Wings changes for 2007/2008 season

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  1. mikhail1973

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    General manager Ken Holland has informed Lang's agent, Petr Svoboda , the Wings will not be offering a contract to the potential unrestricted free agent. Lang can begin negotiating with other teams July 1.
    In 81 games, Lang had 19 goals and 33 assists for 52 games, while averaging 16 minutes, 49 seconds of ice time. Arguably the Wings' most consistent forward his first two playoffs with the Wings, Lang slumped this season with eight points (two goals, six assists) in 18 games.
    Still, Lang had one of the biggest goals of the playoffs for the Wings, scoring in the last minute against San Jose to force overtime in Game 4 and enabling the Wings to win on defenseman Mathieu Schneider 's power-play goal and even the series 2-2. The Wings eventually would win the series in six games.
    Lang earned $3.8 million this season, the second-highest paid forward on the team behind Pavel Datsyuk ($3.9 million).
    "With the salary cap, you can't bring back everyone," Holland said. "It forces you to make decisions."
    Holland will meet with agents for Schneider and defenseman Danny Markov , and goalie Dominik Hasek this weekend at the NHL draft in Columbus, Ohio. Because of salary cap limitations, it's likely one -- or both -- might not return.
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    The Red Wings selected defenseman Brendan Smith of St. Michael’s of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League with the 27th overall pick in Friday night’s first round of the NHL draft in Columbus, Ohio. Rounds 2-7 will take place Saturday.
    link: Wings take defenseman with 27th pick
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    Not so good news from the free agent signings. This is from Ted Kulfan (Det News Blog):

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    I thought there was a cap or something?
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    The Detroit Red Wings made four picks in Saturday’s second day of the NHL draft, including Swedish center Joakim Andersson in the third round.
    The 6-foot-2, 198-pound Anderson played in 2006-07 for Frolunda Sweden of the Swedish Junior League, where he had 20 goals and 26 assists for 46 points in 41 games.

    Detroit picked Cameron in the fifth round (148th overall). A native of Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Cameron played in 2006-07 with Moncton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

    Detroit closed out the day by selecting center Zack Torquato in the sixth round (178th overall) and defenseman Bryan Rufenach in the seventh (208th overall).

    link: 2007 NHL DRAFT: Wings draft three centers on day 2
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    Looks like NHL begins to resemble NBA somewhat. You have a few stars that you pay top dollar for, and then you fill the rest with the bunch of scrubs and hope that they hold up.
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    Seems already out of control.
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    It doesn't make much sense as far as how the other teams manage to offer these guys all that dough. Everyone is under the same cap.
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    The Wings were very close to the new cap after the first year of its inception. Some other teams weren't. Cap expected to be something like 44 million for next season. Not much when compared to other leagues.
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    This is from ESPN:

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    That's about where most teams were before the strike.
    Of course the Wings lead the way at about $55M.
    Let's see Hasek and Jiggy go at it again.
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    No more Schneider...
    For the third straight offseason, the Anaheim Ducks have apparently locked up a big defenseman. According to a report from TSN of Canada, the defending Stanley Cup champions have signed unrestricted free agent Mathieu Schneider to a two-year deal worth $11.25 million.
    Schneider, 38, spent the past four seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and had 11 goals and 41 assists and averaged 23:35 in ice time over 68 goals in 2006-07.
    link: ESPN - Schneider reportedly signs two-year deal with Ducks - NHL

    Reason:
    From Schneider's point of view, this is an ideal situation. He is now near his off-season home in Southern California, and he no longer has to deal with coach Mike Babcock, with whom he didn't exactly see eye-to-eye. And money.

    Replacement:
    Free agency began at noon today, and Schneider is the first "big-name" signing. The Wings have known for a while he was going to test the market, and so had backup plans ready for today. They looked at free agent Brian Rafalski, but he's apparently seeking Kimmo Timonen-like money — in the $6-million plus range — and the Wings can't really swing that. They've already got their one high-prized defenseman, and that's Nicklas Lidstrom.

    Other alternatives include Sheldon Souray, though he's a defensive liability and probably also too expensive; Andy Sutton, Brad Stuart and Tom Preissing.
    link: Helene St. James' blog: Schneider signs with Ducks
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    And the Red Wings make a move:
    Free agent defenceman Brian Rafalski has agreed to a five-year, $30 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Rafalski is regarded as one of the top defencemen on this year's free agent market.
    For the second year in a row, Rafalski played in all 82 games and posted eight goals and 47 assists for a career-high 55 points. The three-time All-Star has played his entire seven-year career with the New Jersey Devils, recording 44 goals and 311 points.
    link:Detroit Red Wings sign veteran blue-liner Brian Rafalski - Yahoo! News
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    Rafalski interview from TSN.

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    If he played for the Devils his Defense is impeccable.
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    Ducks seem to like BIG players..........Wonder if they tried to sign Tank Johnson yet..
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    Wings weren't going to give Bertuzzi $8mil over 2 years. I believe Lang got the same from Blackhawks.
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    Rafalski is a solid D-man and IMO is an upgrade over Schneider at this point in his career.

    Souray is a joke. Sure he'll give you PPG's, but he'll also give up more goals than he contributes. Defensive liability is an understatement.

    I'm glad that the Habs won't be resigning him. They offered him a 4yr, $22 million contract which him and his -28 plus/minus from last season promptly refused. So the Habs offered the exact same deal to Roman Hamrlik and his +22 who promptly accepted. Although they overpaid for Hamrlik, the Habs also gained an actual defenseman in the deal (a swing of 50 in the +/- category). I'll take that any day. Give me a defenseman who can defend and let the forwards worry about scoring. A D man that can add some O is a great bonus, but not at the expense of his defensive responsibilities.

    If teams didn't have a defensive zone to worry about, Souray would be one of the best in the game. Unfortunately for the team that signs him, he's a defenseless defenseman.

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