Okay, so I died there for a little bit on the blogging-front. But I was also gone for four days this past weekend and missed out on the celebrating Homer's re-signing festivities. I suppose I should do a bit of an overview on all the rumors and ramblings I've heard since the last time I updated.
1. Nick Lidstrom has re-signed for $6.2 million. It's higher than I wanted it to be, but not as high as I was expecting. He gave us enough money to go out and buy a solid third/fourth line guy to fill in some gaps. And he wasn't about to take a massive salary slash like Yzerman did because Stevie did it to keep Hull and Robitaille, which was the right thing to do.
So we aren't losing both our Captains in this off season. And the day Lidstrom re-signed, I worked a midshift and got into an argument with a customer/friend because he hated the fact that we re-signed Lidstrom. I basically told him to shove off and be a bandwagon Penguins fan [no offense to any knowledgeable Pens fans who may stumble upon this blog]. If you can't enjoy the fact that one of the greatest defensemen of all time is staying another year on your team, you shouldn't be a fan of said team.
2. Homer signed! Two years, $3.75 million. What did I say in that one post of mine way back in the day? That we'd sign Homer for around $2mill. I'm glad to see him return. And because he signed a two-year deal, I think Lidstrom will stay another year after this one, unless he suddenly takes a turn for the worse or we totally tank out.
3. I read that we offered Bertuzzi a two-year deal worth a little less than what he made this year (which was $1.5mill). Honestly, I would be happy if Bert re-signed. I know Wings fans are split on him and I know I was angry when we re-signed him last off-season and was flip-floppy throughout the season. But he came up big when we needed him and played solid hockey.
4. Hey Kovalchuk, want to come be Datsyuk's winger for $2mill? You'll be on a team that has a legitimate chance to win the Cup!
But the important thing is that Lidstrom was re-signed, and Homer, too. Sooner or later, I should have an actual blog post of importance on here. Or at least another comic.