Red Wings Deal Jurco to Blackhawks

The Red Wings opened up their trade deadline sale on Friday afternoon, sending restricted-free-agent-to-be Tomas Jurco to the Chicago Blackhawks for a third-round draft pick.

As I said in my trade deadline preview yesterday, Jurco wanted out and wasn’t getting opportunities in Detroit anymore, so it’s not a surprise to see him dealt.

Honestly, I’d expected him to get waived at a handful of points this season, so getting a third-rounder for Jurco is pretty fantastic in my mind.

As I said via Twitter, this feels a bit like the Wings dumping Aaron Ward in 2001.  A perfectly serviceable player who wasn’t happy in Detroit and will go on to bigger and better things elsewhere.  Now it’s up to Ken Holland to do the same thing he did then, turn that draft pick into something useful.  The Ward draft pick became Jiri Hudler.  Let’s see what this pick becomes.

Red Wings Sign DeKeyser to Six-Year Deal

The Detroit Red Wings signed defenseman Danny DeKeyser to a six-year contract on Tuesday.  In agreeing to the deal, the sides avoided a potentially-contentious arbitration meeting scheduled for Thursday.

The contract breakdown is as follows:

With DeKeyser signed, the Red Wings’ top concern becomes goalie Petr Mrazek, who is scheduled for an arbitration meeting on Wednesday.

My concern with the DeKeyser deal is that, once again, Ken Holland is giving a player long-term money based on his potential, not what he’s proven.

$5 million per season is #2 defenseman money.  I think DeKeyser is the best defenseman on this team, which isn’t saying much.  I think he could be a top defenseman eventually.  I do not think he’ll be worth $5 million in the 2016-17 season.

Giving out contracts like this is a gamble.  Maybe by the second year, he’s taken a step forward and become a legitimate #1 defenseman and it’s a bargain for the rest of the deal.  If not, though…  This is how you get healthy scratches making $2 million (the now-departed Jakub Kindl).

Red Wings Sign Nielsen

The Detroit Red Wings have announced the signing of center Frans Nielsen to a six-year contract.

Per Aaron Ward, who has been on top of all things Detroit this morning, the deal carries a $5.25 million salary cap it.

I don’t love the term.  The money is about what I expected.  Now it’s time for Holland to not do anything else.

Nielsen, 32, has spent his entire career with the New York Islanders.  In 606 career games he has 119 goals and 230 assists.

Red Wings Re-Up Marchenko

Aaron Ward broke his second Detroit signing of the day, revealing that the Red Wings have signed would-be restricted free agent Alexey Marchenko to an extension.

Ansar Khan of MLive, who still has me blocked on Twitter so I can’t embed his Tweet, says the new deal is for two years and carries a salary cap hit of $1.45 million.

Ward: Wings Bring Back Helm

Per former Red Wing and current analyst Aaron Ward, the Red Wings have brought back forward Darren Helm.

He took a hometown discount so the AAV isn’t bad but I don’t like the signing in general.  Bringing back another bottom-six center who’s a stretch as a second-line winger doesn’t help the team.  It doesn’t matter that the term is terrible, the contract shouldn’t exist at all.

Pregame: Panthers @ Red Wings – 12/2

A power outage in downtown Detroit cancelled the morning skates today but the Red Wings are all set to host the Florida Panthers tonight.

The Red Wings are riding a four-game winning streak but will be missing forward Justin Abdelkader, who left Sunday’s win over the Vancouver Canucks with a shoulder injury. The official team stance is that Abdelkader is day-to-day but former Red Wing Aaron Ward reports that he’ll miss two weeks.

Joakim Andersson will replace Abdelkader in the lineup, leaving Daniel Cleary and Brian Lashoff as the healthy scratches.

Jimmy Howard starts in goal.

Stupid stat of the day: Since the Panthers adopted their current jersey set, every other game between Detroit and Florida has gone to a shootout.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FSD+.

