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by George Malik on 02/28/11 at 04:47 PM ET
Amidst the article confirming that the Red Wings have re-signed Jimmy Howard to a 2-year, $2.5 million contract extension, MLIve’s Ansar Khan snuck in a bummer of a tidbit regarding tonight’s match-up between the Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings (10:30 PM, FSD/FS West/WXYT/NHL Network):
It’s 2 1/2 hours before the trade deadline and [Red Wings GM Ken] Holland said is still appears unlikely he will make a move.
Howard will be in goal tonight when the Red Wings play the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center (10:30, FSD).
Holland said defenseman Brian Rafalski will miss his second game in a row due to back spasms. Johan Franzen is in Detroit, where his wife is due to deliver their first child. Drew Miller replaces Franzen in the lineup.
Update: LA Kings Insider’s Rich Hammond reports that the Kings had an optional morning skate before the news broke that the Kings acquired Dustin Penner from Edmonton for Colton Teubert and a 1st rounder and 2nd-rounder. Expect that and Justin Williams’ extension to be the Kings’ news of note today.
Update 2: As for the Red Wings, the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff has this to say about Jonathan Ericsson:
#redwings Holland not close to signing potential UFA D Jonathan Ericsson. “I’m open to talks,” Holland said. #nhltrade
Holland on Ericsson: “It’s a cap world, it’s all about numbers for both sides. I’m comfortable waiting until the end of the playoffs.”
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