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by George Malik on 08/28/12 at 09:21 PM ET
“We're talking to a few people,'' Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “There's some veteran defensemen looking for an opportunity. We need to sign another defenseman, maybe two. Will we do something before Sept. 15? Maybe.''
The Red Wings made a two-year offer to Carlo Colaiacovo worth about $2.5 million a season. They also have expressed interest in Michal Rozsival, Brett Clark and Mark Eaton.
Khan says that the Wings will probably wait out CBA negotiations before exploring the trade market...
Their only hope of acquiring a top-pair defenseman is through a trade. Options are limited and prices are high, however.
That has prompted the Red Wings to consider waiting until a new CBA is reached before adding a defenseman. If the $70.2 million salary cap is reduced with the next labor deal, it might force some teams whose payrolls currently are in the $60-to-$65 million range or higher into shedding salary.
And he offers updates regarding both Justin Abdeklader and Tomas Holmstrom's respective statuses...
--Signing restricted free-agent forward Justin Abdelkader is taking longer than many expected. Holland said they're still talking, but added, “I believe we're close.''
--Holland said no decision has been made on veteran forward Tomas Holmstrom, who is contemplating retirement.
Khan also confirms that, once the new CBA's settled, the Wings will indeed attempt to ink Jimmy Howard and Valtteri Filppula to contract extensions, and he reports that if there's a lockout, Damien Brunner won't play for the Griffins--the Wings will send him to his former club, EV Zug of the Swiss National A League, but for the moment, he's made the transatlantic jump:
Forward Damien Brunner, the high-scoring Swiss free agent the Red Wings signed to a one-year, two-way deal on July 1, is skating in Minnesota with some NHL players. That is where his North American agent, Neil Sheehy, is based. Holland said Brunner will arrive in Detroit next week to start skating with some of his teammates and get acclimated to his new environment.
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