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Red Wings sign Mike Commodore

Updated 8x at 6:48 PM: Well, then. Ronald McDonald’s headed to Detroit, as he himself insinuated on Twitter—repeatedly:

The Red Wings have agreed to terms with @commie22 on a one-year deal.

That’s Mike Commodore, who was bought out by Columbus.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie says one year, one million:

As per @GMillerTSN, one year, $1M for Mike Commodore in Detroit.

I guess he and Mike Babcock will bury the hatchet….

Update: As Nicholas J. Cotsonika suggests...

Good value for Red Wings getting D Mike Commodore for one year at $1 million. He’ll be motivated to reestablish himself. Low price, risk.

The Production Line did call it, but more than a few of my Twitter pals suggested that Commodore himself was telling everyone within keyboard shot that he was coming here.

Update: Per Brian Hedger:

So, Commodore to the #Redwings, coached by Babcock ought to be interesting dynamic.
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To refresh, Commodore on Babcock trading him in 2003: “Mike Babcock was without a doubt an obstacle in my career.”
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More Commodore on Babcock: “I wanted to prove him wrong, I’m not going to lie ... I thought he put his best foot forward to bury me.”

MLive’s Ansar Khan confirms:

The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Mike Commodore to a one-year deal for $1 million.

He was recently bought out of his contract by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Interesting signing, since Commodore has had issues with Red Wings coach Mike Babcock when they were in Anaheim, publicly ripping him a couple of years ago when he played for the Blue Jackets.

Update #2: Per the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness:

The Wings have signed former Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Mike Commodore to a one-year deal with $1 million. The deal adds depth to the Wings’ blueline.

The big question is his relationship with coach Mike Babcock.

“Mike Babcock was without a doubt an obstacle in my career,” Commodore told The Columbus Dispatch back in January of 2009.

Babcock dealt Commodore from Anaheim to Calgary in 2003.

“I wanted to prove him wrong, I’m not going to lie,” Commodore continued. “I used him as big-time motivation. I thought he put his best foot forward to bury me.”

“The only thing I ever questioned about Mike was his conditioning,” Babcock told the paper. “In my mind, Mike always has been a quality guy. When he came up, I didn’t think he was in condition. That’s it.”

Update #3: The Free Press’s Helene St. James confirms:

The Red Wings have beefed up their blueline by signing veteran Mike Commodore to a one-year deal worth $1 million.

A few seasons ago, Commodore took some verbal shots at Wings coach Mike Babcock over how Babcock treated Commodore when both were with Anaheim.

In January of ’09, Commodore told the Columbus Dispatch, “Mike Babcock was without a doubt an obstacle in my career,” and then adding that he was motivated to become a better player because of Babcock’s role in trading Commodore from the Ducks to the Flames in ’03. ““I wanted to prove him wrong, I’m not going to lie. I used him as big-time motivation. I thought he put his best foot forward to bury me.”

Commodore, 31, is 6-foot-4, 233 pounds. He’s a defensive defenseman who could be a nice fit next to Niklas Kronwall.

This signing increases the Wings’ defense to Commodore, Nicklas Lidstrom, Kronwall, Brad Stuart, Jonathan Ericsson and Jakub Kindl. Brendan Smith, the 2007 first-round draft pick, will also be given a chance to make the ’11-12 team.

Update #4: Here’s the Wings’ press release;

RED WINGS AND DEFENSEMAN MIKE COMMODORE AGREE TO TERMS ON A ONE-YEAR DEAL

...Veteran Blue-liner Captured Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006…

