Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Wings Sign Defenseman Andy Delmore

The Wings have signed defenseman Andy Delmore to a one-year, $450,000 contract. The contract is two-way, meaning the Wings could send him down to the Griffins. The 28-year-old Windsor native potentially becomes the Wings' seventh defenseman, joining Nicklas Lidstrom, Jiri Fischer, Chris Chelios, Jamie Rivers, Niklas Kronwall (unsigned), and Mathieu Schneider. Says Delmore:
"It's been a dream of mine to play for Detroit. I used to go to every Red Wings game. Having a chance to play there is very exciting for me and my family. Growing up here, it was Detroit, Detroit for me."
Says GM Ken Holland:
"We're thrilled because of his experience, skill and mobility. I think he's a great addition. The style of the new NHL is geared towards skill and Andy has got skill...He's got to make the club. He understands the possibility he may end up in the minors, but that was a chance he was willing to take."
Delmore was considering joining the Coyotes, but ultimately chose Detroit for its skill-oriented play and the chance to fulfill a childhood dream of wearing the Winged-Wheel. Delmore had a rough stint in Buffalo last season, but prior to that racked up 34 goals and 72 points in 144 games with the Predators. He is not known for being a physical defenseman, but is regarded as one of the better offensive defensemen in the league. Says Holland:
"He's not a big, physical, guy but we've had a number of defencemen here through the years like that who have played well. I think he's going to be a real find for us."
And as for progress with signing Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Kronwall, Holland says "I can't say we're close to anything on any front." Great.


At 8/16/2005 04:24:00 PM, Anonymous Lindsey Ungar said...

Delmore was a train wreck in Buffalo. Hopefully the Wings can get him back on track. Probably Babcock's best bet is to keep him as a seventh defenseman and just put him on the power play.

At 8/16/2005 10:13:00 PM, Blogger Brian List said...

Probably Babcock's best bet is to keep him as a seventh defenseman and just put him on the power play.

Yeah, I read somewhere he's a powerplay specialist. The Wings definitely need that! The end of last season into the playoffs we were just awful with the man advantage.

At 8/18/2005 02:05:00 PM, Blogger Tom L said...

We were warned by the Nashville guys that he was a complete defensive liability. We laughed it off, saying Zhitnik or whoever would be able to handle it.

They called him Any Elmore.... no D. We laughed. By mid-season, we cried.

Best of luck on this one. But, you've been warned.

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At 8/18/2005 04:21:00 PM, Blogger Matt Saler said...

Gee, that's encouraging. Thanks for the heads up. We'll be sure to keep our expectations low so we won't be disappointed. I suspect the Wings have much the same mindset, with that two-way contract and all.

Maybe playing with Nick Lidstrom will improve his defensive capabilities.


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