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by George Malik on 06/30/11 at 10:40 PM ET
Updated at 9:23 PM with Pleiness on Ericsson, Eaves, Miller, the blueline and Jagr: Red Wings GM Ken Holland told MLive’s Ansar Khan that he believes he can hold on to most of his unrestricted free agents-to-be, but that does not include Drew Miller, who’s likely to test the market…
“Just had a philosophical conversation (with his agent),’’ Holland said. “I made an offer. Can’t say we’re making a lot of progress.’‘
On the Jaromir Jagr front, Holland plans on treating the could-be Penguin like he will any player who doesn’t sign with his team before July 1st—he won’t save a spot on the roster or in the team’s payroll structure for Jagr:
As for Jaromir Jagr, Holland said, “Touched base again with his agent today. Nothing’s changed. We’re still staying in contact.’‘
Holland said his initial offer of a one-year deal to Jagr, made several weeks ago, hasn’t changed. He said he doesn’t necessarily need an answer from Jagr by noon Friday, but then the player runs the risk of the team signing other players and not having space for him.
But it does sound like Jonathan Ericsson and Patrick Eaves will remain in tow, which is good news:
Holland said of Ericsson, “Gone back and forth with his agent, made progress. We’ll talk again either later tonight or in the morning. We’d like to sign him, he’d like to stay.’‘
Holland said of Eaves, “Talked with his agent, think we’re making progress.’‘
Update: Here’s Holland speaking to the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness about Eaves, Miller and Ericsson:
“We’re still talking and I think we’re making progress,” Holland said. “But once you get to noon (today) it’s wide open for anyone to sign them.
Again, Ericsson and Eaves in particular appear lined up to remain Wings…
“We’d like to sign, he’d like to stay,” Holland said [of Ericsson].
But Miller’s probably headed elsewhere…
“We’ve just had a philosophical conversation (with his agent),” Holland said. “I made an offer, but I can’t say we’re making a lot of progress.”
And Holalnd’s not sure what his game plan is in terms of bolstering his blueline:
“On defense, we’d like to do something, it depends on Ericsson,” Holland said. “The market is getting picked over. It’s an expensive market.”
On Thursday, the Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff for 10-year deal worth reportedly $40 million. Earlier in the week, Vancouver reached a five-year deal with defenseman Kevin Bieksa worth $23 million.
“We’re just looking for the right fit,” Holland said. “We’ve got quite a bit of cap space, we’ll see if we use it all or not. We’re set in goal,” Holland added. “We’re not going to spend a lot on a backup. Chris Osgood is an option, but we want to explore that’s out there. There are a number of players we have interest in at forward, defense and in goal.”
And on the Jagr front? Well, it’s wait and see and then some:
“We’re still staying in contact,” Holland said.
The Wings, along with the Pittsburgh Penguins, have made offers to Jagr.
The Wings don’t necessarily need an answer from Jagr by noon Friday, but the longer he waits he runs the risk of them signing other players and not having space for him.
“Up front, we’ll see what goes on with Jagr,” Holland said.
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