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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
Chris Chelios will return for his 24th NHL season after re-signing with the Wings today, according to a Wings press release.
Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland today announced the team has re-signed defenseman Chris Chelios to a one-year contract. In keeping with club policy, additional terms of the deal are not available.
“Chris is coming off another outstanding season and was one of the best defensemen on any team through three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs,” said Holland.
from the Windsor Star,
Dominik Hasek’s agent Rich Winter confirmed Monday that the Detroit Red Wings goaltender has made his decision about his future with the team, but he wanted to inform Wings management first.
Winter, who was decidedly upbeat in discussing Hasek’s plans, hinted that the 42-year-old is coming back.
Winter said he expected an announcement in the next day or two.
continued... plus talk on the other UFAs from the Wings…
from the Detroit Free Press,
Now, on the grassy median that splits Woodward Avenue just south of Big Beaver Road in Birmingham, there is nothing. There is no reminder that this sliver of grass was the site of Detroit’s most notorious limousine accident.
This Wednesday, June 13, 10 years will have passed since that crash, 10 years since this region spilled into the streets celebrating a Stanley Cup for the first time in 42 years, and 10 years since that celebration was stopped cold after a limousine carrying two Red Wings and the team’s masseur hopped a curb on southbound Woodward, veered into a pole in the median and smashed into that tree, leaving two of them in intensive care.
The Wings will have four options if Hasek decides to retire with #4 most likely to happen…
from Ansar Khan at Mlive,
4. Sign a low-priced veteran free agent to a short-term deal.
This seems like their most likely course of action if Hasek retires. Bring in a veteran who won’t break the bank to either compete with Osgood or be the No. 1 guy for one or two years. The problem is, the pickings are slim. Mathieu Garon of Los Angeles, David Aebischer of Montreal and Ed Belfour of Florida are in this group.
This only further goes to show how much the Wings need Hasek back for one more run at the Cup.
read on for the other three…
from the Detroit Free Press,
Dominik Hasek, believed to be leaning toward returning, has informed the Red Wings he will let them know his decision within a week.
“I talked earlier this week with Dom’s agent, and he said he’d let us know by the middle of the next week at the latest,” general manager Ken Holland said today.
via Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
The National Hockey League plans to play host to another outdoor game on New Year’s Day 2008. The host team has yet to be determined, but this time the game is not expected to be held in Canada. Detroit, Buffalo and Pittsburgh are three of the interested teams. The 2007-08 NHL schedule is not expected to be finalized until mid-July.
Sort of a slow news day as folks fly and recover in Anaheim. So I thought we could help Wings GM Ken Holland out with a contract offer to Hasek.
Last year Dom had a base salary of $750K and earned an additional $900K in bonuses.
What amount of the cap would you offer him for next season if he decides to play one more year?
from the AP via ESPN,
Dominik Hasek will wait a few weeks before deciding whether to return to the Detroit Red Wings next season or retire.
“Me and my family have to make the decision,” said the 42-year-old goaltender, who signed a one-year incentive-laden contract with Detroit last summer.
It turned out to be a good move for both sides as Hasek backstopped the Red Wings to the Western Conference finals, where Detroit was eliminated in six games by the Anaheim Ducks.
“Physically, I felt great this season,” Hasek said.
continued...plus Bertuzzi wants to stay in Detroit…
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