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by Paul on 06/22/06 at 06:22 PM ET
Ken Holland (in Vancouver) on Detroit radio at 5pm. Has had no talk with Keenan about the availability of Luongo. Said he has talked to Florida in the last 3-4 months, and told them if Luongo is going to be offered for trade, please make sure we are included in the talks. As far as Holland knows, Luongo is not being offered to anyone right now.
Says his goal is still to sign Lidstrom, considers him the top defenseman in the league. Will meet with Nick and his agent this weekend and try to make some progress.
Ken believes there will be lots of talk this weekend, his #1 priority is goaltending, but how much to spend or what direction they will go with a goalie is still up in the air.
Holland mentioned Zetterberg is not going anywhere, Datsyuk and Kronwall are others who would be very difficult to trade. He would like to sit down with Datsyuk's agent in the near future and talk extension, since he is in the last year of the contract.
Holland mentioned the rumor in Vancouver is Chara will sign with Ottawa. If the Wings sign Lidstrom, they would have no interest in him.
Holland was asked about Bertuzzi, he mentioned he won't talk specific players, but if he goes out and signs a high priced player, he has to see how it would look down the road. If this player has three years left on his contract, he has to make sure it is a fit for the next three years, just not this year.
Holland things the Wings are still close, knows he has to make a significant move, and they will be right there. Mentioned looking for size on defense and getting a little grit up-front.
Holland was asked about an Osgood and Howard goalie tandem. He stated he would like to come out of camp with Howard at #3. Had a so-so playoffs, needs to work on some parts of his game. Wants Howard to compete for a job, if he beats someone out, Wings are then dealing with a strength position.
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