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Wings Announce Signings of Pyett and Exelby, 1 year each

Detroit, MI—The Detroit Red Wings today announced that defensemen Logan Pyett and Garnet Exelby have both signed one-year contracts with the team.

As per club policy, no further details on either of these deals will be disclosed.

Pyett, 23, has spent the past three seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) where he has tallied 21G-45A-66P-91PIM in 215 games played. Originally selected by Detroit in the seventh round (212th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Pyett helped Team Canada win Gold at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships in the midst of a highly-successful major junior career during which he registered 273GP-49G-137A-186P-294PIM for his hometown Regina Pats. In his final season with the Pats (2007-08), the 5’10”, 200-lb. rearguard was named a Canadian Hockey League Second Team All-Star after leading Regina to a WHL East Division title while scoring 20 goals and dishing out 34 assists to finish with 54 points in addition to a +24 rating in 62 appearances. 

Exelby, 29, brings over 600 games worth of professional hockey experience to the Red Wings organization, having previously played for the Atlanta Thrashers (NHL) and Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) as well as the Chicago Wolves (AHL) and Rockford IceHogs (AHL). The 6’1”, 215-lb. blue-liner was selected by the Thrashers in the seventh round (217th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft and has gone on to register 7G-43A-50P-584PIM in 408 career NHL games. A native of Ste. Anne, Manitoba, Exelby spent the 2010-11 campaign with the IceHogs where he recorded 77GP-3G-10A-13P-128PIM to go along with a rating of +7.

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Hootinani's avatar

I know these are just depth signings, but I’m starting to get the feeling that the Wings have somehow switched managment with Toronto.  Overpaying underperforming defensemen, losing out on top UFAs, signing other team’s cast-offs; when did the Wings hire John Ferguson Jr. as GM?

Posted by Hootinani on 07/05/11 at 03:31 PM ET

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As per club policy, no further details on either of these deals will be disclosed.

How this “club policy” when we know further details on all their deals? 

I hate it when teams do this.

I’ve always liked Garnet Exelby.  I saw him play in the prospect tournament in Traverse City many, many years ago now.  He’ll be good down in Grand Rapids.

Posted by Ajax19 on 07/05/11 at 03:31 PM ET

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Posted by Hootinani on 07/05/11 at 02:31 PM ET

Huh?

These guys are farmhands.  They’ll never see the NHL roster unless the Wings’ defense is absolutely ravaged by injury.  In terms of free agency (post-cap era), the Wings have really only ever signed two “top UFAs”, Rafalski and Hossa, so I don’t really consider the Wings not signing Ehrhoff, Wisneiwski (neither of which made it to free agency) or Richards as a sign of the Wings management doing anything different than before.

The one questionable move Holland made was signing Ericsson at the money he did.  I think he still has a ways to go before he ventures into JFJ territory.

Posted by Ajax19 on 07/05/11 at 03:36 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Hasek, Hull, Robitaille, Cujo, Ciccarelli, Vernon (etc., etc.) weren’t top UFAs?

Posted by Hootinani on 07/05/11 at 04:07 PM ET

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Posted by Hootinani on 07/05/11 at 03:07 PM ET

Note the bolded text below:

“In terms of free agency (post-cap era), the Wings have really only ever signed two “top UFAs”...”

Different times, different rules…  Can’t really compare them when it comes to this sort of stuff.

Posted by Ajax19 on 07/05/11 at 04:09 PM ET

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Overpaying underperforming defensemen, losing out on top UFAs, signing other team’s cast-offs; when did the Wings hire John Ferguson Jr. as GM?

Which UFAs did they attempt to sign but lose out on?  Do you mean the potential back-ups goalies that they spoke to but were looking for larger roles?

And other team’s castoffs?  They’ve been doing that for years and turning them around into excellent role-players.  But you’re right, it’s a very new trend.  It started, if memory serves, with that Draper kid.  That was, like, 2 or 3 or 18 years ago, I can’t recall.

Posted by Garth on 07/05/11 at 04:12 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

You can compare them when the only reason the WIngs haven’t been active in the UFA market was a lack of cap space, which wasn’t an issue this off-season.

Holland’s had it pretty easy over the past decade, and has been out-GM’d this year by others that are used to having to scrape and claw to land useful players.

And while my first comment was more of a joke than a statement of true feeling, and by no means has he done the worst job in the league this off-season, he did have a few key tasks that he has so far failed at, as well as a major misstep in Ericsson’s contract, which is going to really hurt the team salary structure later on down the road, unless Big E completely reinvents himself and earns that money.

Anywho, barring a trade, which defintely could still happen, Holland hasn’t impressed me this time around.

Posted by Hootinani on 07/05/11 at 04:27 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Holland’s had it pretty easy over the past decade

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/05/11 at 04:35 PM ET

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You can compare them when the only reason the WIngs haven’t been active in the UFA market was a lack of cap space, which wasn’t an issue this off-season.

