Around the Rink – August 5 Edition

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The Detroit Red Wings signed forward Patrick Eaves to a one-year deal on Tuesday afternoon. Bruce MacLeod of The Macomb Daily reports that the contract is worth $500,000, leaving the Wings enough room under the cap to sign another forward to fill the roster. Eaves spent last season with Carolina, recording six goals and eight assists in 74 games. The Hurricanes traded Eaves to Boston this off-season in exchange for defenseman Aaron Ward. The Bruins then opted to buy out Eaves, making him an unrestricted free agent and available to the Red Wings.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the Wings see Eaves as a Cleary-type player — he was a high-end prospect and struggled after a solid rookie campaign. Along that line, GM Ken Holland believes Eaves can blossom under the Red Wings’ system and leadership according to the Windsor Star.

“We love his potential,” said Holland, who said he’s still looking to add one or two more free-agent forwards. “We need some players on the team that are cheaper ones too.

“Given his history, we know he has lots of skill. Our feeling is Patrick is a young kid who maybe has lost his confidence a bit after some injury problems. We think he can come here and find his confidence with the players he’ll get to play with.”

The consensus opinion among hockey bloggers is that this is a great signing for the Wings because there’s a great potential upside with minimal risk.

In Other News

  • The Jiri Hudler situation has finally come to a close with an arbitrator awarding Hudler a two-year contract worth $5.75 million. Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports that he will make $2.75 million in his first year and $3 million in the second year of the deal. Hudler will play in the KHL next season, but whenever he decides to return to the NHL he will be under the two-year contract awarded by the arbitrator.
  • The Detroit Free Press reports that the Wings’ season ticket prices will remain the same. The Grand Rapids Press discusses the different payment plan options that season ticketholders can choose from.
  • The Grand Rapids Griffins are hosting their own youth hockey camp this week and Justin Abdelkader will be a coach in attendance.
  • Snapshots learned that Red Wings’ prospect Tomas Tatar made the Slovakian pre-Olympic camp roster. Former Wings Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky will also be there. Pavel Datsyuk received his own invitation to the Russian pre-Olympic camp.
  • Speaking of Tatar, the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) traded him to the local Plymouth Whalers on Tuesday.
  • A Swedish hockey blogger posted some photos from the Swedish pre-Olympic camp and had the unique opportunity to interview the likes of Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, and Henrik Zetterberg. Snapshots has an English translation of the interviews.
  • Johan Franzen just got married, but the ceremony was slightly delayed due to the late arrival of Zetterberg and his fiance Emma Andersson. Thanks to Hockeytown Static for the link.
  • The Red Wings have reached an affiliation agreement with the Toledo Walleye and will serve as Detroit’s ECHL affiliate.
  • NHL.com has the top 10 Winter Classic memories, including five from this year’s game at Wrigley Field.
  • If you will be near Chicago on August 17 and 18, you can attend the U.S. Olympic orientation camp. Admission is free, but it is first come first serve.
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4 Responses to Around the Rink – August 5 Edition

  1. Pingback: AWESOMEdotcom.org » Blog Archive » Red Wings offseason update 8/5/09

  2. redwingsguy96 says:

    A key signing by the Wings, the team for next year is starting to take shape…little less razzle and dazzle for grit and guys like Eaves is a nice transition. I’ve always liked Eaves, even when he was with the Sens and Hurricanes…he’s exploading with potential and I hope it erupts when we surround him with our guys, like it did for Dany.

    He’s not going to win you a game like a Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen or even Filpulla but his depth with be big when the time comes, perfect forward to bring to Hockeytown 😉

  3. scott says:

    I was wondering if the Red Wings were going to sign some grit or is Zetterberg going to drop the gloves and fight again. Who is going to protect are star players when other teams start running are stars. The wings can hold there own but we need some one who will step up to the plate and protect the stars. I’m all for signing some “goones” or some gritty players. For all the people who want to make the NHL a figure skating event they should come to the real world and know fighting is not going to leave this game called hockey.

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