Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/31/06 at 08:24 AM ET
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is in active pursuit of defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom. The Steve Yzerman front, however, remains quiet. Holland said Tuesday he has begun negotiations with Don Meehan, the agent for Lidstrom. The Wings had hoped to keep Lidstrom in the $7-million range, but those hopes may have been crushed last week when Tampa Bay made forward Brad Richards the second-highest paid player in the NHL at $7.8 million. The Richards signing could have repercussions throughout the league; in Lidstrom's case, it means he is likelier to cost closer to $8 million per season. "We're early in the process and I expect that we're going to have further discussions over the next couple of weeks," Holland said.continued...more Wing UFA talk...
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