Detroit, MI… Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland announced today that the club has signed defenseman Mike Commodore to a one-year contract.  In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Commodore, 31, was originally a second-round pick (#42 overall) of the New Jersey Devils in the 1999 National Hockey League Entry Draft.  He spent the past three seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, splitting time in 2010-11 between Columbus (20 games) and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Falcons (11 games).  The Fort Saskatchewan, AB, native has played in 454 career games for the Devils, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes and Blue Jackets during his 10-year NHL career.  Commodore’s career totals include 23 goals, 81 assists, 104 points and 645 penalty minutes.  The 6-4, 225-lb. defenseman has also appeared in 53 career postseason games.  He went to his first Stanley Cup Final as a member of the Calgary Flames in 2004.  The Flames lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Commodore would return to the Final again in 2006 and helped the Carolina Hurricanes capture hockey’s ultimate prize with a seven-game series win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Update #5: Here’s what Commodore had to say to DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose about signing with Detroit:

“I’m in the process of going from Kelowna to San Diego where I go every summer to train for awhile,” Commodore said, “and I wasn’t expecting anything. Not a phone call. Not a nothing. I had a lunch set-up with a friend of mine and the phone rang, and it was my agent, who said, ‘Detroit’s called.’ I almost crashed my truck.”
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“I’ve had a tough couple of years,” said Commodore, who split last season between Columbus and its AHL affiliate. “I had a great year two years ago, my first year in Columbus. My next year was injury-filled with bad groins and I played like 60 games and only five when I was healthy. Then last year and that whole debacle there. … It just didn’t work out.”

He apparently got the itch to possibly play for Detroit while playing alongside Ken Holland in a charity golf tournament last summer…

“I was fortunate enough to have golfed in Ken’s golf tournament last year and that was my first experience with him,” said Commodore, of Holland. “I had a great time. Obviously, the hockey side speaks for itself; I don’t need to pump his tires. He’s made some great decisions and has had wonderful success. But as a person, he was fantastic and I enjoyed being around him for those couple of days. From that experience, I knew that I would love to play for him some day.”

And Commodore hopes to fit in as both a right-handed shooter…

“I think that was kind of a need,” Commodore said. “There was a shortage this summer of right-handed defensemen that were available. So that worked out for me; thank God I’m right-handed.”

And as a physical force…

At 6-foot-5 and more than 230-pounds, Commodore gives the Wings four defensemen that are 6-2 or taller. He has been a top shut-down defenseman in the past, who can still log a lot of minutes both at even-strength and on the penalty-kill. He’s a solid defender and a steady presence at clearing the puck out of his own zone. And all Commodore is looking for is a fresh start to jump-start his career.

“I’m at a point in my career where I’d like to play and be an affective player for a few more years if I can,” he said. “I need to start this year and this will be a good opportunity to get back on track.”

And the whole playing with Nick Lidstrom possibility doesn’t hurt, either:

“To be honest, there were a lot of things that made this decision very easy,” Commodore said. “But playing with (Lidstrom) certainly crossed my mind. If I’m fortunate enough to skate a couple of shifts with him then that would be spectacular. After all, he’s one of the best – if not the best – defenseman who has ever played the game. All of those guys on that team have been very successful. I’m just looking to fit in and do what I can.”

Update #6: Commodore spoke to the Free Press’s Helene St. James about Babcock...

General manager Ken Holland reached out to Commodore’s agent a few hours after the market opened at noon today, and got a deal done within minutes.

The terms of the Commodore deal carry little risk for the Wings, who in turn get a 6-foot-4, 233-pound defensive defenseman to shore up the third pairing.

Commodore, 31, has a history with Wings coach Mike Babcock that dates back to when Babcock coached Anaheim’s AHL affiliate and had Commodore as a player.

Babcock spurred Commodore being traded to the Calgary Flames. Back in ’09, Commodore publicly accused Babcock of having being an obstacle in Commodore’s career. The memory of those remarks prompted Commodore to call Babcock this afternoon.

“I talked to him today for a few minutes,” Commodore said. “In all honesty, that was the only thing that - I don’t want to say it was an issue, but it was concern. I was assured by Mike that it wasn’t a big deal. For me, it’s water under the bridge. I just wanted to make sure I’d get a fair shot, and that was assured. I’m looking forward to playing for him. I want to be a good soldier. I’m really excited about this opportunity, and want to make the best of it.”

