I know this has been known for a while now about Hudler signing with a Russian Elite League team over resigning with the Detroit Red Wings. What has changed is that an arbitrator has awarded Hudler $5.75M from the Red Wings over 2 years if he was to return to the Wings. Detroit also keeps his rights if he decides to return to the league.
Therefore, it is official that Hudler will be leaving the Wings and going over to Russia to play for $10M.
Detroit is going to need some of the depth and youth to step up big time. There are a lot of goals and assists gone from the roster this year. We have to find the players to replace Hossa (40-31-71), Samuelsson (19-21-40), Kopecky (6-13-19), and Hudler (23-34-57). Thats 88 goals, 99 assists, and 187 total points to replace. Not to mention Detroit has to replace a solid contributing goaltender in Ty Conklin who had a line of 25-11-2 with 6 shutouts.
So, does Detroit have any money left over with Hudler officially gone to sign a free agent that is still without a team? Or do they just go into next season without putting more money on the books?
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