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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…
from Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press,
Plan A for Ken Holland should be gauging Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere’s interest in switching allegiances and becoming a Red Wing, if he’s available. How could the Wings not target him, especially if Giguere wins a second Conn Smythe Trophy in the upcoming Stanley Cup finals?
The bidding might reach $5 million a year. It doesn’t matter. Get it done and the Wings remain serious Cup contenders for at least the next two years.
If Jiggy isn’t giddy about coming here, then Hasek becomes a viable alternative.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
A declaration in this space two weeks ago that the Ducks would defeat the Red Wings in the Western Conference finals — and that Detroit could no longer call itself Hockeytown because games at Joe Louis Arena weren’t selling out — generated hundreds of impassioned responses.
Some were even free of obscenities….
The Ducks eliminated the Red Wings in six games and advanced to the Stanley Cup finals, but the idea here isn’t to gloat.
It’s to suggest that the unprecedented torrents of anger sent this way are better aimed at Mike Ilitch, the Red Wings’ owner, and the club executives who set playoff ticket prices too high for an area that has been gut-punched by the auto industry’s decline, the departure of Comerica Bank’s headquarters for Texas and growing unemployment.
read on (reg. req.)
from TBM at NBC Sports,
And more importantly, how much longer can the Wings rely on a core of players who are living monuments to the league’s history? Chris Chelios is 45, Dominik Hasek 42, and Nicklas Lidstrom and Schneider are 37. Chelios, Hasek and Schneider are all unrestricted free agents this summer, and you can bet all three will be back next season.
How much longer will the Red Wings keep trotting out these old warhorses? As long as they a) produce and b) work relatively cheap. Hasek and Chelios both make less than $1 million a year, which makes them cap friendly. If the NHL’s salary cap does approach the $50 million mark, look for Detroit to be active in the free agent market, pursuing players like Ryan Smyth and Chris Drury.
That would be just like the good old days for Detroit. And who knows about old times better than the Red Wings?
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