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by George Malik on 06/25/14 at 06:18 PM ET
From MLive's Ansar Khan:
And the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness...
Pleiness also spoke with Holland about the wining and dining period...
“I like it,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a phone interview. “It’s excellent for the players.”
The time to “wine and dine” free agents began Wednesday. Teams can begin signing players on July 1.
“Before you’d get to signing day and the player and team would have to make a decision in like an hour or two,” Holland said. “Now teams have the opportunity to let players know they have interest and to tell them how they would fit in on our team.
“It’s an opportunity to see what’s out there, to talk to players we got some interest in, let them know what we’re thinking,” Holland added. “It’s an opportunity to sell your program.”
Holland gave Pleiness something of a master plan...
With the salary cap projected at nearly $70 million it’ll leave the Wings close to $16 million to spend some of which will go to resigning restricted free agents Riley Sheahan, DeKeyser and Tatar.
“Ideally, we’ll make a move on the back end and add one more forward,” Holland said. “We’re going to wait until June 30 to see if we’re going to do anything with our guys.”
But this is bad:
“Dan Cleary is a guy that when he signed here last year for a one-year deal, we had conversations beyond one year because he had contract offers or three years from a couple of teams,” Holland said.
Update: Sportsnet's Chris Johnston confirms the Gustavsson signing:
Sportsnet has learned that goaltender Jonas Gustavsson signed a $1.85-million, one-year extension with the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. The contract is in the midst of being finalized, according to sources.
Gustavsson spent the last two seasons in Detroit, where he backed up Jimmy Howard, and compiled a 16-5-4 record in 27 appearances last year. He finished with a .907 save percentage.
The 29-year-old Swede is a five-year NHL veteran with a 57-52-20 career record over 141 games for the Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. His previous contract with Detroit paid him $3 million over two years.
Gustavsson was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but goalie jobs are going to be scarce this summer. Most teams are already set at the position and Ryan Miller, Jonas Hiller, Martin Brodeur and others will hit the open market next week.
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