Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 11/18/06 at 09:58 PM ET
Forward Jason Williams will be in the lineup tonight when the Red Wings play the Oilers.
“I’ve felt pretty good the last 4-5 days and each day I feel better,” he said Saturday after the morning skate. “To get in tonight, just to get back into a game situation, will feel good. I just want to try to help this team get back on a streak again. I’m just sort of anxious to get out there, give a hit, take a hit, see what happens.” Williams is likely to play on a line with Robert Lang and Henrik Zetterberg. Coach Mike Babcock said Josh Langfeld will be scratched.
And, from MLive:
The Wings sent forwards Darryl Bootland and Evan McGrath back to Grand Rapids. Actually, they never arrived out West. It was just a paper move to get the team close to the salary cap ceiling, enabling them to place Jiri Fischer on long-term injured reserve and get relief for his $1.44 million salary.
Babcock said Tomas Holmstrom and Niklas Kronwall, who’ve been practicing, should be ready to play the next game, Wednesday vs. Vancouver. They have groin injuries.
The Wings had to count Dominik Hasek’s salary and bonuses ($750K base, $1.1 million possible) against their cap figure, but they can defer his bonuses—as they did with Steve Yzerman’s $400,000, which they’re paying out this year. At this point, they can now use Fisch’s salary to acquire a player who is owed up to $2.54 million (FIsch’s $1.44 million salary and Hasek’s $1.1 million in bonuses) at the time he’s acquired. How much, exactly, the pro-rated salaries of the players they’ve called up detracts from that figure, however, isn’t clear.
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