Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/26/05 at 05:33 PM ET
ed Wings GM Ken Holland will meet with future Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman later this week to iron out the Detroit captain's future. "I'm looking forward to sitting down and talking to Steve," Holland said Tuesday from Detroit. "Beyond that, I have no idea if Steve wants to play or doesn't want to play. I've made no contract offer to Steve. We just are planning to meet." If Yzerman, 40, wants to play one more season, it will definitely be in Hockeytown regardless of the fact he's eligible to be an unrestricted free agent as of Monday. "He's already said he's not going to play anywhere else," Holland said. The classy Yzerman has spent his entire 21-year career in Detroit.update 3:45pm, In a related note, Holland was just on Detroit radio and said the Wings are done buying out any players. Holland also mentioned Shanahan has until 5pm Thursday to tell the Wings if he is coming back or not. Also talked about Datsyuk. Pavel's agent says he has not signed a contract with a Russian team, but has a very nice offer on the table. Under the deal with the IIHF, if Pavel does sign with the Russian team, the Wings will have until August 15th to sign him and that contract would overrule the Russian one. So basically Holland is looking at August 15th as a deadline to get a deal done with Datsyuk.
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