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Here it is, June 27th but the headlines at Red Wings World ($39.95 to join and run by the Detroit Red Wings) still read…
The 2007 NHL Draft: June 22-23
With the 27th pick overall the experts expect the Red Wings to draft defenseman Tommy Cross, but don’t be surprised if they select Oscar Moller (C) or Bill Sweatt (LW).
Not much else to say…
Wings GM Ken Holland was just on WDFN radio in Detroit… Holland mentioned how scary it would be right now if Datsyuk would be a UFA.
He is confident Hasek will sign and claims Wings will have between $11-$13 million to spend. Wants to get Schneider signed and continues to talk to Bertuzzi’s agent.
Regarding Bertuzzi, said he could sign a 1yr contract with bonuses because he was on IR last year. Wings doctors tell Holland his back is 100%, but he basically missed a year of hockey. Wings feel he can be a 80 point man.
Holland was asked about Nashville, said everyone wants to see them stay. Not good for the league if they move.
from Ansar Khan at Mlive,
By all indications, the Wings will sign Dominik Hasek later in the week. They’ll end up paying a little more than they anticipated, probably a base salary around $2.5 million, with another $1 million-plus in bonuses, but it’ll be worth it.
more on the Wings…
From Ted Kulfan at Detroit News,
Beyond the draft, the Wings are trying to assess the free-agent market. Teams can sign unrestricted free agents beginning July 1.
In the meantime, the Wings continue to negotiate with their players, who are eligible to become free agents.
Holland expects to be busy talking with the agents for defensemen Mathieu Schneider and Danny Markov, goaltender Dominik Hasek and forward Todd Bertuzzi.
Holland and Hasek’s agent, Ritch Winter, are expected to work out a one-year contract long before July 1—possibly even this weekend.
It gets a bit dicey with the other free agents.
from the Detroit Free Press,
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has a full lineup of player agent meetings scheduled over the next few days in an attempt to lock up most of his free agents before the market opens.
One player who will not be asked back, though, is center Robert Lang.
“I’ve contacted Petr Svoboda, and told him we will not be offering a contract to Robert Lang,” Holland said today.
from the Detroit News,
Then there’s Schneider, who along with his agent, Mike Gillis, likely saw Monday’s announcement about Philadelphia acquiring potential unrestricted free-agent defenseman Kimmo Timonen from Nashville and quickly signing Timonen to a six-year contract worth $37.8 million. Timonen had 55 points (13 goals, 42 assists) in 80 games with Nashville.
Schneider had 52 points (11 goals, 41 assists) in 68 games with the Wings. He earned $3.3 million, in one of his best seasons. Holland said the Wings have interest in Schneider but only so many dollars to spend.
more... Holland will meet the agents’ for Hasek and Bertuzzi this week…
The Gov. of Michigan wants to institute a 6% luxury tax on ticket sales.
Christy at Behind the Jersey has all the details…
Not sure how I feel about this yet- The tax would require the owner to pay the tax on every ticket sold. Eventually, the fans would be paying for it, or will they?
Lubos Brabec of eNHL.cz did an email inteview with Dominik Hasek in the last few days.
With the help of Roman Jedlicka, also of eNHL.cz, following is the translation of the interview.
Dominic Hasek will return to Detroit to mind the net for another season, Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland said today.
Holland is in talks with Hasek’s agent, Ritch Winter, on the terms of another one-year contract with the 42-year-old goaltender, and they hope to have a deal in place by next week’s NHL Entry Draft.
Now for any of you who emailed me stating Dwayne said he wasn’t coming back, take this back to him and stop falling for his sthick.
added 7:49pm, from the Detroit Free Press,
“Dom is coming back, I talked to both him and his agent today, and they both confirmed he is coming back,” Holland said. “I really kind of knew on Friday, but I told Dom’s agent I wanted to make sure Dom is comfortable with the decision. He’s got the support of his family. He’s excited about going to Traverse City for camp.”
more and Holland doesn’t see the contract being an issue. If Holland says that, book it folks!
From John Niyo at the Detroit News,
A decade later, it’s still so difficult to separate the two, to recall the triumph without running into the tragedy. It was 10 years ago today that a celebration for the ages ground to a sickening halt in Hockeytown, only six days after it began when the Red Wings ended a 42-year championship drought by hoisting the Stanley Cup.
On June 13, 1997—a Friday the 13th, as fate would have it—a limousine crash that nearly killed defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov and team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov, and seriously injured teammate Slava Fetisov, turned a stretch of Woodward Avenue into a crime scene and sent an entire city into mourning.
*thanks to Joe for the pointer
added 2:15pm, Joe Pelletier just sent me a link to a Wings 1998 Tribute Video to Vladimir and Sergei.- Paul
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