If you weren't already a Washington Capitals fan, you might be inclined to jump aboard after yesterday's transaction. The defending Patrick Division champions signed their second former Wolverine in as many weeks, adding 1997 Hobey Baker winner Brendan Morrison to play center alongside fellow Michigan alumnus Mike Knuble.
More pertinent to Red Wings fans is the interesting scrum concerning Jiri Hudler's 2-year deal with Dynamo Moscow. I'm sure Wings fans want Hudler to stay, but not at the expense of his passion for hockey. I don't know anything about him; will he mope and pout if forced to return to Detroit? Statistically, he had a fine year last year--23 goals, 57 points, 82 games played--and perhaps more importantly, he's only 25 years old. How important is Hudler to the Red Wings, and does Hossa's departure (or, more accurately, Mikael Samuelsson's) heighten their need for him?
Finally, the NHL's Winter Classic, for my money one of the best sporting events of the year, has a home for the 2010 season: Boston's Fenway Park. The Bruins will play there against either the Philadelphia Old Mike Knubles or the Washington Refurbished Mike Knubles; either way, it will be super cool as usual. However, I would implore the NHL to consider an all-Canada Winter Classic in the near future. Although not nearly as many Americans watched 2003's Heritage Classic as they did the 2008 and 2009 Winter Classics, that experience was so mesmerizing it would be a shame not to replicate it. Bruins fans are pretty fickle, and although that would mean nothing to an instant sellout like this, I think it would be absolutely amazing to genuine hockey fans around the world to see a game between the Canadiens and the Maple Leafs at Molson Stadium.