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Kevin Allen reported earlier this morning on WDFN in Detroit that the Wings have signed Dallas Drake.
added 11:28am, from Ansar Khan at Mlive,
We’re very pleased to have Dallas join the Red Wings,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a release. “He’s a very physical player who will add grit to our lineup and make our team even more difficult to play against. He’s a veteran player and you can never have enough experience and leadership on a team.”
from Larry Wigge at NHL.com,
“We think he’s a perfect addition to our team,” Holland said. “He’s been a premier defenseman in the League for a number of years. He can play in every situation—power play, penalty kill, against the other teams’ best players.
“With his mobility and puckhandling skills, he is a perfect fit for our style of play. We wanted three puck-moving defensemen—and now with Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian and Niklas Kronvall we have that.”
A couple years ago, another player told me; “Forget the size. Rafalski can control a game with his skating, shooting and his smarts.”
The player was Mario Lemieux. Can’t get better than that kind of compliment, can you?
more on Rafalski and the Central Division…
from Phil Coffey at NHL.com,
A vintage Dominik Hasek is like a classic chess master, seemingly knowing every move opponents are going to make before they make them, Wigge said of Hasek. He stares down his opponent like a witness to a crime scrutinizing suspects in a lineup. His green eyes glare with attentiveness, noting every detail. He hates to even let in a goal in practice. His style is almost like an attack mode.
From Ted Kulfan at the Detroit News,
The Red Wings have signed goalie Dominik Hasek to a one-year contract.
Hasek, 42, told the team back in mid-June he would be returning for one more season, beginning several weeks of contract negotiations between Wings general manager Ken Holland and Hasek’s agent Ritch Winter.
Terms of the contract weren’t immediately released, although it’s expected Hasek will earn a base salary slightly over $2 million with bonuses.
added 10:13pm, from the Detroit Free Press,
“It appears I’ve got a deal,” Holland said.
Holland said he expected to wrap things up Friday morning with Hasek’s agent, Ritch Winter.
“I haven’t talked to Dom, and he hasn’t signed it,” Holland said. “My expectation is we’re either done or we’re very close.”
from Ansar Khan at Mlive,
Holland said he has about $7 million to spend under the salary cap. Goaltender Dominik Hasek will apparently be more costly to re-sign than originally anticipated. Holland again said they’re close to a deal and that there’s no reason to believe he won’t return.
The Wings would like to sign a top-six forward, but only to a short-term deal for a reasonable amount.
“To think you’re going to get a top-six forward of any significance (at a low price), you’re dreaming,’’ Holland said. “We might have to start the year with what we got and see what trade deadline does.’‘
more on the Wings, including Hudler trying to get faster and Brad Ference did sign…
NHLPA is listing 07/08 compensation for Hudler, see Gorilla Crouch for the details.
FYI, a few of the Wings MSMs have blogged today, no update on this…
update 7/5/07, from Mlive,
The Wings have signed restricted free-agent forward Jiri Hudler. They’ve yet to announce the deal, so the term is uncertain. But, according to the NHLPA web site, he’ll earn $880,000 next season. He made $525,000 last season.
added 7/507, 2yr deal, Wings confirm.
$880K year one and $1.15M for year 2. Thanks to a KK member for the info.
from the Detroit Free Press via the Santa Barbara News,
On defense, the team will miss Schneider’s power-play acumen, but his replacement, Brian Rafalski, is four years younger and a better all-around player.
It may be tempting the fates to write this, but Niklas Kronwall, whose long history of fluky injuries hints at some sort of curse, is due to play a full season. There’s no question he has the skills of a top defenseman, and maybe this is the year we’ll see them displayed continually….
Once Dominik Hasek re-signs, the Wings will have an elite NHL goaltender, a five-time Norris Trophy winner, two superstar forwards and good surrounding players, many of whom are young. They’re no longer able to keep everyone every summer, but a look at their roster shows they’ll remain among the NHL’s contenders.
more on the Wings outlook for next season…
Holland made it sound that Rafalski’s signing signals the team won’t look to resign free agent Danny Markov, who earned $2.5 million last season.
“Another (defenceman) isn’t our priority,” Holland said. “We’re not looking for anybody significant. If we’re going to do something on D, maybe it’s a month from now.”
Holland does hope to have goalie Dominik Hasek signed before the end of this week. Both sides seem to agree that Detroit is where the 42-year-old goaltender wants to be.
“(Agent) Ritch Winter told me Dom wants to be here,” Holland said. “We’re close in a lot of area. I’m hoping to finish this off in a day or two.”
more on the Wings… inlcuding no more “big” signings…
In response to your emails, Hasek is not going to LA and Raycroft is not coming to Detroit.
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