As well as the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan:

Mike Commodore was on a plane to southern California Friday, ready to begin off-season training, and didn’t expect to be signed by any NHL team. Commodore was hoping to be picked up by a team in August. Then the Red Wings called, and 15 minutes later, Commodore was a Wing.

“It came together pretty quick,” said Commodore, 31, a defenseman, who signed a 1-year contract worth $1 million. “I didn’t expect to be signed by the Red Wings today. But I’m definitely excited to be part of this organization. I have a lot of respect for (general manager) Ken Holland, and the coaching staff, and the players they have here. I’m ecstatic.”

Commodore is definitely familiar with coach Mike Babcock. The two were together in Anaheim when Commodore was a minor leaguer trying to earn a spot with the Ducks. He never did, and when Commodore was with Columbus two seasons ago, he verbally ripped Babcock in an article.

“That happened 8 or 9 years ago (the time in Anaheim) and that’s water under the bridge,” Commodore said. “We’ve both won Stanley Cups since then (Commodore in 2006 with Carolina) and moved on from that.”

Commodore said he’s already spoken with Babcock regarding the article and wishes he would have handled the situation differently. Commodore became available after recently being bought out of the final two seasons of a 5-year contract worth over $18 million with the Blue Jackets.

“The opportunity wasn’t there,” said Commodore, who never seemed to win the confidence of Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel. “It was time to move on.”

Update #7: Holland on his moves via the AP’s Larry Lage:

“Jonathan Ericsson has made significant strides with us over the last three years,’’ general manager Ken Holland said. “We believe in his abilities, we like the physical dimension that he brings to our team and we look for his continued progression as a player over the next few seasons as he enters into the prime of his career.’‘

Eaves is coming off a season in which he had 13 goals and seven assists in 63 games for the Red Wings.

“All three guys are 27 years of age,’’ Holland said of the three returning players. “All three of them, I think, their best years are ahead of them.’‘

Commodore, who signed a one-year deal, joins his sixth NHL team. He played 20 games for Columbus last season. He asked for a trade and was waived, but at the time, his contract made it hard for other teams to pick him up.

“We think he’s going to give us some presence on the back end,’’ Holland said. “(Coach) Mike Babcock is excited to have him. He’s a pro. He’s been around the game.’‘

Via RedWingsFeed on Twitter, here’s MLive’s Ansar Khan on Commodore, who was told that he had 15 minutes to decide whether he would become a Red Wing:

“My heart rate went from resting to 180,’’ Commodore, 31, said. “It was like, ‘Wow! I wasn’t prepared for that. I sat in my truck, put it in park and thought about it for two minutes. It’s a no-brainer. I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to play for this organization. If someone would have told me last year you’d be playing for the Detroit Red Wings I would have laughed at them.’‘
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“I have something to prove,’’ Commodore said. “It’s been a tough couple of years in Columbus. I’m looking forward to proving myself.’‘

Again, about the Babcock comment…

“It was something I thought about a little bit (before deciding),’’ Commodore said. “That happened a long time ago. It’s water under the bridge. I’d like another opportunity to play for (Babcock). He was a first-year coach in the NHL, I was trying to break into the league. We’ve both come a long ways.’‘

As it turns out, Babcock likes the concept of Commodore playing as the team’s #6 defenseman:

“We had him earmarked for two weeks,’’ Babcock said. “We like his size and he’s physical. He’s a perfect fit for our team. He’ll support his teammates, he’ll work hard on people. If he’s paired with (young) Jakub Kindl, he’ll help him.’‘

Commodore, who played regularly on Carolina’s Stanley-Cup winning team in 2006 and the Flames team that lost to Tampa Bay in the 2004 Cup finals, said he’s excited to play for a talented puck-possession team.

