Free Agent Frenzy Open Post

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…

Ansar Khan @AnsarKhanMLive 5m

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:

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun 27s

Damien Brunner and Craig Adams both hitting UFA market

Ruh roh.

Updated 12:10 PM:

Helene St. James @HeleneStJames 24s

' 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

David Pagnotta @TheFourthPeriod 1m

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

James Mirtle @mirtle 1m

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:

Helene St. James @HeleneStJames 2m

Cap hit on new forward Daniel Alfredsson is $3.5 million, with bonuses can reach $5.5 million.

Updated 12:25 PM

Helene St. James @HeleneStJames 1m

are working on deal with C Stephen Weiss.


Updated 12:48 PM

Ansar Khan @AnsarKhanMLive 1m

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 – are they trying to tell us something?

 Updated at 1:11 PM

Bob Duff @asktheduffer 2m

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

Mike Heika @MikeHeika

Jim Nill said nothing imminent in free agency. Stars not in on Dan Cleary.


Updated 1:25 PM

Ansar Khan @AnsarKhanMLive

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

Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

DET closing in on Stephen Weiss.

I'm getting a lot of mixed feedback on this.

Updated 1:54 PM

Rich Smith @ALLsportsINTEL

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

Jim Matheson @NHLbyMatty

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

Steve Goldstein @goldieonice

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

Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie 

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 @HeleneStJames

Count these two out of 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

Nick Kypreos @RealKyper

not done as they have interest in Brenden Morrow .

Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

As per , 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)

Jordan_NOHS @Jordan_Reis

People need to quit freaking out about cap space. Bodies will be moved, RFAs will be signed. All is well

 Updated 3:38 PM

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

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

Ansar Khan(!) @AnsarKhanMLive

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 @HeleneStJames

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.