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05-04-2006, 05:19 PM
Blind Gardien
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Originally Posted by Teufelsdreck
It doesn't really matter when their contracts expire. Lidstrom will retire a wing, and Datsyuk and Zetterberg will play in Detroit for many years to come.
Although maybe not Datsyuk given the heat he is taking over his 26 game playoff scoring drought. But at any rate:

Lidstrom is UFA this year. I would predict he'll sign a 4 or 5 year deal at the new cap maximum and retire as a Red Wing.

You might recall that Zetterberg and Datsyuk were restricted free agents this past summer and caused quite a buzz by signing late. Zetterberg signed a 4-year deal, so he has 3 more. And he's a pretty good bargain at $2.4M (e.g. same as Radek Bonk!). Datsyuk signed for just 2 years at $3.9M, so he's going to be a free agent after next year.

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