“I’m not a rushing defenseman but can hold my own moving the puck. I look forward to getting the puck to (the forwards), kill penalties, block shots,’’ Commodore said. “That’s one thing Ken and Babs said the Wings needed—someone to be hard to play against.’‘

And here’s what Ken Holland expects of him:

“He’s helped Carolina and Calgary in playoff runs,’’ Holland said. “He’ll work the front of the net to move people out. He’s a good guy on the third pair, got a presence to him. If we put him in the right situation, he’ll play good hockey for us.’‘

Update #6.5: Fox Sports Detroit’s Art Regner states the obvious:

Most appealing about Commodore is that he brings size—6-foot-4, 225 pounds—and a right-handed shot. He could see some spot duty on the point during the power play. 

Although Commodore is not an offensive threat, he’ll provide the Wings with a stable veteran presence on defense if he can stay healthy.

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Posted by MECA on 07/01/11 at 04:00 PM ET

I just don’t feel the love of sweet baby Jesus in your words, or whatever Clint Eastwood said.

If you want to swear at other Wings fans then mlive is more in your taste, otherwise all opinions are welcome, and I think yours were pretty well on.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/01/11 at 05:07 PM ET

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The Blue Shirts have an astounding $24 Million in cap space, that’s like one at bat for Barry Bonds.

True only 14 players under contract after burying Wade Redden, but that’s an awful lot of jack to play with.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/01/11 at 05:10 PM ET

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Posted by MECA on 07/01/11 at 04:07 PM ET

Who was trying to be witty?

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

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Nothing like an obnoxious troll on a day like this.  tongue laugh

Is Paul working on an ignore button?

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 07/01/11 at 05:13 PM ET

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Mecha is GONE and his comments should have disappeared as well.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/01/11 at 05:17 PM ET

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We ban people when we have to.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/01/11 at 05:18 PM ET

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Mecha is GONE and his comments should have disappeared as well.

TA DA!

Posted by calquake on 07/01/11 at 05:19 PM ET

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We ban people when we have to.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/01/11 at 04:18 PM ET

Good.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 07/01/11 at 05:23 PM ET

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Formatting…..

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 07/01/11 at 05:24 PM ET

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Red Wings sign Mike Commodore

Aw, sh*t.  I had long suspected since this morning that someone was spiking my drinks with LSD, and now there can be no doubt.

Posted by AndrewFromAnnArbor from Fortress Europe on 07/01/11 at 05:24 PM ET

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Leino now $4.5M each for 6 years to Buffalo.  The ownership really is committing to the team.  Good for them, good hockey fans, although that certainly seems high for Leino.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/01/11 at 05:26 PM ET

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I meant to finish the thought that NYR have $24 M in cap space to sign Richards.

Paging Conklin, Ty Conklin.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/01/11 at 05:32 PM ET

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I don’t know if I’ve seen more speculation and angst since the day Rich Rodriguez was not fired.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/01/11 at 05:35 PM ET

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Another goalie signs, JS Giguerre with the Avs?  Seriously, Ty Conklin.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/01/11 at 05:39 PM ET

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I suspect that this signing was because Babcock needed to make someone miserable.  Does anyone here think that Uncle Mike is really going to let commodore play ahead of talented youngsters like Kindl or Smith?

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 07/01/11 at 05:44 PM ET

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Seriously, Ty Conklin.

Who the hell else is left?  I heard there was a goalie available who had won a Cup and had 400 wins but was thought to be injury prone.  I can’t seem to recall his name…?

Posted by calquake on 07/01/11 at 05:46 PM ET

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Posted by calquake on 07/01/11 at 04:46 PM ET

Sounds like an ideal backup if his groin was guaranteed to stay in tact.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/01/11 at 05:50 PM ET

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Sounds like an ideal backup if his groin was guaranteed to stay in tact.

Sounds like he needs to ‘exercise’ it more. cheese

Posted by calquake on 07/01/11 at 05:55 PM ET

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Awesome.

