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by Paul on 06/21/11 at 01:26 PM ET
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star, Currently,
Detroit lists four defencemen from last year’s team under contract -Lidstrom, Niklas Kronwall, Brad Stuart and Jakub Kindl. Unrestricted free agent Jonathan Ericsson is still talking to the Wings, but the salary numbers he most hopes to hear won’t be delivered via Holland’s lips.
“We’re going to make a decision on him in the next 10 days,” Holland said of Ericsson, who is free to shop his services to the highest bidder come July 1.
Holland talked excitedly of the potential of former first-round pick and AHL all-rookie team member Brendan Smith.
“We’re going to give him every opportunity to make the team in training camp,” he said of Smith….
With Rafalski’s $6 million off the books and a projected salary-cap increase of similar ilk, the Wings will have more than $10 million available to spend. “We’re going to explore ways either on the trade front or through July 1 free agency,” Holland said. “We want to be active, we want to make some additions to our team, and we’re open-minded going in.”...
The Wings’ brass aren’t fans of Joni Pitkanen, and at the risk of starting another car-burning riot in Vancouver, don’t view Kevin Bieksa or Christian Ehrhoff as $5 million men.
“We’re looking to be active, but at the same time, we’re not looking to spend a bunch of money and have press conferences,” Holland said.
“We want to find players that fit our team, fit our system and with salaries we think will help us continue to be competitive in a cap world.”
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