worked out prior to DET tendering the K to Nabby.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/21/11 at 11:48 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

How ironic, DET plays NJD in their last game before the ASG break (26 JAN).

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 01/21/11 at 12:01 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

I know it’s been said before, but I’d RUN from any poker table that Kenny was sitting at.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 01/21/11 at 12:08 PM ET

cainer4wingsglory's avatar

Detroit has goalie prospects, plural? McCollum seems to be the only high level goalie prospect the Wings have…

Posted by cainer4wingsglory on 01/21/11 at 12:08 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Anyone know how long NJ has to claim him off waivers before he is available to the next team?  How does that work?

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 01/21/11 at 12:19 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Why are so many people against this? It’s a nearly risk-free move. The organization currently has two of its top four goalies injured for significant periods of time. Joey MacDonald has shown he’s an AHL goalie. They need him back in GR so they have two decent AHL-level keepers, and Nabokov would give the Wings two NHL-level keepers, which is what you always want. Then Osgood comes back, and you figure the three-headed monster out then. But if the Wings are serious about contending, and they should be, I think this is a good move because if they ride Howie into the ground again, it’ll be second-round and done, again.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 01/21/11 at 12:23 PM ET

Stevis's avatar

Anyone know how long NJ has to claim him off waivers before he is available to the next team?  How does that work?

I believe it’s not “You want him?  No?  OK, next!” but “let us know if you want him by time X (noon on Sat. in this case), and then we’ll announce who filed the claim that has the highest priority.”

Posted by Stevis on 01/21/11 at 12:31 PM ET

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Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 01/21/11 at 09:23 AM ET

You and your logical reasoning. Hard to argue against in all honesty.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 01/21/11 at 12:48 PM ET

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