This place rocks, even in the middle of summer.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 07/01/11 at 05:57 PM ET

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Aw Holy Crap Sharks signed Jim Vandermeer.  Stay at home defenseman, big guy and a bit nasty, having grown up in Red Deer with 5 hockey playing brothers.  Bit of a journeyman but so is Commodore, would have preferred Vandermeer but what the H do I know.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/01/11 at 06:00 PM ET

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Posted by RWBill from Imported from Detroit, Land of Todd-Ber-Tuz-zi !! on 07/01/11 at 04:50 PM ET

Or if he had played anything resembling NHL-level hockey in the last couple years…

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

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Vandermeer was also $1M.

Fleischmann signs for $18M for 4 years?  WTF is happening?

I’m going to stop spamming and go buy some IPAs.

One more thing, Holland did say the Wings would be active in free agency?

If everyone is overspending they might as well shoot for the moon once with Richards.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/01/11 at 06:07 PM ET

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I just heard on PrimeTime sports from Doug McLean (grain of salt, I know…) that Wisniewski’s offer went up from $27M to $33M when Detroit’s name came into the mix today, but he (McLean) has been told that Detroit was “never really interested” in him.

Interesting, if true.

Posted by Garth on 07/01/11 at 06:08 PM ET

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Living in Raleigh, I saw more than enough of this gingerpuss a few years back. Maybe he was hired so we would get off Ericssons ass.

That’s it for today, I gotta go abuse my liver.

Posted by dougie on 07/01/11 at 06:09 PM ET

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Is it just me or is our defense stalemating? getting worse? Lids, Kron and Stuart are all great D men, Errorson could go either way next season, but Commodore? Really?

So what happens this year? First round exit? First time in 20+ years that we miss the playoffs? Or am I being wayyyyyy over pessimistic here?

Please, someone tell me I am, then back it up with something good ‘cos I’m spamming the panic button repeatedly.

Posted by LGRWeh from That state with the lakes, no not Minnesota. on 07/01/11 at 06:27 PM ET

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Holland is probably trying very hard to talk some sense into defensemen’s agents. After seeing how much everyone else, esp. Tallon and Pegula are willing to throw at anyone and everyone, it’s very difficult to convince Ian White, Anton Babchuk et. al. that they’re not $4-5 million players.

Agents are nuts today. Let’s see who the Wings end up signing before jumping off the bandwagon ankles first.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/01/11 at 06:31 PM ET

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Let’s see who the Wings end up signing before jumping off the bandwagon ankles first.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/01/11 at 05:31 PM ET

Wise council, George. But right now I feel like the kid who got a dreidel for Xmas, and all the neighbor hood kids got ponies.

Posted by dougie on 07/01/11 at 06:34 PM ET

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I’ve been covering all the free agent signings as a co-helper for Paul, so I feel like I got a pet rock :p :p raspberry raspberry

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/01/11 at 06:42 PM ET

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Part of me is hoping we land Richards so we can make our own statement to the league, but after what’s gone down today, all these loony toones deals, I really can’t fault Tick Tock for standing pat. Save the cap space for the trade deadline/probable decrease in the cap for 12-13. I still can’t believe Jagr got over 3 and Leino got 4.5.

Posted by Alzy from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on 07/01/11 at 06:55 PM ET

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Ha-Ha Ha.  He’s a pylon who is way slow for the new NHL…....Arniel couldn’t get along with him and neither could Babs.  Guess the CBJ is just like the Buckeyes dumping their trash in Michigan.  Way to build that “D”.

Posted by Curley on 07/01/11 at 07:45 PM ET

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So what happens this year? First round exit? First time in 20+ years that we miss the playoffs? Or am I being wayyyyyy over pessimistic here?

Please, someone tell me I am, then back it up with something good ‘cos I’m spamming the panic button repeatedly.

Posted by LGRWeh from That state with the lakes, no not Minnesota. on 07/01/11 at 05:27 PM ET

Our defense is not going to win a lot of games, but it won’t lose many games at all. It will be capable enough to give our forwards (our core strength) a chance to win most games. Look at someone like Brendan Smith. While still a work in progress, nevertheless he has the potential to be a legit number two or three defenseman.

