Monday, July 25, 2005

Wings Sign Mark Mowers

According to the Portsmouth Herald, Mark Mowers signed a one year deal with the Wings, believed to be for the league minimum $450,000. It's actually a good deal for Mowers, since he made $450,000 during the 2003-2004 season, joining a small group of those who don't lose money with the new CBA. The Wings had no reason not to sign Mowers. With the need to fill in roster spots with cheap fourth-liners, Mowers, 31, is a good fit. He had three goals and eight assists in 52 games played last season, and played in Sweden and Switzerland during the lockout. The former Univerity of New Hampshire star remains unsure of his market value:
"You just don't know what the market's going to be. Some days I thought (the new structure) would help me and some days I thought it could hurt me."
Mowers actually had a deal to play for Fribourg-Gotteron of Switzerland next season, but an escape clause allowed him to sign back with the Wings. Actually, to be technical, Mowers only has a verbal agreement with the Wings, since the period to sign free agents begins August 1. The period for teams to negotiate with their own free agents began on Saturday (or is it the period to negotiate and sign own free agents? The NHL doesn't specify). The same goes for all players who are reported as "bought out" this week. In reality, these players are being placed on waivers, which they must clear during a 24 hour period before their clubs buy them out. The likelihood that teams select players from waivers is close to none. Why not just wait until their clubs buy them out and sign them for less? UPDATE 7/25 10:36 PM Here's a clip of an amazing goal by Mark Mowers, from the March 3, 2004 game against Calgary.


At 7/26/2005 05:45:00 PM, Blogger Matt Saler said...

Good to see Mowers back. He's got some jump and helped the Wings get through some tough injury-intensive stretches. That goal is another reason to keep him. Who knows what else he's got up his sleeve? With an increased role, we may see more of that from him.


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