- Red Wings close to resigning Lilja. Why. Why would they be close to signing Lilja. These two should be far, far away from one another in terms of a "deal". Lilja is probably expecting around a million/per, which is about what he made (stole?) last season -- and the Wings should be seeking some sort of reparations from Lilja's innate ability to always make the wrong decision with the puck.
- Ken Holland doesn't want to spend more than 4-5 million on Mats Sundin, others willing. I would love -- LOVE -- to have Sundin. Love it. I've said this many times already. I say this while feeling like there is like a 1% chance that he signs. On the other hand, I would feel compelled to rip any hockey player who's 37, hasn't won a Cup, has been losing in Toronto since around the time I was learning cursive, is a Swedish guy and has an opportunity to play year-round with our mini Swedish national team and STILL doesn't sign with us. I mean, come the fuck on, Mats. Just sign.
- Good discussion on A2Y about whether Stuart will resign, whether it's worth it for what he (probably) wants, and some dude's "connections" reporting the Jaromir Jagr is meeting with Detroit this week. I don't really believe the last one, but I don't want Jagr anyway. While the scoring would obviously be nice, the rest of his game is the antithesis of what this team is about. I do, however, love the thought of Jagr going half-assed on a backcheck during the first game of the year, leading to Babcock running out on the ice and head-butting him unconscious. As for Stuart, I tend to agree with some of the commenters that Holland isn't going to give him a shit-ton of money to be the 4th best defenseman, and as a 20-something UFA, it's a little silly to think Stuart is going to stay for below what he's worth. I'm still holding out hope, though.
- Magglio hits the DL. That kinda sucks. How many different guys can get oblique injuries in one season? This is getting out of hand.
- Preview of the big Tigers/Twins series. The Twins are weird ... they don't scare me, but they have a Jason Voorhees quality about them. Not this season, just this whole fucking decade -- every year you think they're going to finally suck again, and every year they seem to contend for the division. And for the record, I picked the White Sox and the Twins to finish 4-5 in the Central this year. Why do I even write about sports.
- After being more excited for this draft than any other since the "Darko Draft" of 2003, it came and went without anything Earth-shattering taking place. We were anticipating the possibility of something huge going down via trade (although not totally expecting it), and instead the Pistons buffed up their D-League team with 3 second rounders. The most notable of which being some dude named Walter Sharpe. With some appealing names still on the board when it came time for the Pistons make the 29th overall pick, they took power forward D.J. White from Indiana. I was significantly bummed -- I wanted Chris Douglas-Roberts (turns out he didn't want to come to Detroit anyway ... that fucker). I was also confused as to why Dumars would take a duplicate of Jason Maxiell. While watching it with my dad, I said that this didn't make much sense, and I had a feeling that something was going to happen (it would've been nice if the ESPN guys made any speculation; they were too busy talking to people's moms and making Stephen A. Smith have awkward, 8 second inteviews with the drafted players). So, shortly after that, I was talking to Brent about it and before I could even say it, he goes, "They'll probably just trade him." Sure enough, they then traded White to Seattle for two second rounders, and along with their original second round pick, we now have three more guys who I know absolutely nothing about. Despite the lack of significant action, I still think Joe has something brewing.
- Chad Ford's ranking of the best free agents. Not too interested in #1 on that list.
- Notes from Lions Mini-camp. Feel the excitement! Exclamation points!
- First round pick in trouble. Awesome start, guy.
- One of these days I'll have more to say on the Lions than one sentence.