Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger 3m
Det signs J.Kindl 4 years $9.6M.
My first reaction is great signing. If Kindl continues to grow this could end up being the best contract on the team very soon. I thought he showed a lot of improvement last year, very happy with this.
I didn't expect either side to commit beyond 2 years. The Wings haven't been sold on JK, and JK must have been frustrated at times with the Wings.
I like Kindl. He's never going to a great two-way guy and I think he's always going to have glaring giveaways on the breakout.
But Kronwall hasn't been very good on the PP. We could hand that job off to Kindl, who manages the blueline in a way reminiscent of Lidstrom.
We could also jack up his stats doing this.
Two years from now, when Sproul, Ouellete, Jensen, Backman and Marchenko may be ready for a job -- Kindl with a 12 goal, 50 point season and 2 years left on a great deal might have tremendous trade value.
The cap hit pretty much confirms that Cola is gone, I'm confident they are trading him away now. I'm just hoping that we don't overpay some of our other RFA's. I feel that the number is quite high because this is locking up Kindl through his prime UFA years.
Not sure if I like it. I've never been a big fan of his & I don't think he'll get past our bottom pairing. But if the Wings believe that he will continue to develop & become a number 4, or higher, for us then I guess it's not bad.
I guess we can expect to see CC bought out soon then.