Ken Holland was on WDFN this morning, talked with Don Meehan, Lidstrom's agent yesterdayand they are talking again today. Contract talks are moving forward and Holland says Nick wants to remain a Wing and the Wings want him.
Shanahan talks not going so well and Osgood should have an answer by tomorrow afternoon.
Regarding Yzerman, Holland says Steve is struggling with decision. If his knee was healthy, no doubt he would be back. But he has pain some days and that is the question. Says he will give him as much time as he needs with his decision.
Talking goaltender, a lot of teams have made trade offers to him. Wants to get to July 1st, there are UFAs he wants to talk to. Some may sign with their current team, but things will shake out after the UFA period starts.
Was asked if Osgood could be #1, Ken responded they feel more comfortable with him as a backup or as a 1A goalie. It is a matter of how they want to spend their money. Says goalies are available in the $4-5 million range and there are goalies in the $1.5-2 million range that are available.
On Jimmy Howard, he sees him in Grand Rapids this year but if he has a great camp he could make the team but he has to play no matter where he is. Did not have a very good post-season and has parts of his game that need to be worked on.
Holland was asked if the Wings should shake it up or fine tune. Holland says the Wings are turning over their team to players like Datsyuk, Zetterber and Kronwall. Players like Chelios and Yzerman still have great passion for the game and will help out. Holland does not want to go into that 4-5 year dip where teams have to re-build by the draft. He wants to continue winning but is trying to avoid that "dip" period. He still thinks the Wings are close but have to find a goalie and get Lidstrom signed.
added 11:49am, from the Bay City Times via Mlive,
'It's hard to know,'' Devellano said, when asked to predict now what Yzerman might decide. ''None of us feel it's up to us to tell him it's time.''
In other words, for all he's done for an organization he led out of the dark ages to what has been for the better part of two decades the NHL's glamour franchise, Yzerman has earned the right to make the call - and either way the club will abide by it.
But it was clear in a near hour-long conversation with Devellano that the club is hoping the captain will call it a career - for his own good.