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A Team Should Sign Jiri Hudler

from Travis Yost of TSN,

If I told you one of the league’s better 5-on-5 scorers was still available in unrestricted free agency, would you believe me?

Such is life right now for veteran winger Jiri Hudler, who seems to be feeling a bit of the salary cap squeeze as he pursues his next contract.

Hudler, now 32 years old, has undoubtedly seen his best hockey years come and go. But he is still a player who has produced at tremendous rates over the last few seasons. At even strength, we are talking about a guy who has sat top-20 league wide, sandwiched between the likes ofJoe Thornton, Rick Nash, Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone. That’s pretty great company, and for the record, pretty well-paid company.
    
Hudler is one of those players who fly under the radar as an offensive threat. He doesn’t have a booming shot or the sleekest brand of skating, and he isn’t the type to stickhandle his way out of a phone booth. I can understand why management groups might undervalue or underestimate what he can do for a team. 

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Still time, Kenny.

Posted by captaineclectic on 08/02/16 at 10:59 AM ET

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Quick!  Call Hannibal!  Or maybe Murdock!

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 08/02/16 at 11:06 AM ET

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Still time, Kenny.

that was my first thought, too

... not being overly concerned with his ‘potential’ nor if ‘he may be on the downside of his career’, bring him back as yet another vet who can ride off into the sunset wearing the Winged Wheel

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 08/02/16 at 11:53 AM ET

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Can someone remind me why we lost him in the first place?

Posted by Wise1 on 08/02/16 at 12:07 PM ET

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Can someone remind me why we lost him in the first place?

Posted by Wise1 on 08/02/16 at 01:07 PM ET

Kenny doesn’t like to trade his collection of humans so he let him walk as an UFA instead and the Wings got big fat zero because of it.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 08/02/16 at 01:38 PM ET

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Kenny doesn’t like to trade his collection of humans so he let him walk as an UFA instead and the Wings got big fat zero because of it.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 08/02/16 at 02:38 PM ET

“Cattle.” - Jimmy D.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/02/16 at 01:40 PM ET

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Considering how much the people in Calgary raved about his leadership with the young collection of Flames its surprising someone hasn’t reached out to him but perhaps Jiri’s salary demands are too high. It’s a two way street. Hudler probably has no qualms about going back to Europe if that is what it comes to.

Posted by evileye on 08/02/16 at 04:02 PM ET

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If I recall, he wanted 4+ million and there were other free agent priorities on the Wings. I can’t recall the specifics of the FA or RFA class that year. Jay Feaster went after him hard and paid more than market for him.

Posted by PDXWing on 08/02/16 at 05:00 PM ET

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If I recall, he wanted 4+ million and there were other free agent priorities on the Wings.

Ahh, the good old days when Kenny balked at paying $4M for a 50+ point player rather than tripping over himself to give that kind of money to a player who is half as productive.

Posted by Garth on 08/03/16 at 08:38 AM ET

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