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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:
Updated 8x at 4:54 PM: Farewell, Valtteri Filppula: the Red Wings have decided to replace Filppula with Stephen Weiss:
This went down weirdly...
Updated 10x at 1:44 PM:
Update #1: Filppula and Cleary are gone, too:
Updated 23x at 3:59 PM: After fifteen updates to the Daniel Alfredsson rumor thread, here's the gnus regarding Alfredsson joining the Red Wings:
Updated 15x at 11:37 AM:
Update from George: Gnus to follow jump cut:
Given the last couple of months' worth of comments from the Red Wings over the past couple of months, never mind the last couple of weeks or days, or taking the team's cap situation and roster crunches into account, it's very evident that Detroit won't be particularly active today, save attempting to re-sign Damien Brunner and Daniel Cleary and attempting to bring in a second line center.
Given the hundreds and hundreds of comments made over the past couple of days, there is an assumption that everything would be different if Jim Nill were in charge instead of Ken Holland.
Such suggestions do not take into account a simple fact: the Detroit Red Wings are not a team whose decisions are solely made by Ken Holland. The Red Wings are run by a management team which consults its pro scouts, its ownership, and yes, its coaches before making major moves, and while Holland has the final say, he is not some lone cowboy going on his gut feeling.
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