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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Jonas Gustavsson will be back with the Detroit Red Wings for a third season.

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press today that "it appears we've agreed to a one-year deal."

Gustavsson, 29, was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, but both sides were interested in extending a relationship that began in the summer of 2012. Gustavsson is coming off a two-year, $3-million deal. His extension is expected to be in the same $1.5-million ballpark.

Holland said Gustavsson has returned to Sweden, but paperwork should be sorted out within days.

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Thank god its only a one year deal as i had a gut feeling Kenny was going to give him two years.

Posted by Lenny on 06/19/14 at 03:22 PM ET

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One year too many.

Posted by Primis on 06/19/14 at 03:25 PM ET

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very good. cheerio

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 06/19/14 at 03:26 PM ET

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Thank god its only a one year deal as i had a gut feeling Kenny was going to give him two years.

Posted by Lenny on 06/19/14 at 04:22 PM ET

He probably “promised” to take care of him next year

Posted by George0211 on 06/19/14 at 03:26 PM ET

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Same old shit.
We’ve signed Gustavsson.
I don’t know if this is a Swede thing.
I don’t know if this is a don’t trust Mrazek thing.
I don’t know if this depth thing.
I don’t know if this is a Gustavsson is a potential replacement for Howard thing.
I don’t know what it is, other par for the course from an organization that can’t get out of its way.

What’s the advantage?

More AHL games and development for MRazek? That’s a joke. Just look at last year. Gustavsson has never been healthy. So that means Mrazek, like last year, will not likely play 50 games. He’ll probably be the first call up and spend 20-30 games as the backup, while spending the rest of the year stopping pucks from AHL caliber shooters.

Depth? Again, how this a depth move when you can’t count on Gus to be healthy?

Gustavsson as a competitor for Howard? As good as Gus was last year when Howard struggled, when Howard actually got hurt and needed Gus, Gus **** the bed. Take a look at his second half numbers.

Posted by Captain Bob on 06/19/14 at 03:29 PM ET

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Meh. As far as things that will make or break the season, this is low on the list…. Mrazek or Gustavsson… and consistent with the brass’ opinion that Mrazek is better served playing more games in the AHL. Agree or disagree as you will, doesn’t matter much and it isn’t going to ruin Mrazek’s career. The real issue is Howard’s long contract. I think the list of goalies who should get more than 3 years is Quick, Rask, Price and Lundqvist.

Posted by awould on 06/19/14 at 03:31 PM ET

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A cynic might think this has something to do with getting to Mrazek’s RFA contract and pulling the “unproven in the NHL” card out to low-ball him.

Posted by awould on 06/19/14 at 03:34 PM ET

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I dig it.  I’m just guessing here, but I think Blashill sort of has an implied directive to give Razer a workload similar to what Jimmy had when he was in GR - something like starting 60 of 82 games.  I think Razer’s one of those guys who work better and gets better with a heavier workload, which is going to be a challenge for Blashill because McCollum just had a career year in GR.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 06/19/14 at 03:36 PM ET

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I think the best way to look at is the Wings now have 3 NHL ready goalies. It’s better than a situation where they have only 1. I fully expect Gus to get hurt and Mrazek to see NHL time. I just think Holland and Co. felt better with Gus in the fold if Howard falters or gets injured.

Either way, next year has to be Mrazek’s in the NHL. Otherwise they might as well trade him to someone who’ll give him a chance in the NHL. All he has done is succeed at every level and hasn’t looked a bit out of place in NHL action.

All that being said, I wouldn’t have preferred to move Mrazek up this year. I think he is ready.

Posted by evileye on 06/19/14 at 03:55 PM ET

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Bill Peters just named HC in Carolina.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/19/14 at 03:56 PM ET

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There’s two topics here.

1)  Was the brass correct in determining that we were better off with Mrazek in Grand Rapids?  I don’t know.  But that was the clear determination reached by the meeting with the pro scouts.

2)  Given 1), was signing Gustavsson to a 1-year, ~$1.5M deal a good move?  I think the answer is pretty clearly yes.  He had a good year.  He was good when needed in the postseason.  The term and cost are a fit.  I doubt we’d have done better on the open market—the market for 1-year deals being, presumably, limited to oldsters like Brodeur, Thomas, and Nabokov—guys whose skills are declining, who’ll want more money, and who add uncertainty to the locker room.

So I won’t complain about 2) just because I’m an agnostic on 1).

Posted by captaineclectic on 06/19/14 at 03:58 PM ET

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Gustavsson as a competitor for Howard? As good as Gus was last year when Howard struggled, when Howard actually got hurt and needed Gus, Gus **** the bed. Take a look at his second half numbers.

