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Khan, Pleiness: Red Wings officially re-sign Gustavsson

From MLive's Ansar Khan:

And the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness...

Pleiness also spoke with Holland about the wining and dining period...

“I like it,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a phone interview. “It’s excellent for the players.”

The time to “wine and dine” free agents began Wednesday. Teams can begin signing players on July 1.

“Before you’d get to signing day and the player and team would have to make a decision in like an hour or two,” Holland said. “Now teams have the opportunity to let players know they have interest and to tell them how they would fit in on our team.

“It’s an opportunity to see what’s out there, to talk to players we got some interest in, let them know what we’re thinking,” Holland added. “It’s an opportunity to sell your program.”

Holland gave Pleiness something of a master plan...

With the salary cap projected at nearly $70 million it’ll leave the Wings close to $16 million to spend some of which will go to resigning restricted free agents Riley Sheahan, DeKeyser and Tatar.

“Ideally, we’ll make a move on the back end and add one more forward,” Holland said. “We’re going to wait until June 30 to see if we’re going to do anything with our guys.”

But this is bad:

“Dan Cleary is a guy that when he signed here last year for a one-year deal, we had conversations beyond one year because he had contract offers or three years from a couple of teams,” Holland said.

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Update: Sportsnet's Chris Johnston confirms the Gustavsson signing:

Sportsnet has learned that goaltender Jonas Gustavsson signed a $1.85-million, one-year extension with the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. The contract is in the midst of being finalized, according to sources.

Gustavsson spent the last two seasons in Detroit, where he backed up Jimmy Howard, and compiled a 16-5-4 record in 27 appearances last year. He finished with a .907 save percentage.

The 29-year-old Swede is a five-year NHL veteran with a 57-52-20 career record over 141 games for the Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. His previous contract with Detroit paid him $3 million over two years.

Gustavsson was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but goalie jobs are going to be scarce this summer. Most teams are already set at the position and Ryan Miller, Jonas Hiller, Martin Brodeur and others will hit the open market next week.

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Why the bump?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/25/14 at 06:20 PM ET

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“Dan Cleary is a guy that when he signed here last year for a one-year deal, we had conversations beyond one year because he had contract offers or three years from a couple of teams,” Holland said.

If you wanted him for 2 or 3 @%(*& years, you should have signed him for 2 or 3 @#%(*& years.  You signed him to a 1 year deal Kenny. THAT ONE YEAR IS OVER AND YOU OWE HIM NOTHING!

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 06/25/14 at 06:40 PM ET

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Why the bump?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/25/14 at 06:20 PM ET

My guess: Monster asked for more knowing that Holland wouldn’t say “no”.

Posted by godblender on 06/25/14 at 07:00 PM ET

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I mean, this Cleary shit is ridiculous. Was a miserable failure. Couldn’t stay healthy. I doubt any team would give him anything more than a professional tryout at this point.

Ken Holland wants to lock him up.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 06/25/14 at 07:11 PM ET

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“Dan Cleary is a guy that when he signed here last year for a one-year deal, we had conversations beyond one year because he had contract offers or three years from a couple of teams,” Holland said.

The Flyers signed him to a PTO and seemingly had a handshake agreement on a three-year deal, but Cleary seemed pretty keen on the chance to re-sign in the city he’s spent the last eight years of his career.

The whole situation with Cleary in Philly was complicated by the Flyers cap situation, which hindered the team from actually signing him with paper and pen and everything until later in camp.

http://www.broadstreethockey.com/2013/9/12/4722622/dan-cleary-contract-flyers-no-show-training-camp


He had one offer. A PTO from the Flyers. Nothing more. He must have a heck of an agent.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 06/25/14 at 07:17 PM ET

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I can live with Monster for another season.

He did provide the help the Team needed.(wins) A few extra dollars is fine with me.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 06/25/14 at 07:41 PM ET

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If you wanted him for 2 or 3 @%(*& years, you should have signed him for 2 or 3 @#%(*& years

KH offered a 3 year deal to Cleary prior to July 1, 2013. I am not sure what is crazier, KH offering 3 years to Cleary or Cleary rejecting that offer.
As to Gustafsson, the key here it’s 1 year deal as Mrazek is out of options next year. Are there better free agent goalies there? Possible (Hiller?), but not sure if they will come here to be a backup and not sure if they can be had on 1 year deals. As long as the decision was made to keep Mrazek in AHL (and we already argued about that), $1.85 or $1.5, it does not really matter.

