Owen Nolan Good fit for Red Wings

Owen Nolan’s disputed contract buyout should finally go through within the next few weeks making him an unrestricted free agent around the time the season starts.

Despite his health and age, Nolan could still be a strong winger that a number of teams should be looking at, and (when hes finally bought out) he’ll be the last of the big name free agents.

Quebec’s first round choice, first overall in the 1990 NHL entry draft has over 700 career NHL points and 1600 penalty minutes in 14 nhl seasons, his best coming with the sharks in 1999-2000 when he got 84 points.

A lot of people will be saying that at 33, with a bad back and currently injured knee, that Nolan is done, and they may be right. But I disagree. He’s a good power forward with a wicked slap shot and has always been a physical presence on the ice. If signed somewhere this year, if he stays healthy and picks up about where he left off, he should be a sure bet for 20 goals, and up to 50 or 60 points.

I think he would be a good fit in hockey town, why? Because if the season were to start today, 4 of the following guys would have to be in the wings line-up: Franzen, Hudler, Williams, Mowers, Bootland, Robinson, Samuelson, MacLean. Not that these guys couldn’t play at an NHL level, but with a veteran team like the Red Wings, I wouldn’t want 4 of these guys in the starting line-up. Adding one more veteran winger who could play on one of the top two lines would make sense, and givin his injuries and long contract dispute with Toronto, Owen would probably come at a price somewhere between $900k and $2 mil.

After signing Datsyuk the Red Wings are around 36 million dollars in team salary, and could afford Nolan for somewhere around a million, staying under the cap.

With Owen Nolan in the line-up, lines could change around and stuff obviously, but this is something close to what their lines could look like:

Shanny- Lang- Yzerman

Zetterberg- Datsyuk- Nolan

Maltby- Draper- Holmstrom

Mowers – Hudler – Williams (MacLean, Samuelson, Robinson, etc.)

This is pure opinion of mine, but you have to think its a possibility, and I think most Red Wing fans would like one more vet in there for offense. Don’t be shocked if and when Nolan signs, he ends up playing for the Red Wings.

I also think this would pull Detroit ahead of the pack a little in an improved Central Division. Doesn’t it seem like Detroit and St.Louis got a bit worse and everyone else got a lot better in that division?

– Mojo

75 Responses to Owen Nolan Good fit for Red Wings

  1. burnz30 says:

    Not going to happen. Buffalo will not spend a penny more than they already have. They have this stuid 3 pronged aproach to the cap.

    1. was to reduce payroll so that they would get assistance from the league in the form of revenue sharing.

    2. was to get the own payroll in line with how they veiwed a player’s worth to the team.

    3. was to increase attendace.

    Buffalo will not add more payroll.

  2. marcs797 says:

    i have a vanbeisbrouck flyers jersey.

    LOL tell me about it

  3. distance7 says:

    Since, you know, Ottawa has a history of winning more than Detroit.

  4. burnz30 says:

    Nolan had reconstructive knee surgery, which I believe to be about a 6 month recovery time. The surgery was done at the end of July, which brings us to at least Jan or Feb before he can rehab. No team will sign a player with that kind of history (he has had 2 knee operations in 2 years) without knowing for sure he is healthy. Plus, the situation with the Leafs is far from over. There have been no hearings or anythig. The PA has just recently filed a greivence on behalf of Nolan. I haven’t heard of a date for a hearing, either between the Leafs and the league or the league and the PA. I don’t think that either side is overly anxious to get started, as Nolan will not be ready for game action in ther near future. I don’t think this situation will be settled until the new year. Untill then, Nolan is off the market. Even after things are settled, teams will want to check him out before they commit any amount of money to him. It is entirely possible that he will loose the battle between him the the Leafs and not receive any money for this. If he doesn’t get anything from the Leafs he will probably want 2-3mil at least, and if he does win his case he may sign for much less than that. I don’t think he will win his case though.The Leafs doctors cleared him to train, and he didn’t ask for a second opinion. Then he dissapeared for several months. When he finally resurfaced, he had this injury that he claims he has had for several months during the lockout.

  5. mojo19 says:

    I agree that Nashville has a good team this year, and so does Chicago, because Khabiboulan can steal some games for them, and I like their younger guys (Bell, Arnason, Ruutu).

    I actually think this is going to be the most interesting division to follow, because even Colombus has a chance. But only if Nash is a premiere player, and Zherdev lights it up, and the rest of the guys do their part.

    But a note on Colombus picking up Berard this summer, he got almost 50 points last year in under 70 games with Chicago, if he could play in the top 2 pairing with steady defensive Foote, he could do some serious offensive damage.

  6. mojo19 says:

    Hahaha. So true. The Senators have a good looking team, but still have to prove themselves in the playoffs.

    But if they have room for Nolan and want him, I think he’d play well there too. I don’t know why a lot people seem to be down on every player who has injuries in the NHL, nolan is capable of being a somewhat valuable member of an NHL team. Im not saying he’ll be a superstar ever again, but a good player? Why not?

  7. mojo19 says:

    yeah, he didn’t claim to have that injury until the leafs wanted to buy out his contract.

    But given the things you said, that makes me think that if he recovers quickly and can play by February, then he could sign somewhere for even less than a million.

