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Nik Puts The Lid On A New Deal

Detroit Red WingsNik Lidstrom has finally put his signature on a 1-year deal to play next year with the Detroit Red Wings. Relief? You bet!

This is not just the end of contract negotiations with Lidstrom, but it also means that Holmstrom, Bertuzzi, Eaves, Miller, Helm and Abdelkader can start their negotiations. All were being held up depending on the outcome of the Lidstrom contract.

Finally, we can now start securing some players for next season’s roster. There are a number of young players making their mark in the AHL, that will be ready for the NHL this coming season too. Ritola, Kindl, Tatar, Emmerton, Mursak, Pare and Pyett all look like they could make NHL debuts next year, as well as Goalie prospect McCollum. I really can’t see Osgood getting much of a look in, and unless he wants a coaching role, or wants a year playing AHL or for another team, it’s likely to be the end of the road for Ozzie.

Our main Goalie prospect behind Jimmy Howard, was Daniel Larsson, who recently signed for HV71 in his native Sweden, whilst the Wings have acquired Jiri Hudler, back from the KHL, on a 2-year contract. Whilst I’m a little disappointed to see our prospects leaving for teams outside the NHL/AHL (I always like to see them do well), it’s heartening to see Hudler back again. And more importantly, Hudler back for a reasonable amount. Yes we wanted him back, but not if it was going to cause us cap problems.

We’ll probably end up ditching some of the lower end players, such as May, Meech and possibly Ericsson or Lebda, but I’d hope their wage amounts would go towards another couple of decent 2nd/3rd line defencemen.

Roll on the draft, and roll on the Free Agency!

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