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by George Malik on 05/10/12 at 01:11 PM ET
ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun spoke to Red Wings GM Ken Holland about the same subject that the Free Press’s Helene St. James broached in asking about a timeline for Nicklas Lidstrom’s decision as to whether he’ll continue playing, and LeBrun also asked Holland about Brad Stuart’s future in his “rumblings” column:
“I don’t really need to know until the middle of June,’’ Red Wings GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com Thursday.
“I saw him on the weekend,” added Holland. “But we didn’t really touch on it. I’m letting him go through whatever process he needs to go through to make a decision.”
The Wings obviously want to know before the June draft so they can react either way in terms of trade talks.
Meanwhile, veteran top-four blue-liner Brad Stuart will also be UFA July 1. There has been talk that for family reasons he might want to go back and play on the West Coast (he still has a home in San Jose), but Detroit is keeping the door open to re-sign him if he chooses to return.
“I told Stuey, ‘Go home, take a month with your family,’ told his agent I would talk to him prior to the draft,’’ Holland said.
My guess is, if the Sharks have any interest in bringing back Stuart—he began his career there—and make him a reasonable offer, then he could be in San Jose next season.
Continue reading for more “rumblings” about front office moves and potential compensation for said issues…with an anonymous GM which may or may not be Holland weighing in on the subject.
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