Gloom and…well I wouldn’t say “doom”…but most certainly gloom surrounding the quiet off-season that Detroit is having this summer.
With big departures like Nick Lidstrom and Brad Stuart and Jiri Hudler (less so) and Tomas Holmstrom (probably)- we were expecting big additions like Ryan Suter or Zach Parise or Alex Semin or Matt Carle or Jason Garrison.
Or Shane Doan.
Instead – it appears that re-adding Mikael Samuelsson and getting Jordin Tootoo (who has a history of drinking problems and couldn’t crack Nashville’s lineup last season) along with looking inward to our crop of home grown youth seems to be the answer.
We opened up our check book to two players and when it didn’t happen we made a concsious decision to not over-pay for mediocrity or potential.
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Case in point – Shane Doan would be a great addition to Detroit. He’s a feisty veteran who is a wrecking ball come play-off time. Is he any sort of savior-type? Hardly. But would be a decent contributor. But he’s not coming to Detroit. It just ain’t happening.
“Ken made an offer, but we haven’t countered or had much negotiation.” –Kerry Bross, Shane Doan’s agent.
That quote comes to us from Khan(!) who has a source who reports that an Eastern Conference team has offered a four-year, $30 million contract. The source also said that the Wings were hoping to sign him for three years at between $4.5 – $5 million.
The agent says that no one has been eliminated from contention – but we all knnow that’s just a ploy to leverage his negotiating power. We all need to prepare ourselves for the fact that Shane Doan will remain an enemy of Hockeytown.
$6+ million for a 35 year old who puts up decent but declining numbers? Yeah – I can’t say I really blame Holland for pulling out of the running if that’s what he decides to do. If it wasn’t for all of the players we have failed to sign up to this point – this would seem like a no-brainer.
The restlessness continues.
Does Ken Holland have some inside information about the CBA talks? Hmmm….