Who’s Left for Detroit?

So I know a lot of people are ripping into Ken Holland right now, seemingly for not signing every available player. I said what I think about that (with some typos that I’m just now noticing) last summer and I won’t repeat myself now.

I have had a thought about someone who I wouldn’t be surprised to see Holland bring in. Holland likes his “off the board” moves and I’m not going to be surprised to pull one here. I think the replacement for Todd Bertuzzi is going to be Jason Allison.

He’s been out of the league for a full year and has only played one season since an injury-shortened 2002-03 campaign but is fairly gritty, a big guy, and is willing to accept a short-term, low money deal to show that he can still play.

Even if “low money” is $2 million (which I think is high, $1 – $1.5 million being more likely depending on if there are any other bidders), Detroit has $9 million under the cap to work with so after that and Hasek’s expected $2.5 million deal, that leaves $4.5 million to sign another defenseman.

Not a bad deal.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

Clark founded the site that would become DetroitHockey.Net in September of 1996 with no idea what it would lead to. He continues to write for the site and executes the site's design and development.