Swinggg and a miss. Today, the Red Wings missed out on signing Matt Niskanen, Dan Boyle, and others to reasonable contracts. Niskanen signed with Washington for seven years and $40+ million. Boyle signed with the New York Rangers for two year and $9 million.
Per Ansar Khan, the Red Wings offered Boyle three years and $12.5 million, but he declined in favor of the Rangers. Niskanen followed his former defensive coach from Pittsburgh to Washington. Todd Rierden also got former Penguin Brooks Orpik to DC, but the Caps grossly overpaid (over $5 million per season for five years).
With the market thinning out, we signed Kyle Quincey.. I am only okay with this if Ken Holland and company can still pull off a trade. Hopefully Quincey will be on the third pairing an help Danny DeKeyser develop more. In addition to Quincey, they are looking to the trade market for a top defenseman. Could Keith Yandle, Tyler Myers, or another young defenseman be available for a reasonable price?
The Red Wings did sign Kevin Porter to a two-way deal to add depth in Grand Rapids. It’s good to see the University of Michigan alum back in Michigan.
As for everyone else, there were some good deals and some bad ones. They are summarized below in the SOLID and LOL categories:
Ryan Miller to Vancouver
Boyle to New York
Jim Nill acquiring Jason Spezza from Ottawa
Benoit Pouliot to Edmonton (five years at $4 million per year)
Orpik to DC
Florida drawing names out of a hat to sign
Stay tuned tomorrow for more updates and commentary. Hopefully the Red Wings can add and not subtract key pieces.