Holland declined to comment on Jason Williams’ revelation that the Red Wings offered him a one-year contract, saying only that he has had conversations with several player agents, including the one for Williams.
Jason’s “excitement” to come back and play for Babcock may have been as well grounded as Sportsnet.ca’s story about Hudler staying in Detroit (they fixed the website if you didn’t notice).
“We’re exploring the market,” Holland said. “We don’t have a lot of (salary) cap space. We’d like to add a forward or two between now and September.”
September? Are you REALLY planning on making us wait until September, Tick Tock? This has already been the slowest of slow seasons in recent memory. And most news has been bad news. Come on, Kenny…throw us a freakin’ bone here.
Taylor Pyatt, who played for Vancouver last season, and Manny Malhotra, who played for Columbus, do not appear to be on the Red Wings’ shopping list.
Pyatt’s agent, Todd Christie, said he has had no conversations with anyone in Detroit.
Squashed. Pyatt was one of the guys I thought might be a good fit. He has good size and strength and the youth factor. “Excuse me, Mule…could you show me how to do that?” Oh well, looks like Kenny’s not interested.
Malhotra’s agent, Paul Krepelka, said he made a pitch to the Red Wings on July 1 but hasn’t spoken to anyone in the organization since then.
HE made the pitch? It’s been 30 days and we’re not even giving this guy the time of day to even speak? The Detroit brass must have been entirely un-impressed with what they saw in this guy. Maybe it was the whole ‘goal off the glove’ incident (?)
Let’s recapitulate some of the free agents we have discussed on here on how they currently stand with the Wings organ-i-zation:
Jason Williams: No comment
Todd Bertuzzi: Heading East (refuses to play for another Canadian team)
Taylor Pyatt: No calls made
Manny Malhotra: Call received, but made no call back
Petr Sykora: Contacted
Mike Grier: Contacted…”interested”
Blair Betts: ???
Andy Hilbert: ???
Maxim Afinogenov: ???