I haven't been updating any of this stuff lately. I'm still in shock and denial over the playoff exit. Anyway. The Wings have let Legace look elsewhere for the starting job he wants. LINK If they sign Belfour I'll throw up all over myself. I'd like to see Giguere, but I doubt they'll have the cap space for it. Also, if you missed it. Chelios signed for $850,000. Which is okay, he was really solid last year. Lidstrom is a priority. From the Freep: They currently have about $22.5 million committed to next season's payroll, and it's probably going to take around $8 million to re-sign defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom; those negotiations are on-going. But I think at that price, it's too much for a guy who's lost a step. I'd like to see Saint Nic back but, that's too much from the cap. And much to my chagrin it looks like they are going to pay Shanny more than he made last year. From the Freep: Holland also has decided to pursue potential free agent forward Brendan Shanahan, who last season made $2.28 million and probably will require a raise. Require a raise?!! He's only a year older. Athletes are not like fine wines, they usually get worse with age. And Shanny is vinegar. Why are they so loyal to this guy? He's a poor man's Yzerman. And speaking of Yzerman, Holland's changed his tune. He was originally saying that he wanted to know by the end of June whether Yzerman would be back or not, but now he's saying: From the Freep: Holland had hoped to know by late this month whether center Steve Yzerman wanted to return or retire, but after three conversations over the past week, it now appears the decision won't be known until next month at the earliest. It won't affect planning much, because neither Yzerman's salary nor his playing minutes will be very high. And it looks like Datsyuk is safe for now. From the Freep: By the time the Wings also have signed various role players, there'll be about $3 million left for a goaltender, with $1 million in wriggle room. It's possible more could be spent via a trade, but Holland contends he will not part with the team's most desirable bait, center Pavel Datsyuk. This is good, in my eyes. He was the team's leader in points, and I thought, despite not scoring, he played well in the playoffs. Remember he missed three weeks, plus one playoff game to an injury. The Young D-man Kronwall shined in Sweden's win at the World Championships. From the Freep: Sweden becomes the first nation in history to capture Olympic and World Championship championships in the same year. Afterward, the IIHF Directorate recognized Kronwall as the most valuable player of the tournament, and as the best defenseman. Kronwall, 25, had two goals and eight assists in eight games (including a goal and an assist Sunday), and a plus-three rating. "He played very, very good," Holland said. "He played well for us in the playoffs and well here, and we look forward to having him back and skating next year." Here is a link to the full story. More to come.