Originally written on Nightmare on Helm Street  |  Last updated 7/3/12
Tick Tock.  The waiting is killing me.  

Not just for Suter / Parise news, but for my power to be restored.   Haven't had power since Friday.  Life is tough when you live like the Amish.  

I've been doing my best to follow Twitter (hey, there IS a use for Twitter!) for updates...but all I've been updated on is that no decision is imminent.   I don't like the feel that I've been getting on Parise and have no idea what to think of Suter's wait.   I'd say if we pick up one the two right now, and get a solid plan B player for the other spot, I'd say it's been a successful free agency.  

Even though I'm a few days late, I still figure I'll comment on the other surprising moves that Detroit has made.  Hit the jump for my thoughts while we wait.

Jonas Gustavsson:  

Can I say called that?  Twice?  Is this proof that Kenny reads NOHS?  I'm going to say it is.   This might be my proudest internet moment.  I couldn't be happier with this move and I think this gives us two goaltenders that can win a series; something that only a few people can say.   Boom.  Grade: A



Mikael Samuelsson:

I hated this move at first.  I always used to hate Sammy and his shoot not-withstanding any reason attitude and the stupid way he spells his name.  But he's a guy who actually fits pretty well into the Hudler hole.  He can be counted on for around 18-22 goals this year and actually played solid defense.  For 3 million in this new era of cap spending, that's pretty reasonable.  I'm ok with this.  Plus, this means that TTD can interview Sammy more often.  

Jordan Tootoo: 


First thing I texted back to Drew was "WTF???"  I was pissed about this signing.  Tootoo, at least on the ice, is a douche.  Holland said that he wanted someone outside his comfort-zone and he found him.  But then someone explained how much easier our 4th line was to play against this year as compared to 2008. Tootoo adds that level of grit and dirt that we haven't had since McCarty, Drake, and Maltby.   I wish this was for a little less money, but putting him with Abby on the 4th line makes that line hell to play against.  He's said the right things too: 

"It's definitely a great honor to be able to have that opportunity to put on a Red Wings jersey. Original Six team. There's a lot of history with the Red Wings. I obviously played against them the last (eight) years. It's always been a great rivalry. I know a lot about the team. It was a great fit for me.

"A few teams were interested and Mr. Holland made a quick phone call," Tootoo said. "I thought this was the best opportunity for me to win a Stanley Cup. Ultimately, that's my goal and I feel the Red Wings are right there.

Tootoo put up 30 points last year in a limited role, more than Helm, Miller, Abby, and Emmerton.  That's something, because he brings more grit than all those guys other than Helm too.   If he's not a douchebag, then I can deal with this signing.   Grade: B (but that hurts to write, so TBD).  

Now, Tootoo, needs to get on the horn with Suter and remind him that yes, Detroit is consistantly the best opportunity to win the Stanley Cup.   And remember this, as TPL put it: 

Remember, the Flames committed 16M to Hudler. The Red Wings committed 16.05M to Samuelsson, Tootoo, Gustavsson, and Brunner combined.

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