Alumni Showdown Roster Review

I’ve been (finally) going through my photos from the Alumni Showdown at Comerica Park on New Years Eve and my lack of familiarity with some of the Toronto players has been causing some problems. I look at my photos and say “Who is that guy and why don’t I see a #28 listed on the roster?”

Well, it’s because the announced rosters weren’t the final rosters. A couple players were listed for one game and played in the other or were listed with different numbers or were listed and didn’t actually play. I went back through the player introductions to put together a complete list and I figured I’d share it out for posterity.

Game One

Toronto Maple Leafs

# Name Pos.
33 Doug Favell G
1 Mark Laforest G
1 Peter Ing G
4 Mike Pelyk D
4 Cory Cross D
33 Matt Martin D
3 Brad Marsh (A) D
4 Greg Hotham D
24 Dan Daoust F
21 Mark Osborne F
19 Bill Derlago F
9 Stew Gavin F
15 Pat Boutette F
12 Rob Pearson F
15 Claude Loiselle F
10 Brad May (A) F
14 Dave Reid F
19 Tom Fergus (A) F
26 Mike Krushelnyski F
7 Dave McLlwain F
8 Todd Warriner F
20 Mike Johnson F
16 Nikolai Borschevsky F
32 Lou Franceschetti F

On the Toronto side, Doug Favell wasn’t listed on the roster but did play. Jamie Macoun and Shayne Corson were listed but didn’t play. Mike Johnson wore #20 after being listed without a number.

For Detroit, Ken Holland was on the roster but did not play.

Game Two

Toronto Maple Leafs

# Name Pos.
29 Mike Palmateer G
31 Curtis Joseph G
29 Felix Potvin G
24 Bryan McCabe (A) D
34 Jamie Macoun D
4 Dave Ellett D
15 Bob McGill D
33 Al Iafrate D
34 Bryan Berard D
27 Darryl Sittler (C) F
22 Rick Vaive (C) F
17 Wendel Clark (C) F
93 Doug Gilmour (C) F
14 Dave Andreychuk (A) F
16 Darcy Tucker (A) F
18 Kevin Maguire F
4 Gary Leeman (A) F
9 Russ Courtnall F
7 Gary Roberts (A) F
7 Lanny McDonald (A) F
22 Tiger Williams F
16 Mike Walton F
28 Tie Domi (A) F
11 Mike Gartner F
25 Joe Nieuwendyk (A) F
32 Steve Thomas (A) F
11 Steve Sullivan F

For Detroit, the only oddity was that Joe Kocur was introduced in and played the first period wearing Bob Probert‘s #24 jersey.

For the Leafs, several things were different. Macoun played after having been on the Game One roster. Curtis Joseph wore his usual #31 and Felix Potvin wore #29, having been listed with #35 and #36, respectively. Bryan McCabe wore #24 instead of #29. Up front, Gary Leeman wore #4 instead of #11, Tie Domi wore #28 instead of #20, and Mike Gartner wore #11 instead of #22.

As I said, compiling this list is nothing groundbreaking, I just wanted it to be documented somewhere so I figured I’d write it up.

Alumni Showdown Rosters

Possibly lost in the shuffle yesterday between the Griffins/Marlies tilt at Comerica Park, the Red Wings’ visit to Nashville, and other build-up to tomorrow’s Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Bill Roose had the rosters for Detroit’s two alumni teams for today’s Alumni Showdown.

Kocur was listed as wearing his usual #26 but announced that he would don #24 in honor of Bob Probert.

Seventeen

I have the tendency to wax nostalgic about the site and/or make grand statements when DetroitHockey.Net’s birthday comes up. Nothing makes me feel quite as old as this date, though I’m told my kid’s birthday will do it as well.

Today DH.N is seventeen years old. I’m not going to do my Old Man Rasmussen spiel, though. Because the biggest news out of the Red Wings for the last couple days has been about jersey numbers, I’m going to talk about seventeen for a bit.

The first Detroit #17 I remember was Gerard Gallant. Like probably any kid who became a Wings fan in the 1980s, for me, his is a name tied closely to Steve Yzerman as the pair helped lead the team out of the “Dead Wings” era.

