Saturday, August 22, 2009

Salary Cap Impacts Signings

It was an interesting week for Red Wings signings. Trying to generate some offense for the coming season after losing some offensive power with the departures of Hosa, Samuelsson and Hudler (largely due to salary cap issues) the Wings have signed former team members Jason Williams and Todd Bertuzzi to one year deals. Williams got dealt to the Blackhawks at the trading deadline in 2007 and spent the 2008-2009 as a free agent signing for the Atlanta Thrashers before being dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Since playing for the Red Wings at the closing of the 2007 season Bertuzzi spent the past two seasons in Anaheim and Calgary.

We'll see if this helps the Wings situation but the Hat Trick is not hopeful...I think the days of the Wings dominating ended with the Game 7 loss to the Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals. The loss of Hosa, Samuelsson and Hudler real have a real impact, especially with Hosa going to the resurging Chicago Blackhawks (under the leadership of General Manager Stan Bowman, Scotty's son, where Scotty is also a consultant). For Red Wings fans used to being one of the elite teams, we may have to adjust our expectations as the 2008-2009 season gets started.

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