The Malik Report
by George Malik on 05/31/11 at 11:40 PM ET
According to the Detroit Free Press’s Helene St. James, Red Wings GM Ken Holland would prefer to hold off on deciding whether to offer Chris Osgood and/or Kris Draper contracts until the team’s coaches, management, professional and amateur scouts sit down for their pre-draft and pre-free agency powwow on June 14th and 15th—and at this point, Jonathan Ericsson might have to wait till then to find out whether the Wings seriously want to bring him back, too:
“I want to hear what everyone has to say,” Holland said. “We know Kris wants to play another year. Ozzie hasn’t said anything about his future, but if we were interested in him, I’m certain he’d have interest in playing. Both have been around here a long, long time. I can come up with lots of reasons why we should have them on our team, and also reasons why not. It’s going to be a very difficult decision.”
Draper, 40, is coming off a good season, but the Wings have 10 forwards signed for next season, have prospect Jan Mursak set to join the lineup and are interested in keeping either or both Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller. Osgood, 38, missed the second half of the season recovering from sports hernia surgery.
St. James also reports the following regarding the Wings’ attempts to replace Brad McCrimmon, quite possibly, Paul MacLean:
The Wings have talked with assistant coaching candidates but probably won’t make a hire until Dallas, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey and Ottawa fill their head coaching positions. One club has interviewed Wings assistant Paul MacLean for its top job. The Wings parted ways last month with assistant Brad McCrimmon.
Also: I’ll have more about this in the overnight report, but the Grand Rapids Griffins are offering 30 prizes for current and future season ticket-holders, and they’re of the unique variety.
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