The Blackhawks struck gold in this year’s free agency period, signing Marian Hossa and Thomas Kopecky from the Red Wings. Hossa’s deal is 12 years $63.5 million and Kopecky’s is for 2 years. Hossa signed with an up and coming team and the rivalry will certainly heat up between the Blackhawks and Red Wings. The young Blackhawks got some much needed experience and got much better offensively. Kopecky adds some physical grittiness, valuable come playoff time. Chicago showed their confidence in Huet by letting Khabibulin leave for the next 4 years in Edmonton.
Marian Gaborik signed a 5 year $37 million dollar deal with the New York Rangers. The rebuilding Rangers signed the dynamic Slovak, who despite his injury problems is ultra talented.
Although I wanted the Wings to sign him, in not doing so Holland puts Detroit well under the cap. Conklin was also allowed to leave in free agency going to St Louis for the next two years.
This should be a quiet year for the Red Wings, as the only players they would sign is someone for depth or a role player or two.