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Keeping An Eye On Willie Mitchell

from Micahel Russo of Russo’s Rants,

I hear he’s gotten a clean bill of health and has begun taking physicals for a few teams. I think he’ll sign soon. The former Wild defenseman, I’m told, actually could sign a contract with performance bonuses because he spent 100 days on injured reserve last year—including the playoffs. The CBA doesn’t spell out whether the 100 days is only during the regular season, so it appears after inquiries from Mitchell and the player, the league will allow this type of contract. I bet it’ll be for a base of $1 or $1.5 million on a one-year deal plus bonuses.

He’s not coming to Minnesota. I think Washington and San Jose are definite possibilities. I also hear he met with Vancouver recently, although I don’t know how the Canucks can re-sign Mitchell since they’re over the cap.

read on for more Wild talk…

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The Sharks obviously need to get Mitchell in the fold.  And they have the money to give more—up to $2.5 million—than what Russo is guessing.  It’s worth taking a shot on Mitchell—moreso than trading someone like Clowe for Kaberle—even with the concussion concerns.

If anything, you sign him now and, if anything bad were to happen, place him on LTIR and then look at trading for another defenseman.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 08/05/10 at 03:57 PM ET

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The Canucks can afford him because Salo is going to be on LTIR for most if not all of the season.  So they can be $3.5M over the cap.  And the Canucks still have too many D-men excluding Salo and Mitchell, so they’ll either send some down or trade away one or more to make room for Mitchell if he re-signs.  The fact that Mitchell is still talking with the Canucks and has not signed elsewhere shows that there is serious interest in re-signing.

Posted by Kel on 08/05/10 at 05:31 PM ET

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The Wings can offer about fifty cents and a parade in June.

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 08/05/10 at 06:46 PM ET

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What Kind of parade ?? A so sorry you Lost Parade? LOL  tongue rolleye

Posted by Evilpens on 08/05/10 at 08:33 PM ET

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the Red Wings will have a news conference Friday afternoon to introduce hometown boy Mike Modano on a one-year deal. He gets $1.25 million base salary, and I hear very, very achievable bonuses.

Ouch. That’s the first I’ve heard any talk of “bonus money” for Modano. If that’s true, that makes his $1.25M salary much less palatable.

...so it appears after inquiries from Mitchell and the interested teams, the league will allow this type of contract. I bet it’ll be for a base of $1 or $1.5 million on a one-year deal plus bonuses.

Well, that type of salary plus bonuses puts the Wings back in the hunt. But a lot will depend on what the bonuses for Modano are. If they’re significant, the Wings won’t be able to handle adding similar bonuses to their 2011-2012 cap hit.

What Kind of parade ?? A so sorry you Lost Parade

It’s the kind of parade where the people in the crowd will be holding signs that are spelled correctly…not that you’d ever be able to tell the difference.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 08/05/10 at 09:15 PM ET

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Don’t performance bonuses tack onto the next season if they’re achieved? The Modano bonus(es?) should be irrelevant this year. Even assuming low salary+bonus, I’m still not sure that Mitchel is in the Wings price range. What they’d have to shed purely for roster reasons shed still doesn’t cover enough of that cap hit to still allow for injury call-ups.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 08/05/10 at 10:07 PM ET

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Don’t performance bonuses tack onto the next season if they’re achieved?

I think they’d count against this year’s cap but if they go over then they count against next year’s.

Isn’t that what happened with the Hawks this year?

Posted by Garth on 08/06/10 at 12:22 AM ET

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Don’t performance bonuses tack onto the next season if they’re achieved? The Modano bonus(es?) should be irrelevant this year..

Modano’s bonus (if there is one) is irrelevant this year. But if it’s a significant one, say in the range of $1M and it’s “very, very achievable” as Russo suggests, that money will count against next year’s cap. And that will make it just that much harder to sign guys like Howard.

Even assuming low salary+bonus, I’m still not sure that Mitchel is in the Wings price range.

If Modano didn’t have a bonus clause, Mitchell might be in the Wings’ price range. But if the Wings are already committed to a bonus for Modano, they’re probably not going to be able to take on a similar contract for Mitchell.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 08/06/10 at 01:36 AM ET

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Modano could be the death of this team

Posted by edillac from isolation on 08/06/10 at 04:56 AM ET

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The Red Wings have jumped the shark with this Modano signing. End of an era. Sorry.

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 08/06/10 at 05:12 AM ET

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The Red Wings have jumped the shark with this Modano signing. End of an era. Sorry.

there is no single point where the last era ended.  a major part of it was Yzerman retiring, but that wasn’t all of it.  the Wings have been masterful at transitioning slowly from one era to the next.  the last era was Yzerman, Shanahan, Fedorov, Draper, McCarty, etc.  that era included moves like signing Hull, Robitaille, and Hasek.  the current era is that of Dastyuk, Zetterberg, Cleary, etc. and it includes signings like Hossa and Modano.

other teams completely fall apart between eras.  the Wings transition smoothly.

Holland is a genius.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 08/06/10 at 12:06 PM ET

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The Red Wings have jumped the shark with this Modano signing. End of an era. Sorry.

Explain.  Oh, you can’t?  That’s what I thought.

I’m not even pro-Modano and I’m not going to argue that picking up a 3rd-line depth centre is a bad thing.  He might not put us over the top but he’s absolutely not the end of an era.

That’s just retarded.

Posted by Garth on 08/06/10 at 01:33 PM ET

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End of an era =

Lidstrom - retiring (very likely his last year)
Bertuzzie - Power Floater, committed one of the most heinous acts in hockey history
Modano - Princess
Yzerman - GM of Tampa Bay

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 08/06/10 at 04:40 PM ET

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What does this have to do with Willie Mitchell?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/06/10 at 05:11 PM ET

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