From the Detroit News...
Everybody knows the Wings are going to have to clear some salary cap space to fit Andreas Lilja back on the roster. Lilja will play his final game at Grand Rapids on Friday and if all goes well, he will be back Saturday. That means Ken Holland is going to have to shed roughly $1.2 million off the books before the trade freeze goes into effect Friday afternoon (though the waiver wire is open beyond that).
Apparently the following teams are going to have scouts up in the press box:
Florida, Dallas, Vancouver, Washington, Edmonton, Tampa Bay, Montreal, New York Islanders, Ottawa and Chicago.
Dear Jeebus, that's a lot of teams. McCosky seems to think Jason Williams is the guy in the cross-hairs. It makes sense at $1.5 in Gary's Cap-hit and the fact that it's a one year deal that isn't likely to be re-upped.
But did we really give J-Willz a fair chance? He's played in less games than Ville "Boogerman" Leino and has more points. I can think of a couple other people we could move out..say Lebda, Meech, and/or May (or some combination).
Will the value of the draft pick that we get back be worth sending our only right-handed option on the 2nd PP unit? Not to mention, he was the only one to score on Tuesday's shootout. I suppose that it all depends on the offer Kenny Holland gets. But the fact that so many teams are sending scouts to JLA tonight makes me think this is for real.
But I have to ask you; is Jason Williams really the guy to trade?