Latest Red Wings and Penguins Rumors – May 15, 2011.

Updates on the status of the Red Wings free agents, and the likelihood (or not) of Jaromir Jagr returning to the Penguins.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports no one is questioning the heart of the Detroit Red Wings but observed they have few core players under thirty and the sheer volume of playoff battles are catching up to them. He points out they need a top-four defenseman 25-or-under, but if they were to take a run at Atlanta’s Zach Bogosian they might have to give up a player like 27-year-old Valtteri Filppula, rather than the under-achieving Jiri Hudler.

MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports Kris Draper and Chris Osgood would love to continue playing but they also have family considerations. Mike Modano said there’s a 75% chance he’ll retire, and Jonathan Ericsson admitted he’d like to remain but his future with the Wings is uncertain. Ericsson had previously spurned a multi-year deal worth $2 million per season. UFAs Drew Miller and Patrick Eaves also said they’d like to return, although Khan suggested they could get more money and bigger roles with other teams.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Red Wings fans probably didn’t like reading what Matheson wrote but I believe he’s made a valid point. The Wings core isn’t getting any younger and while they do have some good young players only two- Jimmy Howard and perhaps Filppula – could be considered indispensable right now.If they’re to acquire quality young talent it might have to be via trade, but there’s no guarantee they’ll land someone like Bogosian. Still, GM Ken Holland has been able to keep this club perpetually stocked with quality talent for years and will undoubtedly continue to do so.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Dejan Kovacevic suggested it might be worthwhile for the Penguins to consider bringing back Jaromir Jagr, but Shelly Anderson reports a couple of sources with knowledge of Jagr’s status claim he’s spoken with several Russian teams, including SKA St. Petersburg, and isn’t seriously considering an NHL comeback.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Jagr were really keen to return to the NHL he would’ve done it long ago.



  1. wings are gonna get bogosian weber jagr gagne and tavares this offseason awesome!

  2. The Wings don’t have quality young players? Perhaps not so much on their current roster, but they have a plethora of exciting offensive forwards that they have drafted in recent years. They have plenty of time to develop them. They do need (eventually) a quality young defenseman, but I doubt they will overpay for Bogosian.

    Will Eaves really get a bigger role with another team? The guy was lucky to get a contract 2 years ago and Detroit has groomed him into a premier penalty killer who can also score 10 or so goals. He will resign with Detroit. Drew Miller? Same story.

    If Ericsson really turned down a multi-year deal worth 2 mil per season I have to question his intelligence. He won’t do any better on the open market.

  3. Haha, so long Ericsson

  4. The wings have several young promising players in GR, bu will need to bridge the gap while they mature. Players like Nyquist, Tartar and Smith will eventually make the bigs but the Wings tend to let players develop longer than most clubs. The Wings may make a trade for Bogosian, but I doubt Fillpula will be part of he deal. He along with Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Kronwall and Franzen make up the core.

    I doubt Hudler will bring in Bogosian, and more will need to be added to make a deal. They will need to decide about Stuart, Ericcson, Cleary, Helm and the eventuall loss of Lidstrom. Salei, Draper, Modano and Osgood are all probably gone. Holland will need to work his magic to contine to field a team that can make a run at the cup.

  5. Fillpula for Bogosian should be a no brainer !