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by Paul on 08/03/05 at 08:09 AM ET
from Mlive, The floodgates were opened for NHL free agents on Tuesday, but the Detroit Red Wings did not dip into the pool.
Wings general manager Ken Holland said he is waiting for the second wave. He's focused on re-signing his own players and picking up a couple of complementary pieces, as opposed to adding any core players.
A big chunk of that money could go to young stars Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, a pair of restricted free agents whose high contract demands have the Wings in a bind. With a salary cap of $39 million, Holland doesn't know how much money he can spend until he finds out how much it will cost to bring back Datsyuk and Zetterberg.
Some things are clear, however:
# The Wings are no longer in the bidding for Tampa Bay goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, whose demands for money (reportedly more than $7 million per season) and term (five years) were too much.
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