Hudler’s Coming Home

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From Khan(!) yesterday…

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said he expects to finalize the details of Jiri Hudler’s return for next season with the forward’s agent this week.

Hudler has told the Red Wings he will be back next season, after spending one year in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League. The Red Wings are hesitant to announce the return until Hudler’s camp makes it official, which should happen in the next few days.

Hudler, 26, has a two-year contract with Detroit with a salary cap hit of $2.875 million, a deal the sides agreed to before an arbitration hearing last summer.

And no, he can’t be re-called to play in tomorrow’s game.

The $2.875 million that was awarded to Hudler in arbitration last summer seemed more than fair.  But when you look at a guy like Todd Bertuzzi, who produced comparable points for half the money…you start to wonder if it’s fair value…I suppose we’ll have to see what Huds gained/lost during his time overseas.

Taking Hudler’s Cap hit into account, the Wings have $43.6 million tied up in 14 players heading into next season:

Forwards:

  1. Pavel Datsyuk
  2. Henrik Zetterberg
  3. Johan Franzen
  4. Valtteri Filppula
  5. Dan Cleary
  6. Kris Draper
  7. Jiri Hudler

Defensemen:

  1.  Brian Rafalski
  2.  Brad Stuart
  3.  Niklas Kronwall
  4. Jonathan Ericsson
  5. Jakub Kindl

Goaltenders:

  1. Jimmy Howard
  2. Chris Osgood

The Cap is supposed to stay about the same or may even increase slightly from the $56.8 million mark that it’s at right now.  That leaves $13.2 million to re-sign Lidstrom (if he wants), The Namesake, Abdelkader, Holmstrom, Eaves, Lilja and Miller.

Should be interesting.

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