Drake Returns to Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings announced the signing of veteran forward Dallas Drake on Monday. As per club policy, the financial terms of the one-year deal were not announced.

Drake was a member of the Red Wings from 1992 to 1994, after the team drafted him in the sixth round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. He was packaged with goaltender Tim Cheveldae in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets for Bob Essensa and Sergei Bautin.

Drake has spent the last six seasons with the St. Louis Blues, serving as their captain for the past two years. He has also played for the Jets and the Phoenix Coyotes, after the franchise shifted there.

"We're very pleased to have Dallas join the Red Wings," Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a release. "He's a very physical player who will add grit to our lineup and make our team even more difficult to play against. He's a veteran player and you can never have enough experience and leadership on a team."

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I don't know about this one.

Does he use his stick for a cane yet?

He's a decent leader but he's starting to slow down. He's just not the guy we all used to know. He hasn't had a plus season since '04 and last year only had like 10 points.

Lets hope holland plans on dealing him.

Posted by drwmike33 on 7/9/2007 at 12:15 PM


He's only $550,000. That leaves money for another top forward still. They are just using him as insurance in case someone else gets hurt. Also, Holland will save the money most likely and buy a top notch player at the Trade Deadline. Afterall, we will be one of the only cup contending teams that has good money to spend. Every other talented team completely broke the bank this offseason.

Posted by choyer on 7/9/2007 at 1:07 PM


didn't we trade him for draper back in 94 or was it that goalie(what's his name). Wasn't it Bob Essensa?

Posted by RRhoads on 7/9/2007 at 4:16 PM


Yep, Drake was in the deal for Essensa.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 7/10/2007 at 12:05 PM


dunh dunh dunh dunhhhhh!!!!

hmmm, i dont remember him all that well, so my opinion will have no impact on this forum.

but my brother said hes a good scorer, so hopefully that will help??

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 7/10/2007 at 6:19 PM


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