Detroit — It is official.
Jiri Hudler is signed, sealed and delivered and will return to the Red Wings for at least the next two seasons.
General manager Ken Holland confirmed Monday afternoon that Hudler will earn $2.75 million next season and $3 million in 2011-2012, making his salary cap hit at $2.875 million.
For the sixth time in these playoffs, the Habs are in a must win situation. If they lose, they go home. If they win, they play at least one more game. The Habs are 5-0 in elimination games in the playoffs. But, the Flyers are 2-0 when having the chance of eliminating their opponent. They were down 3-1 to the Washington Capitals in the Quarter-Final. They managed to win three games in a row to pull off an upset against the President’s Trophy winners.
The Sharks and Patrick Marleau are going to have to decide over the next two months if they have a future together.
But Sunday, the player who scored five of San Jose’s seven goals in the Western Conference finals, sort of sounded like someone who wanted to stay where he is after his contract expires June 30.
Since returning from an ankle injury, Michael Leighton has been brilliant in the postseason – he has outplayed Boston’s Tuukka Rask and Montreal’s Jaroslav Halak – so it’s not surprising that signing the blossoming goalie is on the Flyers’ off-season to-do list, according to a club source.
Leighton can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Canadiens defenseman Jaroslav Spacek said he didn’t do it.
In fact, when informed yesterday that sand might have been poured in the hallway that leads from the Flyers’ locker room to the ice at the Bell Centre in Montreal before Game 4, Spacek said he was curious why so many Flyers needed to leave the ice.