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by George Malik on 05/05/14 at 08:39 PM ET
This article looks like an "early edition" note--sans quotes--but the Hamilton Spectator posted a very important set of "exit meetings" updates from the Free Press's Helene St. James, who reports that the Red Wings have already made some final decisions regarding some of their unrestricted free agents-to-be:
Holland said Monday he has met with pending unrestricted free agents Todd Bertuzzi, David Legwand, Kyle Quincey and Jonas Gustavsson.
Holland said he told them he'll reach out to their agents later this month with final decisions, but simple math reveals, for example, Bertuzzi won't be back, because there isn't room on the National Hockey League team's roster for him. Ditto on Legwand, a trade-deadline acquisition, and Mikael Samuelsson. The Wings already have 11 forwards under contract for next season, with Tomas Jurco the only one eligible to be sent to the minors without waivers.
Quincey isn't likely to be back either, as the Wings are looking to upgrade on the back end — and because as a 28-year-old defenceman, he's likely to get considerable offers as an unrestricted free agent. There's some interest in retaining Gustavsson but, at the moment, Holland is evaluating whether prospect Petr Mrazek would be a better options as a backup.
The Wings are waiting to hear if Daniel Alfredsson, 41, wants to play another season before deciding if he fits into plans for 2014-15.
St. James continues and she reports that the team plans on offering Daniel Cleary a spot...In the front office.
While I'm at it, the Saginaw News's Cory Butzin is reporting that Jake Paterson will turn pro this upcoming season, which probably means that Tom McCollum will move on and that the Wings wll determine what to do with Mrazek, Jared Coreau and now Paterson..
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