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by George Malik on 06/30/13 at 12:55 PM ET
Updated 5x at 4:33 PM: Via RedWingsFeed, the Free Press's Helene St. James reports that the Red Wings did meet with Vincent Lecavalier this morning, and now they'll wait to find out where Lecavalier wants to land:
The Wings are among about a dozen NHL teams who think Lecavalier would be a good addition, which will lead to eager bidding for his services. Holland described his meeting with Lecavalier as a sort of “feeling out” situation.
“I talked to him about our organization, where he’d fit in,” Holland told the Free Press. “If he’s interested in us, we’ll talk later.”
St. James says that the Wings probably aren't willing to give Lecavalier a long-term deal, which may be a show-stopper...
The stumbling block for the Wings is likely going to come down to term. The buzz in hockey circles is that Lecavalier wants five-to-six years; the Wings aren’t likely to top two. Another team, like the Calgary Flames, who also met with Lecavalier, are likely to give him whatever he wants. So then it’s up to Lecavalier where he’d rather play. Several others teams are in play, too: Montreal, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Dallas, Toronto, Washington and Boston.
The news isn't as good on the Wings' own UFA front, especially given that players can begin to talk to other teams in a "wining and dining" period starting tomorrow:
With today’s focus on the draft, talks with unrestricted free agents will heat up Monday. Players cannot sign until Friday. The Wings remain in talks with all three of their unrestricted free agents — Damien Brunner, Daniel Cleary and Valtteri Filppula — but all appear to want to listen to offers from other teams.
The Wings have most of their pieces in place. A top-six forward tops their wanted list, but that holds true for half the league. Holland reiterated that “I’m not signing somebody just to have something to talk about. We’re not looking to make lateral moves. We’re not looking for one-year fixers.”
The Wings have 12 forwards under contract for next season, along with coming contracts in restricted free agents Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson. They’re also operating under the parameters that guys like Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco will be pushing for spots in 2014-15.
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