Posted by VPalmer on 06/25/14 at 08:02 PM ET

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Posted by Captain Bob on 06/24/14 at 11:05 PM ET

Know what would be cool?  If you watched a game this season.  Maybe one in the second half of the season, in which there you would see that there is absolutely, positively no question who Detroit’s most valuable player was.

Posted by Garth on 06/24/14 at 11:14 PM ET

Garth, are you saying that to be considered a team’s most valuable player that they shouldn’t be on the Injured Reserve List for the critical second half of the season, but playing in games and making season changing plays?  Radical thinking.

Posted by RWBill from lead guitarist for The Pompous Dicks. on 06/25/14 at 08:03 PM ET

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“Dan Cleary is a guy that when he signed here last year for a one-year deal, we had conversations beyond one year because he had contract offers or three years from a couple of teams,” Holland said.

Then let him go talk to those other teams!  Sweet Sassy Molassy!

Posted by RWBill from lead guitarist for The Pompous Dicks. on 06/25/14 at 08:07 PM ET

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I can live with Monster for another season.

He did provide the help the Team needed.(wins) A few extra dollars is fine with me.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 06/25/14 at 07:41 PM ET

Yes he was pretty good, especially for the price.  Gave him a small bump to compensate for just a one year deal instead of 2-3 years that he wanted.  Odds are one or both goalies are going to have injury time and Mrazek can still get half a dozen or more games with Detroit.  I know he feels things can only go downhill for him in the AHL, one more year, bro.

Posted by RWBill from lead guitarist for The Pompous Dicks. on 06/25/14 at 08:11 PM ET

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Then let him go talk to those other teams!  Sweet Sassy Molassy

Cleary has no other teams to talk to.  All he can do is to cry his way to the roster again.

Posted by VPalmer on 06/25/14 at 08:23 PM ET

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Danny clearly is the red wing way.  The reason UFAs pick to come here

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/25/14 at 08:43 PM ET

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can live with Monster for another season.

He did provide the help the Team needed.(wins) A few extra dollars is fine with me.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Agreed. Monster can help the Red Wings if he can stay healthy. His unorthodox style reminds me of Hasek a bit.

Posted by bigfrog on 06/25/14 at 08:44 PM ET

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Garth, are you saying that to be considered a team’s most valuable player that they shouldn’t be on the Injured Reserve List for the critical second half of the season, but playing in games and making season changing plays?  Radical thinking.

You mean like Zetterberg did, only in the first half, when we were a better team?

Posted by Captain Bob on 06/25/14 at 09:34 PM ET

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Radical thinking.

I make my own rules!

You mean like Zetterberg did, only in the first half, when we were a better team?

So Zetteberg doing what Zetterberg is supposed to do on a team that you yourself admit was better (because it was more healthy) is somehow more impressive than Nyquist doing what he did when the management had to go out and trade for a single NHL centre because they had NONE.

Zetterberg played well, mostly alongside Datsyuk.  Datsyuk played well, mostly alongside Zetterberg.

Nyquist played better than anyone expected, mostly without Datsyuk AND without Zetterberg.

Posted by Garth on 06/25/14 at 10:00 PM ET

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Jonas Gustavsson officially signed his one-year contract with Wings today. Slight bump from $1.5 million to $1.85 million.

Cool.  Welcome back, Monster. 

Now, let’s talk about your pre-game stretching routine…

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 06/25/14 at 10:13 PM ET

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Hart Trophy goes to the Most Valuable Player—not the most unexpected goal scorer or “beat the expectations the most” player.
Datsyuk had a down year, while Zetterberg was still near his usual level.  Nyquist had a great month, but it took him time to get there, and then he cooled off.
At one point, Gus had 1 goal in 18 games. Then he got hot. 23 goals in 29 games or whatever.

The problem with homers is that they don’t let you appreciate things for what they are.
Nyquist had a splendid season. He was dynamic for awhile. And we definitely needed his important contribution.

But Hart Trophy consideration? That’s where you from being appreciative to ridiculous.

Posted by Captain Bob on 06/25/14 at 10:21 PM ET

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My goodness, the calories people are expending over how a spot around the 11th-13th forwards is used.

