Posted February 06, 2010 - 12:38 PM
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen only makes $200,000 less than Leino so this move alone doesn't solve the Red Wings' cap problems. Add in the fact that the Detroit blueline is already overloaded and you can see another move is coming.
The way I see it, there are two possibilities.
Tollefsen was acquired simply to be bought out, much like the Boston Bruins did with Patrick Eaves last summer. From what I understand, buying out Tollefsen means the Wings will have shed $500,000 from this year's cap. Still not enough but a start.
The other option is that Tollefsen takes over as the Wings' depth defenseman making both Brett Lebda and Derek Meech expendable. If that's the case, the Wings will have dropped $1.333 million from their cap this season, a decent number.
This move was not about talent or potential or a need at a given position, simply a financal deal.
Posted February 06, 2010 - 12:53 PM
The Wings of late have given their newest players numbers that belonged to players moved during the season. Justin Abdelkader inherited #8 from Matt Ellis. Brad Stuart got #23 from Brett Engelhardt (who never actually played for the Wings but was assigned that number out of training camp before being traded for Francis Lemieux). Drew Miller got the #20 that Brad May wore for a game.
As the #21 is the only jersey worn this year by someone no longer in the organization, I think it's prime to be given to Tollefsen.
Posted February 06, 2010 - 01:19 PM
Good to know. I saw the injury report however, I couldn't find anything that said how long he was out.Kronner is back on Tuesday, out today. Was about to post that in a GDT for today but the trade broke.
What is the latest on Kronwall? I was out all week.
Posted February 06, 2010 - 03:56 PM
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