DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings took care of some pre-lockout business Thursday, signing free-agent defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and re-signing forward Justin Abdelkader.
Colaiacovo received a two-year contract worth an average of $2.5 million per season. Abdelkader inked a four-year deal, believed to be in the neighborhood of $1.7 million per season.
The moves will be announced on Friday.
No, Red Wings fans wanted Parise, Suter, Doan, Ryan, Schulz and Semin. Instead they got Tootoo, Abdelkdaer, Monster and Colaiacovo.
They are mad.
Pretty much this. Going to our team board right now is depressing. Wasn't a great off-season but the amount of vitriol being thrown around is pretty bad. Abdelkader can hold down the fourth line center role until Sheahan or Andersson are ready and is pretty good on the wing. For a guy that finished second on the team in hits, second on the team in faceoff percentage, is useful on the PK, plays up the lineup when injuries arrive and pops in the occasional goal I don't understand the hate. Seems people thought he was going to be a stud top 6 guy off his MSU glory. What he is has its uses but it seems he cannot win with half the fan-base.
Having both him and Helm locked up for what they are might be a touch high next season but can be real winning contracts down the line in my opinion.
How on earth does a guy of Abdelkader's quality get that kind of term? To say nothing of the salary...
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Historically no, but Zach Smith got basically the exact same deal in Ottawa. Curious to see if Abdelkader's agent tried to use Smith;s contract as a comparable.
They were asking for 2 million originally. Basically both Helm (asked for close to 2.5 from first reports) and Abdelkader were talked down a little bit from their believed asking prices. Part of the reason I cannot hate either one. They also both have the potential to be really nice signings by the time they hit the third and fourth year which bought both players out of UFA time.
For this kind of deal, Abdelkader needs to pick some aspect of the game and actually become good at it. He seemingly sticks in the NHL not by being good at anything, but by not being terrible at anything.
Interesting, guys like Abdelkader don't usually get 4 yrs off the bat.
Abdelkader is a guy who's ceiling is larger than most casual fans see. He's a big body with speed, size and power. $1.7 is a good number for both the Wings and himself. If he continues to evolve and mature, the Wings and fans will be quite happy with that number.