-Drake close to retiring
Pretty much figured that.
-May bring in replacement or could be replaced by Kopecky who may not be ready in time for camp
I'd magine Kenny would bring in a replacement for Drake regardless of whether or not Kopecky is ready to go or not.
-Stuart talks continue
I'm not holding my breath. I'd love it, but just don't see it happening.
-Lilja close to signing for just over 1mil a year for 2 years
2 year/$1.25 million per (which looks reasonably accurate) is a solid deal for Lilja's role on this team.
-Chelios close to signing
Hopefully its no more than $650,000 given that he's likely to only play half the season and he made $850,000 last year. However, a good signing if the price is right. You can never have too much depth on your blueline, especially if it comes at a reasonable price.
Z is Lazy and he Sucks!
No surprise here!
Sidenote: Who was it last year that stated in a thread that Arice89 and I were wrong to think Z could be signed as early as July 1st? Don't expect Henrik Zetterberg to sign a long-term extension on July 1 like San Jose's Joe Thornton did last year.
He stated that a new deal couldn't be signed before the first day of the season. This article respectfully disagrees with him.
-Holland think Howard is ready but still wants to bring in another veteran goalie ??
Time to let Jimmy s*** or get off the pot. I'd rather see them claim a goalie off waivers if Jimmy flops after the first couple months than see them bring in a mediocre goalie that will just be a spot-holder. A spot-holder isn't going to help the Wings' playoff run if Oz gets injured.
-Holland wants to offer both Downey and McCarty 2 way deals, but not till July 1st
PERFECT! Exactly what I stated I wanted in the Enforcer thread yesterday. Sign both of them to 2-way deals!