Meech Re-signs with Red Wings on One-Year Deal

Restricted free agent defenseman Derek Meech signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

Following club policy, financial terms were not announced, however CapGeek.com reports that the deal is for $500,000.

Meech is expected to be traded before the start of the season, as he has been unable to remain in Detroit’s lineup over four seasons with the Red Wings.

With his signing, the Wings have only two restricted free agents left to sign: Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader. They are also in the running for unrestricted free agent Mike Modano and are looking to sign a sixth defenseman.

Thoughts on Modano

I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not I think the Red Wings signing Mike Modano would be a good thing or a bad one.

My first thought was that there was no way it would happen. Modano’s not the gritty fourth-liner the Wings said they were looking for. He doesn’t come at the league minimum salary. It’s not a fit.

Of course, I wanted it to happen because Modano’s one of the great American players of all-time. The storyline is great, with Modano coming to Detroit and ending his career with his hometown team. And over the holiday weekend, as rumors started heating up, it was easy to change my mind.

Modano is a much better third-line center than Justin Abdelkader. He’s a second-unit power play threat. He’s a veteran leader on a team whose forward corps is very young (by Detroit standards). The cost would be marginal, with Mattias Ritola being waived to go to Grand Rapids, a move the Red Wings seemingly planned for anyway by giving him a two-way deal last spring.

Today, I’m on the negative side again. Forget the salary cap, the cost will be too high based on roster limits alone.

The Red Wings currently have 14 forwards, 7 defensemen and two goalies, assuming all three of their remaining unsigned restricted free agents return. That’s a 23-man lineup, the league max.

Yes, Ritola could be waived. He might make it through to GR. He’s the only one who might, though.

Subtracting Ritola and adding Modano still puts the Red Wings at 23 men. Two extra forwards, one extra defenseman, no third-string goalie. While it could work, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.

If Jimmy Howard or Chris Osgood got hurt, there’d be no roster spot for a short-term call-up of Joey MacDonald. If two defensemen went down at once the Wings would be short on the blueline.

The Wings might be in that kind of situation without Modano. Or they could go all season with no injuries (or only injuries to forwards). That doesn’t mean tempting fate is the right decision.

Of course, if they could swing a deal where they at least got something in return for some of their depth, that changes everything.

Red Wings Sign Eaves to One-Year Deal

Restricted free agent forward Patrick Eaves has agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings, the team announced Wednesday.

While financial terms of the deal were not announced, CapGeek.com reports that the contract is worth $750,000.

Eaves joined the Red Wings as a free agent last summer after a trade from the Carolina to Boston, and then a buyout from the Bruins. He scored 12 goals and added 10 assists in his first season with Detroit.

Eaves is the second RFA forward to sign with Detroit in as many days, with Drew Miller having re-upped with the Red Wings on Tuesday. Both forwards’ futures are far from determined, as the Red Wings also continue their pursuit of longtime Dallas Star Mike Modano.

Miller Re-ups with Red Wings

Drew Miller has agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings, the team announced today.

Financial terms of the deal were not announced but Miller will reportedly earn $650,000.

The signing comes at a time when the futures of several of Detroit’s restricted free agents are in doubt, with the Red Wings courting free agent forward Mike Modano. If Modano were to sign with the Wings, Miller could waived as a casualty of the salary cap and roster limits.

Miller, a product of Michigan State University, scored 10 goals and nine assists last season for Detroit after being claimed on waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Former Red Wing Probert Dies

Say what you want about his personal life but on the ice, he was an absolute warrior.

By all accounts he was a fantastic ambassador for the Chicago Blackhawks. If you want to know how much he’s still loved in Detroit, look back to Steve Yzerman‘s jersey retirement, when the only people who were cheered more loudly were Gordie, Vladdie, and Stevie himself.

From the Windsor Star, via <a href='http://blog.mlive.com/snapshots/2010/07/cklw_reports_that_former_red_w.html?