Responding to Red Wings fans over the club’s lack of significant moves this summer, and suggesting Stars forward Jamie Benn could use Jordan Eberle’s new contract as a comparable.
NHL PRO HOCKEY TALK: James O’Brien cited a recent post by Brandon Worley of “Defending Big D” suggesting Jordan Eberle’s new six-year, $36 million contract could have an effect upon the Dallas Stars contract negotiations with RFA forward Jamie Benn.
“While Taylor Hall is certainly a major factor as well, Eberle’s two-way ability and offensive dynamism is much more in line with what Jamie Benn brings to the Stars. The numbers are somewhat comparable as well, although Eberle’s point total was higher last season.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I was also curious if the new contracts signed by Eberle or Hall could have influence on Benn’s negotiations. He’s definitely in line for a significant raise, and I would argue he’s their most valuable player right now. Prior to this summer, I speculated Benn could get a five-year extension worth $5 million per, but considering what Hall and Eberle go, it could be much higher dollar-wise, and if they re-sign him before the expiration of the current CBA, could be six or seven years in length.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan responded to questions regarding the Detroit Red Wings lack of significant player acquisitions this summer. He points out the Wings made expensive bids for Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, who ultimately signed with Minnesota. They want Shane Doan, but aren’t willing to overpay for him, and weren’t the only club reluctant to sign Alexander Semin. They made what they considered a strong offer for Rick Nash, but the Columbus Blue Jackets weren’t trading him to Detroit. They had interest in Shea Weber but didn’t get a chance to send him an offer sheet, and made a pitch for Justin Schultz, who signed with Edmonton. They’ve had trade talks with Phoenix and Calgary for Keith Yandle and Jay Bouwmeester but their respective teams aren’t willing to move them. Khan doubts the Wings have the assets to land Yandle.
He does suggests Valtteri Filppula and Johan Franzen as possible trade chips, but using them to plug a hole on defense creates one at forward, and doubts they’d move Filppula. He also claims there’s no timetable regarding the Wings contract offer to Carlo Colaiacovo, but suggests Colaiacovo is taking a chance by dragging this out (it’s though he’s holding out for a three-year deal) as the Wings could consider other options. Khan doesn’t believe Wings management has any interest in UFA defenseman Cam Barker, citing the decline in his performance. The trade request by backup goalie Joey MacDonald has no bearing on other potential moves.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been a weird summer for the Red Wings. Usually, they’re a prime destination for free agent talent, but weren’t able to entice any of the best available players. As for trades, they lacked sufficient depth to land players like Nash, Yandle and Bouwmeester. As for Colaiacovo, he’s taking a gamble, though based on the lack of depth in quality blueliners still available, it’s one he’s willing to take. If the next NHL CBA forces rival clubs to dump some salary, the Wings could find some better trade options, but that’s not a certainty.