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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.
Wings fans are always looking for players with “size”. We need to get bigger, tougher, stronger. Ever since Probert and Kocur departed, the Wings have always needed to “get bigger”!
Well, if your team needs to get bigger too, KK member Jdunc lists the UFA players that are “bigger”.
You can find them in this post at Abel to Yzerman (in the comments, 25 down).
Just remember, bigger doesn’t always equal grit or tough…
from the Detroit Free Press,
The Wings had offered Bertuzzi, acquired at the trade deadline in February to boost their playoff hopes, a one-year deal in the low $3-million range and worth nearly $4 million with bonuses.
“I would have loved to have Bert stay here,” general manger Ken Holland said, “but it’s the cap world. We weren’t prepared to offer a two-year deal.”
Holland said the team has to keep an eye on retaining its own elite players. That list starts with re-signing five-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom, who has one year left on his deal.
Henrik Zetterberg’s contract is up at the end of the 2008-09 season, but the Wings can start negotiating with him next summer. He’ll most assuredly cost at least the annual $6.7 million Pavel Datsyuk is making.
On top of that, Dan Cleary and Kris Draper will be eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer, and Valtteri Filppula will be restricted in a year.
more on the Wings including Hasek deal close…
from Red Wings Corner,
Holland said that Red Wings’ other three unrestricted free agents—Dominik Hasek, Danny Markov and Todd Bertuzzi—are still possible signees.
The Red Wings and Hasek talked several times Saturday. That the netminder hasn’t come to terms yet is somewhat perplexing to Holland.
“I’m cautiously optimistic ... I think he wants to see what we’ll do and how much cap space we’ll have,” said Holland. “At least that’s the way it appears.”
more on Rafalski…
Rafalski comes home, now a Wing, per TSN but their site is down…
Update 4:06pm ET:
Free agent defenceman Brian Rafalski has agreed to a five-year, $30 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings.
Rafalski is regarded as one of the top defenceman on this year’s free agent market.
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