Hudler Bolts for KHL

July 8, 2009, by

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.


  1. Jordan says:

    One of my best friends is a Red Wings fanatic and he is losing his mind. He is beside himself wondering what his team is thinking just letting people walk.

    I don’t think they should have signed Hossa to a long term deal with the likes of Franzen and Zetterberg, that just seems like too much money committed for too long.

    The Wings will have to do something though, and they will.

    • Dave says:

      Well, the cap hits for those long term deals really isn’t that bad. It’s just really weird to see Hudler bolt Detroit for so little.