Kindl showed impressive signs last year, also.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 07/01/11 at 07:49 PM ET

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Posted by Curley on 07/01/11 at 06:45 PM ET

The four-game-sweep from the playoffs still stings, eh?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 07/01/11 at 07:51 PM ET

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Red Winger, I agree with your comments and I really wonder if Holland will go for any more defensemen.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 07/01/11 at 07:58 PM ET

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I don’t know. After reading the end of day updates and thoughts from Holland and Babcock on Commodore I don’t feel completely awful. So they’ve got him slotted as the #6 defensemen going into the season (this is all assuming we’ve got one more D signed/traded for the 3/4 slot to compete with Ericsson), so he can “mentor” one of the kids. Ha.

Anyway, point being, if Kindl AND Smith both outplay Commode—which is possible—then they can bury him in the press box or Grand Rapids.

Or maybe the dude has some freakin’ pride, is put into a humbling/difficult situation, and steps up his game, refocuses, and plays decent enough to justify the $1 million salary.

Posted by SK77 on 07/01/11 at 08:08 PM ET

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i’m becoming more and more ok with this.

Posted by cowboycoffee from San Francisco, CA on 07/01/11 at 08:17 PM ET

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It’s $1M.

This is an awesome signing.  If Commodore sucks then we’re out $1M.  Who cares?  If Commodore can remember when he was a big, nasty, right-shooting peckerhead, maybe Ericsson watches that happen and a little light bulb turns on.

What’s the problem here?

First round exit?  Miss the playoffs?  Yeesh.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/01/11 at 08:20 PM ET

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Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste. Marie on 07/01/11 at 06:49 PM ET

Good point. Thanks!

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/01/11 at 07:20 PM ET

Bit of an over reaction eh?

I’m more comfortable with this now as well…. But at the time of posting I had just woken up with tight pajamas for FA day and all I saw was ‘Wings sign Commodore.’

Like someone else comparing it to Christmas, its like waking up expecting a new bike or video game system, and only finding clothes under the tree.

Sure, maybe you can use ‘em - but do they excite you?

Then again, at least we won’t be seeing Jagr in white and red.

Posted by LGRWeh on 07/01/11 at 08:49 PM ET

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After the signings by Chi (Mayers, Carcillo and O Donnell) and watching our guys get bent over a barrel by other teams’ physical play…and just take it…I’m starting to like this acquisition. Yeah, he’s a goober. But he’ll block shots, clear the front of the net and he’s never been afraid to just whack a guy across the head for no reason…and I like that about him! I want ONE player on this team who will, at the very least, make opposing players think twice before slew-footing Z or riding a high elbow on Dats.

This guy is a little bit crazy and/or stupid…either way at least he’ll make his presence felt on the ice. Plus, $1million?! That’s like getting a serviceable used car for like twenty bucks by today’s FA standards.

Posted by godblender on 07/01/11 at 08:58 PM ET

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I’m more comfortable with this now as well…. But at the time of posting I had just woken up with tight pajamas for FA day and all I saw was ‘Wings sign Commodore.’

Like someone else comparing it to Christmas, its like waking up expecting a new bike or video game system, and only finding clothes under the tree.

Sure, maybe you can use ‘em - but do they excite you?

Then again, at least we won’t be seeing Jagr in white and red.

Posted by LGRWeh on 07/01/11 at 07:49 PM ET

Haha, good point.

Sorry ‘bout that though. I can’t say I was super-thrilled hearing this was the only post-noon signing the Wings engaged in.

I think Detroit will be fine. They still have money to make a splash.  If they don’t spend it, then they have room to make a move once they get a good feeling about how things are working.  The team still has a ton of talent.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/01/11 at 09:09 PM ET

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Well what does winnipeg need? dump Hudler and his salary to them. That gives us a bit more. Shop Fil?(i dont really wanna lose Fil). If those two were gone we’d have that much more in money. Opens up a bit more that way in what we can still get.

Still missing on my list:

#6 D-man?
Top 6 forward?
Backup goaltender?

2 assistant coaches


Did I miss anything?

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 07/01/11 at 09:28 PM ET

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