Sopel signs with Chicago
Brent Sopel took himself out of the running to be the Wings’ seventh defenseman on Friday. TSN.ca 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.
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.