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More from Red Wings GM Ken Holland abot Nicklas Lidstrom…and Brad Stuart

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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PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

It sure seemed like Stuart’s heart wasn’t in Detroit this year.  He just didn’t have the same jump and apparent drive he used to have.  Personally I think he’s already in California - mentally.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/10/12 at 02:01 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

The Wings will want to add a seventh draft pick, even if it’s a mid-rounder, at the draft, and they’ll probably do so by trading Stuart’s rights to San Jose, Anaheim or LA.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/10/12 at 04:09 PM ET


Stuart’s negotiating rights should get more than a 7th rounder…

Ehrhoff’s rights were worth a 4th rounder

Wisniewski’s rights were worth a 5th rounder

Bryzgalov’s were worth a 3rd rounder

Dan Hamhuis’ rights got a 3rd rounder to both the Flyers and Penguins (his rights were traded on consecutive days.

Steve Montador rights got a 7th rounder and I think Stuart’s a little better than Montador…

Even Ryan Malone’s rights were for a 4th rounder (3rd if he signed)...

Posted by dca from in Mich on 05/10/12 at 10:30 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

There are only three teams that need to be in the bidding for Stuart’s rights and they each only have to worry about two other teams jumping in and making their life difficult.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 05/10/12 at 11:44 PM ET


if lidstrom retires and holland cant get parise and suter, he should just scrap the next 3 seasons trade and rebuild, why waste good players on dead seasons when you can get more for them when they are young{er]. it will take at least 4 good defencemen and 2 more top scorers to bring the wings back to elite status as they stand right now, anything less wont win the cup, by the time the wings will be good enough to compete again without getting the guys they need, the guys they have now will be retired anyway so trade and rebuild!! if by chance they can bring in parise and suter though all bets are off and the wings will be back in contention!!

Posted by lightareonbutnooneshome from america on 05/15/12 at 03:25 AM ET

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