OT: NHL free agency begins WINGS UPDATE

Submitted by TheDirtyD on July 1st, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Red Wings signed: Former Maple Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson to a two year 3mil deal. EDIT: Detroit has now signed Damien Brunner High scoring fast Swiss forward to a 1yr 2way deal. Babcock thinks he is a top 6 foreword right now. Mikael Samuelson Two years 3mil per season a full no trade clause is in his deal Jordin Tootoo 3 years 1.9 mil per season Parise and Suter remained un-signed Parise twitter says he has made a decision and will decide tomorrow Suters agent says he is un-decided


Jack Daniels

July 1st, 2012 at 1:05 PM ^

I think Illitch and Chris Chelios were going to visit Suter, but his agent said he would not meet face-to-face unless there were certain circumstances. Makes sense for Illitch to go with Holland to Toronto, then. Also, I picked up a nice little fact about Chelips' connection to Suter: Suter's uncle, Gary, apparently played with Chelios and they are great friends. So there's that.


July 1st, 2012 at 9:05 PM ^

Who hasn't met or doesn't know Chelios personally!?!?  I was at a restaurant in Chicago called Pizano's and the waiter we had spent a solid hour and a half at our table talking about Chelios and hockey.  Quite possibly the best restaurant experience I have ever had.


July 1st, 2012 at 2:03 PM ^

They played together in Chicago, and their kids played club hockey together as silver mites, along with Brent Sutter (Brandon is now in the league, obviously), and Eddie Belfour.

Somehow they were all selected to the same team (with black and red jersey colors), imagine that...


July 1st, 2012 at 9:30 PM ^

I'll take him if we can't get Parise or Nash.  Dats and Babcock won't let him pull the shit he pulled in DC.  Did you guys see the TSN commentators ripping on him? He was clearly disgruntled in DC.  he needs a change of sceneary.


July 1st, 2012 at 1:17 PM ^

I just hope we know whe destinations of Suter and Parise soon because then the Wings will know what they have to do via trade and have more time to figure it out.


July 1st, 2012 at 1:24 PM ^

I hope that the Wings' goaltending coach is very talented given his roller coaster like performance over the past several years in Toronto. Any Wings fan who sees this as a quality signing (even at that money) is drinking the kool aid. I like Ken Holland but I've watched Gustavsson for 3 years...enough said.

Gustavsson without the sort of pressure that is involved in playing in Toronto and as a confirmed #2 might work out. Twelve to twenty games a year, no more.

Stike A Pose

July 1st, 2012 at 1:33 PM ^

Heard a rumor on hockeybuzz.com (I know, I know) that the Wings would target Nash if they lost out on Parise.  As much as I love Parise, Nash would give the Wings something that they haven't had since Shanny in his prime.  An elite power forward. 

Nash and Suter would provide some nice protection to a team that badly needs it.

All in all, I don't really care who they get to play wing, as long as they get Suter to anchor the blue line.  Suter is the most needed UFA right now.


July 1st, 2012 at 1:33 PM ^

Do you guys think Suter is the real deal, or just merely a good solid defenseman who reaps some of the benefits of playing with Weber? Do you think the Wings will go after a different defenseman or sign two fairly high level D-man instead of spending a lot of cap space on one player? Anyone have thoughts on Jason Garrison? Where do you all think Brodeur ends up?


July 1st, 2012 at 1:41 PM ^

Very solid, plays the body well and understands the game. He's not going to put up Doughty or Green numbers at D but he's one of the best. The winter Olympics a few years back is a testament to that as well.

My bold prediction is that the wings get both Suter and Parise. We have 24 Million In cap space and are in perfect position to make a play on any free agent on the market, and more than 1 or 2 at that. Suter and Parise have grown up playing together through USA hockey and have expressed interest in playing together. They both want to win NOW so it's almost a NY Yankees situation, why not sign with Detroit.

My wildcard is Shane Doan, he's one of those players you hate playing against but love to have on your team and is exactly the type of power forward we need. I trust in Holland and Jim Dev more than any other GMs we got.

Clarence Beeks

July 1st, 2012 at 1:45 PM ^

Sort of lost in the shuffle, but Brodeur is testing free agency for the first time in his career.  Not saying that he won't be back in New Jersey next season, but that was an interesting development yesterday.

Avant's Hands

July 1st, 2012 at 6:50 PM ^

Their ownership is a mess right now and they are once again in danger of losing their best player to free agency. I highly doubt Marty leaves, but I think he will gauge interest and see where it is at this point of his career. Considering the pay cuts he has taken over the years so the Devils could sign better players, though, the Devils would be total dicks to let him walk instead of offering him a good deal.