Modano a Wing?
Posted July 02, 2010 - 01:06 PM
Posted July 02, 2010 - 08:10 PM
Holland also asked about Slava Kozlov. Similarly, not gonna happen.
I'd love it if either of those cases did happen but the Wings already have 14 forwards, 13 if they risk sending Mattias Ritola through waivers. They want a grit guy they can sign to a two-way deal and bring up when needed, Modano is not that.
Posted July 06, 2010 - 08:10 AM
Maybe Rule of Cool applies here. Modano on the Wings would be frikkin' sweet so it doesn't matter that it doesn't fit Detroit's previously-stated offseason plan.
Posted July 07, 2010 - 01:44 PM
My first thought was that there was no way it would happen. Modano's not the gritty fourth-liner the Wings said they were looking for. He doesn't come at the league minimum salary. It's not a fit.
Of course, I wanted it to happen because Modano's one of the great American players of all-time. The storyline is great, with Modano coming to Detroit and ending his career with his hometown team. And over the holiday weekend, as rumors started heating up, it was easy to change my mind.
Modano is a much better third-line center than Justin Abdelkader. He's a second-unit power play threat. He's a veteran leader on a team whose forward corps is very young (by Detroit standards). The cost would be marginal, with Mattias Ritola being waived to go to Grand Rapids, a move the Red Wings seemingly planned for anyway by giving him a two-way deal last spring.
Today, I'm on the negative side again. Forget the salary cap, the cost will be too high based on roster limits alone.
The Red Wings currently have 14 forwards, 7 defensemen and two goalies, assuming all three of their remaining unsigned restricted free agents return. That's a 23-man lineup, the league max.
Yes, Ritola could be waived. He might make it through to GR. He's the only one who might, though.
Subtracting Ritola and adding Modano still puts the Red Wings at 23 men. Two extra forwards, one extra defenseman, no third-string goalie. While it could work, I don't think it's worth the risk.
If Jimmy Howard or Chris Osgood got hurt, there'd be no roster spot for a short-term call-up of Joey MacDonald. If two defensemen went down at once the Wings would be short on the blueline.
The Wings might be in that kind of situation without Modano. Or they could go all season with no injuries (or only injuries to forwards). That doesn't mean tempting fate is the right decision.
Of course, if they could swing a deal where they at least got something in return for some of their depth, that changes everything.
Posted July 07, 2010 - 08:52 PM
Posted July 07, 2010 - 09:37 PM
Scratching a player just means they're not in the lineup on a given night.
MacDonald can be called up at any time but in order to make room on the roster (not necessarily in the lineup) for him then Wings would need to remove a player from that roster.
But much of the buzz seems to be that moving Drew Miller and/or Derek Meech won't be a big deal, so maybe I'm worrying too much about roster limits. Or maybe people just want this to work. I want it to work, I just don't see it as a fit right now. Maybe by the end of the summer it will be one.
Posted July 07, 2010 - 10:50 PM
Posted July 08, 2010 - 06:10 AM
Right now I'm guessing #27 (which he's worn in the All-Star Game when #9 was taken) or #8 (with Abdelkader switching). I'd prefer to see him in #90 or #91 'cause I think they look cool (and if Meech can take Shanahan's number, Modano certainly can have Fedorov's).
Posted July 08, 2010 - 07:23 PM
It'll be interesting!
Posted August 02, 2010 - 11:58 PM
"Big announcement Thursday," Modano reportedly sent in a text Monday.
Modano had previously declared that he would not decide his future until he began skating on August 5 (Thursday).
In addition to the Red Wings, he has entertained offers from the Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks. Detroit was the only team he actually visited, meeting with general manager Ken Holland and coach Mike Babcock for lunch and a Detroit Tigers game last month.
Modano would center the Red Wings' third line with Jiri Hudler and Dan Cleary and could play the point on the second power play unit, replacing Justin Williams.
Posted August 03, 2010 - 02:15 PM
The recap as of right now...
Modano will join the Red Wings next season, likely at $1.25 million but the contract is not yet signed.
That part is expected to happen Friday. Modano returns from a golfing trip in Scotland on Thursday night and the Red Wings will have a press conference at the Joe at 2:30 PM the next day.
Malik may have misinterpreted St. James' note about Modano's jersey number. He says #90 is set in stone while she says it's leaning that way. I personally like #90 better than the also-rumored #27 but prefer #91 to both, though it may never have been an option.
Posted August 05, 2010 - 10:28 AM
Posted August 05, 2010 - 12:32 PM
The Wings have officially announced the deal, with his introduction now scheduled for 2:00 PM tomorrow. He'll wear #90.
Facebook just posted a link, so if it's facebook official it's gotta be real then!
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