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05-24-2011, 02:06 AM
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Does Rafalski retiring allow Detroit to get serious about making an offer to Brad Richards. Not trying to wind people up but it seems like a place that he would like to go because it meets alot of his wants.
Cap-wise, it gives them money to play with - but, like I replied under the Richards' thread, I don't understand why Detroit would want to use that extra cap space on the center position - where they already have Datsyuk cemented as a # 1 pivot - when their defense will have a gaping hole with Rafalski's departure (and possibly two, if Lidstrom also retires).

For an organization built on defense for so long, it just runs counter to common sense IMO - the Wings have to be looking to bolster the blueline, not only to replace Rafalski but add depth for when Lidstrom does retire either this or next summer.

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Apparently, Rafalski played without an ACL in his knee during the playoffs. Damn...

Definitely one of the best American-born defenseman to ever lace 'em up.
I always saw him as being cut from the same cloth as Housley - both fluid skaters and stickhandlers that were better known for their offensive contributions than their play in their own zone.

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I would imagine Ericcson is more likely to be re-signed.

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I wonder if they will replace him with Kaberle.
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DETROIT NEWS/DETROIT FREE PRESS: reported Red Wings general manager Ken Holland addressed a report from Sportsnet yesterday claiming defenseman Brian Rafalski has not yet told him he’s going to retire. Holland said Rafalski told him during his end-season interview he “had decisions to make” but Holland said he hasn’t spoken with the blueliner since then, though he expects to hear from Rafalski later this week.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully there will be further clarification on Rafalski’s status later this week. If he does retire it’ll free up $6 million from the Red Wings payroll for next season, which will almost certainly send them into the UFA market for a potential replacement, like Tomas Kaberle, Joni Pitkanen, James Wisniewski, Kevin Bieksa or Christian Ehrhoff if they’re available on July 1st
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Real_ESPNLeBrun Pierre LeBrun
For those asking about Lidstrom, he's going to tell the Wings likely before the entry draft whether he's returning or not
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