Sopel to tryout with Wings
Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed, Monday, that three free agents with NHL experience will try out at the team's main camp this week: defensemen Brent Sopel and Jassen Cullimore and forward Aaron Downey.
Here's how I had Detroit's blue line depth chart when I put together my FanHouse preview yesterday:
Lidstrom-LiljaPut Sopel in there, and that's a solid group. Kyle Quincey and Derek Meech are solid enough options for depth, but until Jakub Kindl settles in, there's little beyond that, and this is a team expected to contend for the Stanley Cup again this season.
Acquiring a capable veteran in who can fill-in on the power play in a pinch is a good idea (as long as you keep him far away from elite opposition), especially if you can walk away should he have a poor camp. Expect to see more of the loafers on this list to take similar invites with other clubs.
Cullimore and Downey are playing for spots in Grand Rapids.