This is what a lot seem to be missing.  Yes, the Wings have a lot of cap space this year, but unless they were going to sign all the “top UFA’s” to one year deals (which they were never going to accept), you have to look at what the cap will look like next year (when Kronwall, Stuart, Filppula among many other Wings will be UFAs), the year after that, the year after that and so on.

It’s a totally new set of rules when playing with a salary cap.  Deals have future ramifications and interal salary structures matter.

What tasks has Holland failed at so far?

Replacing Rafalski and Sulei with Ian White and Mike Commodore?

Failing to sign a back-up goalie within the first 5 days of free agency?

Holland has pretty much stuck to the same game plan he has followed since the cap was in place.  It’s not his fault that some teams (Florida) had to spend like crazy to get to the cap floor or others (Buffalo) spent like crazy becuase of new ownership.

This wasn’t the greatest summer for Holland.  There was no Rafalski signing.  He didn’t steal Hossa away for a year, but he got the defense back into respectable shape.  The Wings have a ton of money under the cap.  They can be active at the trade deadline and will flexibility moving forward.

Posted by Ajax19 on 07/05/11 at 04:38 PM ET

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Holland’s had it pretty easy over the past decade, and has been out-GM’d this year by others that are used to having to scrape and claw to land useful players.

Has he?  People seem to be lauding him for picking up inexpensive, solid pieces, rather than overpaying for the likes of Ehrhoff and Wisniewski.

he did have a few key tasks that he has so far failed at

Which were those?  His three tasks were to re-sign his FAs, fill in the defense and find a back up.  The only one he hasn’t done yet is find a back up, and that’s not something that needs to be done on July 1.  In fact, the longer he waits the more likely he is to get a solid back up for cheaper.

He re-signed our three top free agents (Eaves, Miller & Ericsson) and while he overpaid for potential on Ericsson, signing White means that if Ericsson isn’t able to step up his game to top-four status it won’t be terrible for the team because they’ve got White.  On top of that, the Commodore signing provides cheap motivation for Kindl to show what he’s got, and he’s got the potential to be a great defensive signing if Commodore becomes a regular.

It would be nice for him to pawn Hudler off on someone and sign another forward, but it’s not a must.

Anywho, barring a trade, which defintely could still happen, Holland hasn’t impressed me this time around.

I was with you when the sum total of July first was an overpaid Ericsson expected to play like a top-four and a depth defenseman, but the White signing brought me over because if White and Commodore perform to where the should, and Ericsson lives up to even some of his potential, at this time next year we’re going to be saying “Brian Ra-Who-ski?”

Outside of a coup like the Hossa signing, which I guarantee wouldn’t have been possible if we hadn’t won the cup a few weeks before, what do you want?  Do you want him to overpay for even more unproven players?

Posted by Garth on 07/05/11 at 04:38 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

JJ, I’ll post this for you, cause it’s fantastic and needs some more love.

http://www.wingingitinmotown.com/2011/7/4/2257781/weekly-hate-ken-holland-finds-your-lack-of-faith-disturbing

That’s what the other aggressive and smart GM’s have done this summer. And that list doesnt even touch on the ridiculous sums paid to Wisniewski or Erhoff.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 07/05/11 at 05:00 PM ET

awould's avatar

I think the moves Holland’s made and not made this off-season are more about the next 3-4 years than 2011-12, which is what he does and what he should do. He will never get into a cap space jam like the Blackhawks.

Looking ahead, Wings will need to increase Kronwall, Stuart, Helm, Abdelkader, then Filppula and Cleary, and they will likely lose Lidstrom and possibly Bertuzzi and Holmstrom after this season. And the additional wrinkle is the new CBA that will be in effect in 2012 (? or 2013?), as well as a potential re-alignment to the East.

Holland has Detroit in a very nice place right now, with a ton of cap room and somehow he still manages to give Babcock a team that will have a viable shot at a Cup again, for like the bazillionth season in a row.

I still think the Ericsson deal sucks as bad as Ericsson, but taken as a whole, Holland has done a great job in the past week. I really like the White deal and I think he will be in Detroit for a while.

Posted by awould on 07/05/11 at 05:01 PM ET

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This is a list of tasks Holland has stated himself:

Move up in the draft- failed, although in my eye, the draft overall was a success, but the actual drafting is run by Nill and Howe, Holland has very little to do with that by his own admission.

Acquire more 2nd round fraft picks (even after trading down) - failed

Replacing Rafalski - failed, Ian White is a power play specialist at best and Commodore has been irrelevent for years now

Re-sign players -  complete, however overpaying Ericsson (destroying the team salary structure, which has been brushed over IMO) is really going to hurt down the road

Get backup goalie - fail so far, first they let a willing and competent backup leave, then they let others slip away (no matter the reasoning), now the fact that they are even contemplating bringing Osgood back, who has been horrible and frail the past 2 seasons, shows what a potential disaster this is.

