NHL Free Agency: Detroit Red Wings Miss out on Big Names, but Save Big Money

July 2nd, 2011 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
Did you ever score a nice wad of cash for a birthday when you were a kid?

Maybe you banked 100, even 150 bucks from caring but unimaginative aunts, uncles, grandmas and grandpas who thought a 10-year-old would make a better financial decision with their money than they could.

You get your mom to take you to the mall where visions of new hockey sticks, video games and the hottest new toys dance through your head.

As you survey the options, you realize most of what you wanted to get simply isn't available.

You might fork over $10 or so on some hockey cards and candy, just to whet your appetite for the spending spree you had your heart set on, but ultimately go home still up 140 clams, and without any major goodies to show for it.

This is essentially what happened to the Detroit Red Wings yesterday.

As July 1st approached, all in Hockeytown, including Ken Holland, expected the Wings to be quite active and ready to make a serious dent in the $16 million of cap space they had to replace retired defender Brian Rafalski, shore up the rest of the defense, and add a secondary scorer or two.

But, when the day came, ...

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