After Gallant went to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the number went unused until Doug Brown picked it up during the (original) lockout-shortened 1995 season. Brown would go on to become an honorary member of Detroit’s Russian Five. He was integral enough to the 1997 and 1998 Stanley Cup Championship teams that when he was claimed by the Nashville Predators (who talked about naming him their first captain) in the expansion draft, the Wings traded to get him back. Detroit was the only stop in Brown’s career where he wore #17, though it wasn’t the only number he wore in Detroit. During a comeback attempt at training camp in 2002, Brown wore the #71 recently adopted by Daniel Cleary because Brett Hull had claimed #17.

Hull took #17 straight from Brown in 2001, as Brown wasn’t brought back that summer and Hull was brought on. Hull was briefly listed as #16 for the Red Wings, taking the number he’d worn for most of his career. The team’s unofficial retirement of that number for Vladimir Konstantinov held, though, and Hull ended up with #17 instead, another case where Detroit was the only stop where a player wore that number. I disagreed with the Hull signing at the time (what do I know?). Detroit’s Stanley Cup win in 2002 combined with Dallas’ in 1999, while Hull was wearing #22, gives Hull the distinction of winning two Cups while not wearing the jersey number he was famous for. Like Brown, Hull would go on to wear a different number in one training camp, adopting #80 in honor of Herb Brooks in 2003.

Brad Norton would be assigned #17 for his six forgettable games early in the 2006-07 season before trade deadline acquisition Kyle Calder claimed it when his usual #19 was – of course – unavailable. A trend continued, as for both players it was the only time in their careers where they had the number.

Returning to Detroit for the final season of his career that summer, Dallas Drake took on #17 as the #28 he wore in his first go-round with the Red Wings was in use by Brian Rafalski. The #18, #11 and #10 he’d previously worn in his career were also taken, marking yet another time #17 went to a player who had never worn it before and never would again. Drake would close out his career with a Stanley Cup Championship that season.

Number 17 sat dormant for two seasons before being assigned to its current holder, Patrick Eaves, in 2010. Eaves joined the Red Wings after the Boston Bruins (for whom he never played a game) bought out the contract they acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes in return for former Red Wing Aaron Ward. During his stints with the Ottawa Senators and the Hurricanes, Eaves had worn #44 but his arrival in Detroit coincided with Todd Bertuzzi‘s return to the team. Bertuzzi took #44, putting Eaves in need of a new number. Due to the Wings’ glut of forwards, Eaves’ future with the team is currently in doubt. If he doesn’t wear the number again he would be the sixth consecutive player to don #17 in Detroit and nowhere else.

Cleary Rejoins Red Wings

On the morning he was expected to take to the ice for the first time as a Philadelphia Flyer, Daniel Cleary is instead en route to Traverse City to rejoin the Detroit Red Wings at their training camp.

The Red Wings announced on Thursday morning that they had signed the veteran forward to a one-year contract. General manager Ken Holland revealed that the deal is worth $1.75 million.

Cleary had joined the Flyers on a pro try-out contract and had reportedly agreed to terms on a three-year deal that couldn’t become official until Philadelphia cleared salary cap space by placing Chris Pronger on long-term injured reserve. He was expected to skate with the team at 8:30 AM today but wasn’t present.

TSN’s Aaron Ward later stated via Twitter, “All indications are that Dan Cleary is going to join the Detroit Red Wings at Training Camp.”

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, who was the first to report on Cleary’s deal with the Flyers, later Tweeted, “And here we go: Per Daniel Cleary ‘Flying to Traverse. I’m back. Signing tonight.'”

The Red Wings now sit roughly $2.4 million over the salary cap and are carrying 17 forwards. They will need to be cap-compliant and down to 14 forwards in time for the start of the regular season.

Cleary had originally joined the Red Wings on a pro try-out after the 2005 NHL lockout, where he earned a spot with the team He’s been with the Wings ever since. He was reluctant to leave Detroit, as seen by his spurning of the longer deal for more money from the Flyers.