How dare you spend a million bucks or so on a veteran depth forward some of these fans don’t like, Kenny!

Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/25/14 at 11:42 PM ET

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Posted by Captain Bob on 06/25/14 at 10:21 PM ET

Without Nyquist the Wings straight up do not make the playoffs.

Most.  Valuable.  Player.

Period.

Posted by Garth on 06/25/14 at 11:52 PM ET

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Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/25/14 at 11:42 PM ET

A warm, broken body is not depth.

Someone who can’t keep up at the NHL level is not depth.

Dan Cleary is not depth, he is a waste of money, whether it is $1.75M, $1M, league minimum or $105k in the AHL, and roster space, whether he’s taking up an NHL roster spot or and AHL roster spot.

Posted by Garth on 06/25/14 at 11:55 PM ET

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Dan Cleary can’t keep up with the nhl game anymore, he is done so why sign him?  He will be taking valuable roster spots and cap space and for what purpose?  It is not making the Wings any better and it definitely is not helping them to get discounts on quality free agents, so who exactly is it helping other than Ken Hollands guilty conscious and Dan Cleary’s wallet?  Never mind asking the question what Holland even promised him to begin with and why.

Posted by bababooey on 06/26/14 at 12:00 AM ET

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Without Nyquist the Wings straight up do not make the playoffs.

Most.  Valuable.  Player.

Period.

Sad attempt at logic, Garth.
Without Zetterberg, the Red Wings do not make the playoffs.
Without Datsyuk, the Red Wings do not make the playoffs.
Without Kronwall, the Red Wings do not make the playofs.

Given that we only got in the playoffs by 3 points, you can probably make this point for 7-8 Red Wings.

Hell, I’ve heard people say, without Legwand, we do not make the playoffs.
LEGWAND FOR HART

Posted by Captain Bob on 06/26/14 at 12:05 AM ET

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So….Cleary has a “handshake” deal with Philly for 3 years.
He walks away from his “handshake deal.”
Signs with Red Wings. Red Wings and Clearly make a handshake deal that the Wings will resign him after the year.
But now the Red Wings have to stay true to their handshake deal?

*#$%@& that noise.

Posted by Captain Bob on 06/26/14 at 12:07 AM ET

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My goodness, the calories people are expending over how a spot around the 11th-13th forwards is used.

How dare you spend a million bucks or so on a veteran depth forward some of these fans don’t like, Kenny!

This is the NHL. A billion dollar industry that’s rich precisely because fans obsess over it.

Of course fans waste energy debating the 11th to 13th forward spots.

 

Posted by Captain Bob on 06/26/14 at 12:09 AM ET

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What about Derek Morris for a ufa signing?  He’s a righty and checks some boxes I terms of skill sets needed.

Posted by bababooey on 06/26/14 at 12:50 AM ET

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Posted by Captain Bob on 06/26/14 at 12:05 AM ET

The Wings were without Zetterberg and Datsyuk for half the season.

When the team was decimated by injury one guy stepped up and basically took the team on his back, much like Zetterberg has done in the past.

Without Nyquist have the season that he had, Detroit doesn’t make the playoffs.

Period.

Most valuable player.

Posted by Garth on 06/26/14 at 07:45 AM ET

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I dig it.  I don’t even have a problem with the whole thing:  term and money right on the dime.

Posted by SYF from hatrick's "...broken bone bone..." on 06/26/14 at 11:22 AM ET

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My goodness, the calories people are expending over how a spot around the 11th-13th forwards is used.

With all due respect you are missing the point making this statement. Cleary signing will mean at least this 3 things:
1) Jurco starts the year in AHL (KH started Nyquist there, so you can be sure that he will have no problem sending Jurco there). At this point Jurco is a better player and needs to be in the lineup to become even better whether Cleary’s ceiling is 3rd liner in AHL.
2) One of Ferraro or Callahan will be waived because they will have to score 10 goals each in 6 preseason games to “outplay” Cleary and take his spot on the roster. Both players are better than Cleary now and can become better with more experience. A lot of resources were spent on their development and I do not want to lose either for Cleary.
3) It will be a sign that the franchise is going backwards, not forward.

Posted by VPalmer on 06/26/14 at 02:51 PM ET

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