Shockingly, the Wings have released Dan Cloutier. Thus ends one of the most bemusing training camp tryouts that I've seen in a while. I have a theory about this, though. I think it's all part of an intricately planned strategy by Ken Holland. You see, he figured he'd go ahead and invite Cloutier to camp with no intention of offering him a contract. Then, other teams around the league might look at him and think to themselves, "Well the Wings gave him a tryout. He can't be that bad. Right?" And then maybe, just maybe, someone will offer him a contract, thus destroying their chances of playoff success. Even if nobody signs him and he ends up in Europe (which is probably more likely), at least we all got a good laugh out of it. Plus, we got to resurrect those classic beach ball Photoshops for another round of fun.
Think about it though. Kenny Holland's a smart man. There has to be a method to the madness. It makes sense in the strange, twisted way that things make sense when you've been up since 5:30 AM and it's now 1 AM.