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The shoe’s, er, skate’s, on the other foot for the Red Wings’ unrestricted free agents-to-be

According to the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness, the Red Wings have tendered contract offers to Jonathan Ericsson, Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller, and with a little under a week until unrestricted free agency begins, the team hopes to get down to the business of signing as many of the above-mentioned names as possible:

“We’ve talked to all of their agents,” Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill said. “We’ll probably get more done next week.”
“This week we focused on the draft,” Nill said. “We’ll get working more on that next week and hopefully get them all signed up.”

The Wings are believed to have offered Ericsson a multi-year deal worth just over $2 million a season.

“We’re in the same ballpark,” Wings GM Ken Holland said Friday.

Holland is waiting to hear back from the agents for Eaves and Miller.

“If they have interest, they’ll get back to us,” Holland said.

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RWBill's avatar

If either or both Miller and Eaves don’t come back that opens the door up for Emmerton or/and Draper, or Jagr.  If you deal Huds there is room for Jagr too.

I love Eaves’ youthful enthusiasm and the effort both he and Miller put out.

As I stated weeks ago, a difference of 300-400K at their salary range is huge, given how much they lose off the top to taxes, agents, and escrow.  If another team offers them even “just a 1/4 million” more it would be hard for them to turn down and give a hometown discount, compared to someone that makes or has made $3-7 Million.  There one shot block away from their careers going down, so they have to make what they can in this small window of opportunity.

Posted by RWBill on 06/26/11 at 10:54 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

There =  “They’re” one shot block away -

Posted by RWBill on 06/26/11 at 10:55 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

I see your point, Bill, but both Eaves and Miller have said they want to stay in Detroit.  So I expect them both to sign.  Not so sure about Ericsson, but I hope Holland doesn’t go much higher in his offer for him.

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 06/26/11 at 01:18 PM ET


I could see Erickson being worth around 2.25/yr, but that’s dependent on his development. He’s still a little too inconsistent t be worth too much more than that. If he wants to do himself a favor, he should take a short contract at a reasonable number and get better during that contact. Then he should think about 3+M/yr.

Posted by Teldar on 06/26/11 at 02:44 PM ET

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