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The overnight report: On the Red Wings’ signings of Mike Green and Brad Richards

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 1:11 AM: The Detroit Red Wings aren't necessarily "sitting pretty" after signing Mike Green and Brad Richards to three and one-year contracts, respectively: according to General Fanager, Hockey's Cap and Cap Friendly, the Wings have somewhere between $4.8 and $6.8 million in salary cap space remaining (it's closer to $6 million), with restricted free agents Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Jurco, Landon Ferraro and Teemu Pulkkinen to re-sign (all assuming that Johan Franzen is healthy and that Pavel Datsyuk doesn't begin the year on the LTIR).

Those players are likely to take at least $6-8 million to re-sign, so the Wings have to make some room to ink them all to contracts. Wings GM Ken Holland readily admitted that the Red Wings have to make some moves to clear both roster and salary cap space after today's moves, but Holland made a telling comment to MLive's Brendan Savage about his roster-and-or-cap conundrum:

"We're going to have to make some moves, which is a good thing," he said. "I'd rather deal from a position of strength than a position of weakness. We feel real good about our depth on defense. It's a great day for the Red Wings today. We went into free agency looking to make some moves that would make a big impact on our team and I think we added two players today that provide some real important ingredients that we're looking for."

"It's early yet" as far as free agency goes--and earlier in terms of teams navigating their cap ceilings (which the Wings can exceed by 10% of the $71.4 million "upper limit") through the re-signings of restricted free agents and/or arbitration hearings, but if we are to believe what we read, the Wings are "big winners" in terms of their free agent machinations, according to USA Today's Kevin Allen...

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Antoine Vermette Returning To Arizona

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How Good Was The 2013 All UFA Team?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

With evening upon us we are well into the 2015 free agent frenzy.  Yesterday I posted a 2015  All UFA Team.  This is the best team that I could make with pending unrestricted free agents.  Many of them have already found a new home and a big payday.  My question is how good a team could you build if you were to buy all the best free agents available.  To answer that let's look at last year's All UFA Team.

Last year's team wasn't too bad.  One player in Daniel Alfredsson retired instead of playing the season, but the remainder all played NHL roles.  The 2014 wasn't too bad.  They had two legitimate goalies in Jonas Hiller and Ryan Miller.  Anton Stralman probably turned in the top performance on their defence.  Radim Vrbata played well enough to appear in the All Star Game.  Others including Jarome Iginla, Mike Ribeiro, Thomas Vanek and Paul Stastny all showed some scoring ability.

Here are the 2014 All UFA players with their salary and statistics:

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Ken Holland, Brad Richards, Mike Green conference call Twitter play-by-play

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Ken Holland spoke with the Wings' media corps regarding the moves the Wings made today, and after the jump, here's the Twitter play-by-play of the conference call that Holland, Mike Green and Brad Richards held a little after 6:15 PM:

 

 

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Daniel Winnik Back With The Toronto Maple Leafs

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added 6:52pm,

 

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Matt Beleskey To The Boston Bruins

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Boston/Florida Trade Pending Trade Call

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added 6:12pm,

 

added 6:27pm,

 

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Brad Richards officially a Red Wing

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 6:01 PM:

FYI:

Okey dokey, here it is:

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Brad Richards coming to Detroit?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Update:

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Kevin Porter exits Motown

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FYI:

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