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Up-to-the minute updates and insights from the Red Wings locker room at home and on the road. By Chuck Pleiness of The Macomb Daily.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Where Hossa signing leaves the Red Wings' roster

General manager Ken Holland said that with three goalies and 10 NHL defensemen on the roster (assuming contracts signings by Chris Chelios and Jimmy Howard), that the only open roster spot for the Red Wings after the Marian Hossa deal is one forward spot. (Detroit will carry two goalies and eight defensemen on its 23-man roster this season.)

The Red Wings have 12 NHL forwards, including Valtteri Filppula. The Finn is a restricted free agent, but Holland is confident that the Wings will sign him this summer. Detroit, however, just became more vulnerable to an opposition offer sheet to Filppula because Hossa's deal pushes them closer to the salary cap.

The Red Wings will carry 13 forwards and Holland said that he wants a forward for the 13th spot who is on a two-way contract (two different rates of pay depending on whether he's playing in Detroit or Grand Rapids).

Holland said that he'd like the toughness that Darren McCarty (who has been offered a contract) or Aaron Downey bring to the team for that 13th forward spot. But will McCarty or Downey accept a two-way contract? If not, a free agent could be brought on board or Darren Helm could be the 13th forward.

Ty Conklin and Jimmy Howard will battle for the No. 2 goalie position. Derek Meech, Kyle Quincey and Jonathan Ericsson will battle for the eight defense spot.


Anonymous Seth M. Fisher said...


Great blog.

I'm trying to figure out how the Wings can pare down to 23 without exposing guys to waivers.

The most logical roster I see is replace Helm and Drake with Hossa and Kopecky and roll. But...

First, Meech. Can he be sent to GR or does he need to stick to stay? How about Quincey. He's an RFA right? Would a new contract make him more mobile or is he also barred from the Griffins?

And how long can Ericsson be kept down? Doesn't Holland want to get him up here while Chelios is around so he can benefit from the same tutor who trained Fischer, Meech, Lebda and Kronwall?

And if we decide the next Super Swede can't be held back any longer, who gets chopped?

July 21, 2008 at 3:57 PM 

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