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The Boston Bruins held their Jarome Iginla-introducing conference call today, and during the presser, the Associated Press (via RedWingsFeed) took note of Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli's comments regarding his courtship of both Iginla and Daniel Alfredsson, who ended up in Detroit:
The Bruins general manager and Ottawa native spoke to Alfredsson about signing in Boston before ultimately getting a deal done with Jarome Iginla.
"After my discussions with him, no, I wasn't surprised," Chiarelli said of Alfredsson leaving the Senators. "There's a lot of similarities here, too, with Jarome. These guys are elite players in the league for a long time and they want to win. They have a thirst and a hunger, both, to win."
Alfredsson, 40, explained that wanting to win a Stanley Cup was his reason for passing up an 18th season in Ottawa to sign a one-year deal in Detroit that could be worth up to US$5.5 million with performance bonuses.
Iginla, likewise, left the Calgary Flames after a career there, though he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins amid a rebuilding project. While Alfredsson left a playoff team in free agency, Iginla still empathized with the long-time Senators captain's dilemma.
Updated at 1:19 PM: A little under 24 hours after the Red Wings signed Daniel Alfredsson to a 1-year deal and Stephen Weiss to a 5-year contract, I'm still trying to wrap my head around the magnitude of what happened--very admittedly, as someone who's still in utter shock that Alfredsson's relationship with Ottawa's management soured so quickly that he'd leave the team, and as someone who tends not to cheer for other teams, but has a Daniel Alfredsson jersey hanging in my closet.
I know he's 40, and I know that he's not necessarily what he once was, but he's on "my" team now--and as far as Ken Holland and Mike Babcock are concerned, the additions of Stepehen Weiss as a second-line center and Alfredsson as a complimentary player who can "play his own game" just as much as Weiss will, well, both Holland and Babcock suggested that the pair will give the Wings a more balanced lineup than they had at their disposal with Valtteri Filppula, Damien Brunner and Daniel Cleary in tow, and as such, adding the pair was more than worth producing a cap crunch in addition to set of roster-crunch-alleviating moves to come.
With Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie heading on vacation, I'm not sure whether we're going to be able to prove that anyone's signed anywhere...
But in all seriousness, at the end of what is turning out to be a seventeen-hour work day, Paul and will do the best we possibly can to inform you of players' destinations over the balance of the summer, never mind the next couple of days.
If we can find an inkling from a reputable source who does not charge you money to have access to insights of player-moving note, we will try to pass those along, be it on Twitter or elsewhere. But if we do not know where a player is going, we are simply going to have to say what has been my most unpopular comment here on KK, TMR, or anywhere else: "I don't know."
Okay, one more time. On Friday:
- The Red Wings signed Daniel Alfredsson to a 1-year, $3.5 million deal with another $2 million in attainable over-35 performance bonuses, and Bryan Murray brought out his phone records as tangible evidence of...Well, a relationship that clearly went sour;
- As the Red Wings are now in a division with the Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning, perhaps Valtteri Filppula found it fitting to sign a 5-year, $25-million deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning after the Wings signed his replacement, Stephen Weiss, to a 5-year deal that will pay Weiss $500,000 less than Filppula over the life of the contract (i.e. it's a $4.9 million cap hit);
- Ken Holland stated that he'd been informed that Damien Brunner was leaving for greener pastures, but attempted to retain Daniel Cleary into the evening, with no result (neither player found employment on July 1st);
The Detroit Red Wings' annual summer development camp takes place from next Wednesday, July 9th, to Monday, July 15th. The Red Wings released a pre-draft preliminary roster for the camp, the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau listed the try-out invitees, and now the Left Wing Lock's posted the entire roster--though it's subject to change:
Update: Speaking of which, the Windsor Star's Bob Duff penned a lost-in-the-shuffle article about the prospects and the Wings' draft haul:
Updated 3x at 8:08 PM: Okay, amongst this evening's Red Wings-related news, first, the cringe-worthy stuff:
Otherwise, I need to take a deep breath here.
The Red Wings signed Daniel Alfredsson to a 1-year deal with a base salary of $3.5 million and $2 million in attainable over-35 bonuses; first slowly, and then officially, we found out that Damien Brunner is not returning to the team; the Wings signed Stephen Weiss to a 5-year deal at a cap hit of $4.9 million, and going the other way, Valtteri Filppula got his 5-year deal at all of $100K more per season from the Bolts; then there was the bizarro-land Bryan Murray presser, and the good news about Luke Glendening earning an NHL deal.
It's not a big signing given the magnitude of what's happened today, but it's great for the Red Wings and great for someone who was a walk-on with the University of Michigan and a try-out who earned an AHL-only contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins:
RED WINGS SIGN FORWARD LUKE GLENDENING TO A ONE-YEAR DEAL
... Grand Rapids Native Helped Lead Griffins to the 2013 Calder Cup Championship …
Detroit, MI... Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the club has signed forward Luke Glendening to a one-year contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
Via RedWingsFeed, Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray engaged in an absolutely bizarre press conference in which he discussed Daniel Alfredsson's departure to the Red Wings, vacillating between fury and praise in...Well, you'll have to watch it to get it (and if you wish, Pro Hockey Talk's Mike Halford offers a Tweet-based blow-by-blow):
Updated 4x at 5:12 PM:
Per the Red Wings' conference call introducing Stephen Weiss and Daniel Alfredsson, Wings GM Ken Holland told the media that he is still talking with Daniel Cleary and will touch base over the next couple of hours...
But he stated that he expects Damien Brunner to "move on to a different situation."
Regarding the roster crunch up front and the salary cap--the Wings have a capgeek-estimated $2.3 million of cap space with RFA's to re-sign in Brendan Smith, Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson, but they can exceed the cap by another $6.4 million (so that's $8.7 million in total availble space)--he stated that the Wings obviously have to move some bodies and that he would explore options over the next month or two as the roster is a work in progress.
Updated 3x at 6:24 PM: Well, former Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula got his money, and he gets the chance to replace Vincent Lecavalier...
Nicholas Cotsonika put it best:
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