From Portage Northern.
Reports going around the news that Red Wings D-Man Brian Rafalski will retire on Wednesday...
Probably because of the knee and back problems that have really hurt him the past few years. I did not see this coming, but this will probably be a better situation than a not healthy Rafalski for the future. The ultimate positive spin to this: That is $6 million more for Ken Holland to play with/make some magic happen.
TSN reporting (along with an explosion of Twitters) that the Red Wings and free agent goalie Evgeni Nakokov are close to terms on a deal.
However, there is a big snag to this...he would have to clear wavers. I have a hard time believeing he would make it all the way through (Tampa Bay comes to mind as someone in need of a goalie).
For sake of argument lets say it does go through, is this the end of Chris Osgood's career or does he try to get to another team? Do you think it will improve Jimmy Howard's play or will Nabokov actually challenge for the starting role in the playoffs? I really hope not because while he has been a good goalie in the regular season, he is complete dog shit in the playoffs (or Olympics) so I do not want him anywhere near the ice for the Wings in the playoffs.
EDIT: A couple of interesting tweets from Bob McKenzie at TSN
- My guess, and it's only that, is DET and Nabokov have a deal they can live with, but remains to be seen whether contract is legal per CBA
- Guessing there is something in deal to "discourage" other teams from claiming Nabby on waivers, but will it fly with NHL? Just a guess tho.
EDIT 2: From TSN, also being spread around the internet
According to those sources If completed, Nabokov will receive $570,000 for the remainder of the year, which pro-rated works out to roughly $250,000 on the Red Wings cap.
It is very hard to believe, for that money and cap hit, he will make it through wavers to the Wings.
According to the Free Press*, the Detroit Red Wings will announce the signing of Mike Modano Thursday. This adds third line depth with Jiri Hudler and the Red Wings become a very serious threat (more so than before) in the West. I really like their chances and my desire for hockey season just went up ten fold.
*Yeah the freep sucks, but they are the only outlet with the story at the moment so I am linking it.
I was looking over at Mlive.com to find out about anything sport realated since I had already read Mgoblog dry and I still had 4 hours left to work. I came across this article talking about the free agents the Pistons might be looking at.
The comments by wolv257 were awesome and probably the most concise I have ever seen.
Con: Ball hog.
Pro: Fire Bad!!!
Con: No eyebrows. Creepy.
Pro: Name rhymes with "Pimp Slap".
Con: Name rhymes with "Dog Crap".
Con: Too loyal. Sucker.
Here is the rest of the article:
Here are your unofficial Michigan free agency signings, for our boys who missed out on draft day, but will still look to earn an NFL paycheck (except Carson Butler, who will undoubtedly be cut after releasing a terror-spree the nerdy denizens of Wisconsin).
Full (and still unofficial) list can be found here: http://www.nepatriotsdraft.com/2009/04/2009-undrafted-free-agent-signing...
Will Johnson - Ravens
Brandon Harrison - Colts
Tim Jamison - Texans
Doug Dutch - Redskins
Sean Griffin - Seahawks
Carson Butler - Packers
Here's hoping these undrafted guys impress enough to crack the roster.