Well…it's time for the traditional Free Agent Open post. I'll keep this thing running with all the updates as often as I can.
We kick it off with a doozy…
Can confirm what has been reported, Daniel Alfredsson will sign 1-year deal with Red Wings after noon.
Updated: 11:53 AM via Red Wings Front:
The signing means that Daniel Cleary is likely not returning.
Cleary was apparently looking for $3 million per year. Kind of sad…I'm a sentimental guy.
Updated 12:08 PM:
Damien Brunner and Craig Adams both hitting UFA market
Updated 12:10 PM:
#RedWings' negotiations with Valtteri Filppula revealed he believes he's no. 1 center, should be paid as such.
Seriously, Val? Are you telling us that the reason you had such a lousy season last year is because your on the 2nd Line? Who else in the WORLD thinks that Val is a bonified #1 Center?
Updated 12:19 PM
Alfredsson paperwork being finalized with Detroit. 1-year, $5.5M contract.
I'm surprised at that figure…seems a bit high…or does it?
Updated 12:25 PM
Red Wings announce Daniel Alfredsson's deal. One year at $5.5-million cap hit. Lot of bonuses to get to that number though.
Details will come later.
Here they are:
Cap hit on new
#RedWings forward Daniel Alfredsson is $3.5 million, with bonuses can reach $5.5 million.
Updated 12:25 PM
#RedWings are working on deal with C Stephen Weiss.
Updated 12:48 PM
Wings are trying to work out a deal now with Stephen Weiss, who has been their primary target to fill second-line center spot.
Good choice of words "Fill second line center spot."
Updated (by me) at 1:08 PM
Stephen Weiss Career Stats: 654 GP – 145 G – 249 A – 394 PTS – 313 PIM
…apparently, Val was erased from NHL.com – are they trying to tell us something?
Updated at 1:11 PM
TSN reporting that Weiss is "leaning towards"
Looks like we're closing in.
Updated (by me) at 1:15 PM
Found Val's career stats:
483 GP – 100 G – 151 A – 251 P – 158 PIM
Updated 1:18 PM
Jim Nill said nothing imminent in free agency. Stars not in on Dan Cleary.
Updated 1:25 PM
Wings think they'll get Weiss, but are concerned Blues might outbid them in the end.
Twitter folks seem to say Grabovski if Weiss comes off of the table. With a better points-per-game average for Weiss vs Val…this war between Detroit and St. Louis could make or break Val's stance on his self-worth.
Updated 1:50 PM
DET closing in on Stephen Weiss.
I'm getting a lot of mixed feedback on this.
Updated 1:54 PM
NHL – Red Wings and Stephen Weiss have come to terms on a long term deal, terms not yet disclosed.
Looks like we won(?) the bid against St. Louis…
Hold the phone…
Updated 2:00 PM
Weiss is going to be $6 mil a year signing for Wings or Blues.
Dear god the brakes are squeaking LOUDLY on my enthusiasm about this deal (if it's with Detroit). Paying Weiss $6 million when we chewed out Val for wanting $5 million is CRAZY.
Updated 2:10 PM
Stephen Weiss to the Red wings reportedly a done deal.
Looks like the deal is back on? If it's for $6 million, I'm going to sh*t a chicken.
Updated 2:19 PM
Stephen Weiss to DET is done. 5 years, $4.9M.
Kept it under $5 million for a player who has been more productive than Filppula. I'll settle down now.
Updated 2:40 PM
Helene St. James
Count these two out of
#RedWings picture: Valtteri Filppula and Damien Brunner.
Brunner looking for big money? That would make me a sad panda.
Updated (by me) at 2:50 PM
Franzen – Datsyuk – Abdelkader
Alfredsson – Weiss – Zetterberg
Third and Fourth line players to fill in…Helm, Nyquist, Andersson, Emmerton, Miller, Eaves, Tatar, Bertuzzi, Samuelsson…holy crap – look at our forwards.
Updated 2:55 PM
@Real_ESPNLeBrun, Valteri Filppula agrees to 5 year deal for $5M per year with TB.
So again…it was all about getting that $5 million dollars and not really about actually BEING that 1st line center. Disappointing end to the run with my wife's favorite Wing.
Updated 3:22 PM (just because I liked this one from Jordan)
People need to quit freaking out about cap space. Bodies will be moved, RFAs will be signed. All is well
Updated 3:38 PM
Lots of action on UFA winger Dan Cleary. Wings still in the mix
Looks like we have just north of $2 million in Cap space…
Updated 6:11 PM
Wings sign forward Luke Glendening to 1-year, 2-way deal. He flourished in AHL playoffs for Grand Rapids.
Didn't follow the Griffs this year but apparently he was a key piece and adds to our deep pool of prospects. Always thinking many steps ahead.
Also, about an hour ago:
Helene St. James
Ken Holland: "Still like to look at making move or two, might take month or two to shape roster."
Ken Holland: "Still in touch with Daniel Cleary, expect Damien Brunner to be moving on to another situation…. But been a tremendous day."
Updated 6:11 PM
Damien Brunner officially turns back on Wings. Gustav Nyquist exhales, smiles, pats self gently.
I don't know who that Sullyosis character is on Twitter but damn, his avatar is sweet.