  8. shapter07 says:

    i think ppl think that becuase he scored against montreal he locked up a job…. just compare his goal to the two wellwood had…. i just hope quinn lets a few kids play like 95 percent of other teams

  9. habs79 says:

    If he wants to play it will have to be for less than 3 million unless he gets a contract that is a base salary say 1-1.5 million with incentives. Something like Allison got in Toronto.

  10. habs79 says:

    I have to admit it’s a realistic leaf trade comment. Which is the first one I’ve read on this site, and I will be the first to admit I haven’t read them all. Although I would have to ask what is your idea of an average prospect?

  11. habs79 says:

    I agree with both of you Wellwood and Steen should be on the team. However I doubt it will happen simply because of Pat Quinn, if Thomas is signed it will be Quinn’s doing. For the leafs to succeed they have to fire JFJ cause he already failed when he kept Pat Quinn instead of getting a coach to spearhead the rebuilding process.

  12. habs79 says:

    Actually that case is still in the court system, and in every case like this the team is 0 for 11.

  13. habs79 says:

    I got you all beat I have a Mogilny Buffalo and a Turgeon Montreal……..both players were traded within a month of me buying those jerseys………..lol

  14. tml28 says:

    i agree, i saw wellwoods goals, very good, but i read an article today in the sun and it said wellwood wants to spend 1 more year in the minors, thomas though will get signed bc he is a fan favorite, and steen will play

  15. tml28 says:

    Thank you, appreciate it, i think hes a prototypical leaf player, umm hmm lets see the prospect, somebody like Brad Leeb or Ian White

  16. tml28 says:

    not really sure on the prospect, any suggestions, idk cant really think of the right player

  17. habs79 says:

    Well Leeb I believe is around 30 years old so he is out. I would say Brandon Bell or Ian White could do depending of course of what offer they would get from other teams. Provided they are looking to move him because I read their first choices are Kozlov and Brylin, probably to make room for Praise.

  18. habs79 says:

    I read the same article he dosen’t want to go to the minors. He wouldn’t be upset if he was sent down. Just wanted to clear that up.

  19. dcz28 says:

    Thanks for the info on Krupp because i never heard anything about the settlement and like you i don’t think Wing management will make another mistake like that again…i’ve been racking my brain trying to find a bigger bust for free agents and i can’t think of a bigger one then Krupp so i think you might be right to put him as one of the biggest UFA busts in NHL history

  20. dcz28 says:

    First off Yzerman will not play centre he will play on the wing this season and you forgot Williams who has played good with Lang and Shanahan this pre-season…Delmore will play in the minors unless Lilja is hurt or does not play good as Bab***** said he wants to pair him with Lidstrom

    Lidstrom, Lilja

    Schneider, Fisher

    Chelios, Kronvall ….but that could change incase of

    injury or poor play

    The rest of the players who are fighting for spots at forward are: Rem Murray, Mark Mowers, Dan Lacouture, Mikael Samuelsson and youngsters like Matt Ellis, Jiri Hudler, Valtteri Filppula, Johan Franzen, Tomas Kopecky and i’m not sure why i have not seen Darryl Bootland but i think he should be in there since he plays a gritty game although he is not a big player at 6’2 202 listed on the Red Wing site but he could help in something the Wings need gritt

  21. goleafsgo1991 says:

    Right now their right side is Mowers, Williams, and Bootland.

    LW: Shanahan, Holmstrom, Zetterberg, Maltby

    C: Hudler, Yzerman, Draper, Lang, Datsyuk

    RW: Mowers, Bootland, Williams.

  22. GretzNYR99 says:

    Wow, the Rangers suck, big deal.

    Typical Leaf fan. Clueless, arrogant, and unrealistic.

    Do you wonder why people hate you all?

    Gretzky scored over a point a game with the Rangers, in a time where the NHL was converting to a defense first style of play. How exactly is that not good? Considering that the only people he had to play with that could score were Messier before he left for Vancouver and Graves after that, I don’t think that sucks.

    HAHA, The Wings? Sucking this year? I don’t think so. That defense alone is good enough to win them games. Their goaltending is questionable, but they’ll still make the playoffs, and still probably be a top 3 team in the west because the Central is still weak, despite Chicago’s improvement, they lack offense, and St. Louis downgraded heavily on defense.

    Seriously man, get a clue.

  23. GretzNYR99 says:

    No, it’s just completely off topic and inconsistent.

    You unrealistic dreamers have a habit of doing this, you don’t see me posting the Rangers forward lines like it has something to do with this post.

    Get real.

  24. detY192003 says:

    wow…that was your whole arguement. That totally went back to 4th grade style their. Rangers will suck..but detroit? are you on crack or something

    their Defense( nik Lidstorm, Schnieder, Fisher, the new guy with and L for his last name. Delmore will be fair as well as Chelios *getting to old*) is the BEST in the league. Philly could make a run for a good defense. their offense is going to be above average(Datsyuk,Zetterburg, Lang,SHanny,Stevie Y. all can and will produce). and goaltending yes is an issue I’d like to see addressed. but to say they are going to suck…you need to get an education.

  25. mojo19 says:

    how is brad leeb a prospect? Hes a career AHLer.

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