Trade Hudler - failed so far, hopefully Holland can get him moved for a backup goalie, unless Conklin signs, then just get a bag of pucks for him.

Posted by Hootinani on 07/05/11 at 05:01 PM ET

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And I agree that Wiz is higjhly overpayed, but 4mil a year for Erhoff is a good price, and thats a Buffalo premium, with a dash of spend-crazy new owner thown in.  The structure is silly, but again, that was a move that was necessary to convince him to play (and live) in buffalo.

Posted by Hootinani on 07/05/11 at 05:09 PM ET

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do you follow the redwings?

Tick tock is planning for the future, outside of the Ericsson deal he’s done an good job of keeping us competative this year while not fuching us in the ass next year when salaries are likely to rollback.

Anyone who thinks Howson did better GMing that Holland is on crick.

When our projected number 2 guy (Kronwall is better than ANY UFA ODMAN that was on the market) makes in the ballpark of 3mil, how do you think signing James “payday” Wiznewski to 5.5 (.7mil under lidas and 2m more than the next d man) or Christian “what’s defense” Erhoff for 10 years, would’ve done as far as allowing us to retain the Dmen we have and like next year?

Truly glad you’re not the Wings GM, Nanny, after 1 year our team would have to pull a Chicago with our defensive core and sign 2 or 3 barely NHL’ers for league min, no thanks.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/05/11 at 05:35 PM ET

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Why are you assigning things he never said?

Moving up in the draft was a thought, but there were so few NHL-ready players in the draft that he wouldn’t be doing himself any favours by sacrificing prospects or players in order to do that.

At worst it’s an incomplete, because he had much, much more pressing needs than a higher first round pick.

Acquire more 2nd rounders?  He did that, and I don’t ever remember him saying, going into the draft, that his goal was to acquire more second rounders.

Pass.

Re-sign players.  Ericsson’s contract is NOT going to hurt down the road because it’s only a three year deal.  Plus, both Eaves and Miller wanted to test the market and he retained both of them without overpaying either one of them.

Pass.

Replacing Rafalski.  White is a solid offensive defenseman with a ton of upside and he’s making half of what Rafalski made.  He’s a mobile puck mover, a terrific skater and has a good right-handed shot.

He’s ten years younger than Rafalski, is on the upslope and doesn’t isn’t injury-prone like Rafalski.  And he’s excited to play in Detroit and sounds like he wants to be here long-term if it works out.

Commodore isn’t being asked to be anything more than a #6 guy, if that, and he knows he’s got something to prove if he wants to get his career back on track.

For a million dollars, what more do you want?

Pass.

Get backup goalie.

Not a fail.  The fact that he doesn’t have one several months before training camp starts doesn’t make it a fail.  Let a competent back up leave?  Is that what you want?  A competent AHL journeyman as your backup?  How about looking at the quality veteran starters who will be willing to sign on as a back up to keep their careers going if he waits a bit?

And you can’t discount the reasoning.  Joey MacDonald wanted money and a starting job.  Where do you go to get that?  NOT the Red Wings and NOT the NHL.

But seriously…you’re pissed that he let Joey fuching MacDonald walk??????

Really????????????

How about you wait until a goalie has been signed, then you can assess it as a pass or fail.

When you were a kid did your school hand out report cards in the first week of class?

And you think it’s reasoably to pay Ehrhoff EIGHTEEN MILLION DOLLARS in the next two years?

There are signing that I wish Holland had made on Friday, but by the end of Saturday I was relieved that he didn’t overpay UFAs and stuck to his guns.

Bottom line is that the Red Wings didn’t need to make a splash on July and instead made solid moves like Ken Holland (almost) always does.

Posted by Garth on 07/05/11 at 05:52 PM ET

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Posted by Garth on 07/05/11 at 04:52 PM ET

I agree with all of that except this one thing.

Get backup goalie.

Not a fail.  The fact that he doesn’t have one several months before training camp starts doesn’t make it a fail.

More like a couple of months. Sheesh, you clearly don’t know anything about hockey. Ha.

I don’t understand how anyone can look at the last week and not think that Holland did good. Ehrhoff at $4MM isn’t bad, but when you add in 10 YEARS, it starts to smell. Wisniewski will be a thorn in our side, I think he is a good player and last season is a sign of what’s to come for the guy, but I don’t like him over $4.5MM so at over $5MM, he is overpaid. For the money and the role he’s filling, White is one of the best signings of the season.

The goalie is the only concern but certainly not a Fail at this early point in time.

Posted by awould on 07/05/11 at 06:01 PM ET

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Sheesh, you clearly don’t know anything about hockey.

Damn, I was hoping nobody would call me on my obvious BS.

Posted by Garth on 07/05/11 at 06:07 PM ET

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