Posted by Captain Bob on 06/19/14 at 04:29 PM ET

Me no likey signing either, but, whatever.

The glass is half full. Half a loaf is better than none. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blather.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

 

 

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 06/19/14 at 03:59 PM ET

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Look at the bright side. This is not an entry aboot signing Cleary. zipper


SWM!(NO JINK!)

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 06/19/14 at 04:03 PM ET

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I dig it.  I’m just guessing here, but I think Blashill sort of has an implied directive to give Razer a workload similar to what Jimmy had when he was in GR - something like starting 60 of 82 games.  I think Razer’s one of those guys who work better and gets better with a heavier workload, which is going to be a challenge for Blashill because McCollum just had a career year in GR.

Exactly. The Red Wings want Mrazek to see more work in Grand Rapids. He is good, but is still raw. He can work on improving his game there, and will more than likely play with the Red Wings during the season. It should be a win win situation.

Posted by bigfrog on 06/19/14 at 04:20 PM ET

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One year deal for Monster is good if the $$$ are right. Many goalies on the market including Hiller today.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 06/19/14 at 04:39 PM ET

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Exactly. The Red Wings want Mrazek to see more work in Grand Rapids. He is good, but is still raw. He can work on improving his game there, and will more than likely play with the Red Wings during the season. It should be a win win situation.

Posted by bigfrog on 06/19/14 at 05:20 PM ET

He plays a really frenetic game and I think they’re worried he’ll exhaust himself unnecessarily.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 06/19/14 at 05:28 PM ET

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Posted by Captain Bob on 06/19/14 at 04:29 PM ET

Well, have an aneurysm about the choice for who is going to sit on the bench the 75% of the season, why don’t you?

Posted by Garth on 06/19/14 at 05:52 PM ET

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Posted by Captain Bob on 06/19/14 at 04:29 PM ET

Well, have an aneurysm about the choice for who is going to sit on the bench the 75% of the season, why don’t you?

Posted by Garth on 06/19/14 at 06:52 PM ET

You obviously have had Captain Bob on ignore for 95% of his posts ...

Posted by SK77 on 06/19/14 at 08:01 PM ET

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Here’s what I think the Wings were trying to do:

By giving Howard a year with Gustavsson behind him, they are giving him one year to get his shit together.  Mrazek’s a good goalie.  There’s every evidence to suggest he’s as good as Howard, and most likely better.  That’s not a SURE thing, though, so you bring back Gustavsson for a year before you put Mrazek and Howard head to head, because if Howard wins that matchup cleanly it’s a bad sign for Mrazek’s career, and even if Mrazek wins the goalie battle the Wings still lose because now they have a wildly overpaid backup.

This way the team buys itself a year more of Howard relatively uncontested (although the degree to which even Gustavsson pushed Howard is pretty alarming), and it buys them a year of having Mrazek come up and earn a boatload of money too soon.

Now Detroit’s not going to have to make a hard choice on Howard until 2015-16, when he’ll only (!!) have 4 years remaining on his deal and the cap will hopefully rise enough to make his cap number less than crushing and make him a viable trade candidate.

Gustavsson as a competitor for Howard? As good as Gus was last year when Howard struggled, when Howard actually got hurt and needed Gus, Gus **** the bed. Take a look at his second half numbers.

That Gustavsson’s even in the same paragraph as Howard is ominous.  That he was in the same sentence with Howard is terrifying.

Gustavsson’s a journeyman goalie.  He shouldn’t be pressing anyone for a starters gig… but he was pressing the heck out of Howard.

Of course, this could all be a set up for a Howard trade this year if he struggles, although it’d be a tough sell.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/19/14 at 08:06 PM ET

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Well, have an aneurysm about the choice for who is going to sit on the bench the 75% of the season, why don’t you?

I wonder how that calm and forbearance applies to Cleary being signed to play 13 minutes a night for a million bucks or so?

I mean, Cleary’s going to be on the bench for at LEAST 75% of the season, but having him or not having him certainly does engender outrage.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/19/14 at 08:09 PM ET

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this is a good deal for the wings no matter how anyone spins it. I was worried they would succumb to a two-year deal for Monster. MZ is not ready for a full time gig. he’s too thin. this could not have worked out any better for the wings. It means MC is gone too. so that first round pick was obviously a bust. good news for coreau and whoever they take in the 4th or 5th round this year.

Posted by jkm2011 on 06/19/14 at 08:45 PM ET

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I’m cool with it.  Welcome back, Monster!

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 06/19/14 at 08:49 PM ET

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A cynic might think this has something to do with getting to Mrazek’s RFA contract and pulling the “unproven in the NHL” card out to low-ball him.

