So much for my pipe dream of dealing Girardi for Jiri Hudler, as he is bolting for the KHL, signing a one-year/$2 million deal with the Dynamo Moscow.
My first reaction, only $2 million? Really? What was Detroit offering that they couldn’t pony up that cash, especially after losing Hossa and Samuelsson? He made $1.15 million last year, so this would almost be a 100% raise. Detroit is losing a lot of players, it will be interesting to see how they respond in the coming weeks, and in the upcoming season.
I really want to know what Detroit was offering in terms of their ridiculous long-term deals.
In other news, I’m sure you heard that Joe Sakic is retiring. As Stas put it earlier, he’s the last of the great 90′s captains to retire. Imagine what could have been if the Avs didn’t match the Rangers offer sheet in 1997. So long Joe, the Hall will be calling in a few years.