Saturday, September 29, 2007

Sopel signs with Chicago

Brent Sopel took himself out of the running to be the Wings’ seventh defenseman on Friday. reported that Sopel agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Sopel was supposed to play in Friday’s exhibition game at Toronto. A spokesman for the Wings told me that Sopel did travel to Toronto with the team, but told them he had agreed to a deal with another team.
Interesting, especially considering the teams are division rivals.

The 'Hawks' brass must have been scouting the Red Wings' camp and/or preseason games, and seen something they liked in Sopel — especially given they ponied up $1.5-million for the veteran blueliner. Chicago certainly needed more experience on defence, although Sopel's a pretty high risk type to bring in.

Wings coach Mike Babcock didn't exactly seem enamoured with his play anyway.

Expect Derek Meech to grab that final spot on the defence.

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At 4:42 p.m., September 29, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

Markov must be really expensive

At 4:47 p.m., September 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sopel doesn't make the Hawks blueline better. Just more expensivve.

At 10:45 p.m., September 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sopel is only 30, with some good size, an established NHL defenseman capable of putting up 20-35 points in a support role.

I'm surprised the best he could do was only a tryout with the Wings, ending with a 1.5 mill deal in Chicago.


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