I’ve thought that too, Awould. But what do you really get out of it? Screwing with Nyquist got us 2 cheap years, I guess. But what does two cheap years get us? More flexibility to keep Samuelsson or Cleary?

Holland seems to put a lot of effort into cap circumvention…but has it ever once worked out?

Just call players up when they’re ready. Pay them what they are worth. Let the chips fall where they may.

Posted by Captain Bob on 06/19/14 at 10:16 PM ET

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Holland seems to put a lot of effort into cap circumvention…but has it ever once worked out?

Hilariously, the last team to win a cup that DIDN’T use cap circumvention contracts to do so was the 2007-08 Red Wings.

Yes, it’s worked out.  It’s worked out for six consecutive years.

 

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/20/14 at 07:16 AM ET

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A cynic might think this has something to do with getting to Mrazek’s RFA contract and pulling the “unproven in the NHL” card out to low-ball him.

Posted by awould on 06/19/14 at 04:34 PM ET

My thoughts exactly.

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 06/20/14 at 08:10 AM ET

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Just call players up when they’re ready. Pay them what they are worth. Let the chips fall where they may.

... and then savage Holland and the rest of the front office when that strategy fails, as it must by definition fail.

In a capped league if you pay players what they are worth you’ve created a team… that’s exactly average.  The teams who overpay guys will be worse than you, and the teams who underpay guys will be better than you.

The whole point of competence in a capped league is to get as many ‘bargains’ as you can, to create as many situations as possible where guys OVERPERFORM on their deals.  If you throw that out the window you completely derail any shot at being good outside of sucking long enough to get high picks… which, by the way, you can then UNDERPAY by having them play as RFAs rather than having to comp them as UFAs would be.

Hilariously, the last team to win a cup that DIDN’T use cap circumvention contracts to do so was the 2007-08 Red Wings.

They didn’t use circumvention per se, but they did have Zetterberg under an RFA deal paying him 2.7 mil a year when in the past two years he had 72 goals and 81 assists in 140 games, and they were paying Hasek a 4 million dollar contract that was half salary and half ‘performance bonuses’ they could push onto next years cap, they had Osgood (800k) having maybe the best Detroit goalie postseason of all time, and that was the year Franzen (900k) lit up for 15 goals the last two months of the year to go along with 13 in 16 in the playoffs.

Point being, if you don’t have some pretty major situations where you’ve guys on the team playing well above their contracts value… it’s tough to win.  Whether you get their by ‘circumventing’ the cap or by merely taking full advantage of the rules therein to provide the most financial advantage to your franchise, if you don’t do it you’re toast.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/20/14 at 08:45 AM ET

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Don’t see the big deal.  Ever since the ‘05 lockout, goalies have had more and more in common with defensive linemen in terms of contact.  Between Howard or Gustavsson, there’s gonna be an injury or two.  Monster and Mrazek both make excellent 2A and 2B goalies.  We’ll see plenty of both of them this season I’m sure.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 06/20/14 at 10:32 AM ET

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Ken Holland tries save money on the Zetterbergs and Hossa and Suters. And then he hands out $3M contract to Mikael Samuelsson or a $4M long term contract to Ericsson.

Pay your stars what they are are worth. Pay world class talent more than it worth, if that’s what’s required..

You can save money by playing a Glendening over a Cleary, by a rookie over a Samuelsson, by a Scott Hannan over a Kyle Quincey.

The name of the game in the cap era is flexibility. You don’t tie your hands by overpaying and overextending middle-of-the-road players..

Take a look at Kenny’s Red Wings on Jan. 1 of last year.
Which Red Wings, other than the kids, had a lock of trade value? Not very many. Way too few.

Posted by Captain Bob on 06/20/14 at 01:30 PM ET

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Look at those goalposts moving.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/20/14 at 03:33 PM ET

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LA’s cap circumvention deals (signed by Philly), aren’t even bad, unlike the grotesque Zetterberg/Hossa/Franzen deals.
Their longterm deals end when players are still reasonably young. Richards ends at 35. Carter at 37—instead of 40-41.
They bottom out at $2M instead of $1M, which is a bit more reasonable, in terms of expectations that they will finish out the contracts.
Same with Quick. He’ll be 37. His salary will be $2.5M

These aren’t cap circumvention deals.

The best way to “circumvent” the salary cap is to avoid mediocre players to multimillion dollar deals, to use rookies and bargain-basement players in your lineup.

 

Posted by Captain Bob on 06/20/14 at 04:31 PM ET

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sliiiiiiiide

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/20/14 at 05:02 PM ET

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