Kris Draper, Adrian Aucoin, Rick Nash, Paul Kariya and Patrick Lalime participated in the Central Division Conference call yesterday. Well worth the time to read the long transcript.
Q. Kris, especially in light of Pavel Datsyuk's apparent decision to stay in Russia, could you talk about how the Red Wings have been affected by the new CBA and by the salary cap and how much the team has changed as a result of that?
KRIS DRAPER: It's definitely affected us a lot. Not only were we unable to get Pavel signed, we also had to buy out three quality hockey players and three quality people in Darren McCarty, Ray Whitney and Derian Hatcher. That's the unfortunate thing of what this has done. It kind of handcuffed Detroit. We had a lot of money tied into a lot of players. Kenny had to step up and make some changes to free up some money.
The transcript of the conference call can be found in the comment section of this post.