Let the great off-season talent sort begin.
Although the final round of Stanley Cup playoffs has yet to begin, teams and players are mulling what to do for next season.
Here are a few updates:
- Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom is still deciding whether to play next season. The Red Wings would gladly try to re-sign him if he wants to continue his Hall of Fame-caliber career.
- Detroit power forward Tomas Holmstrom is still deciding whether to play again – and the Red Wings must decide whether to offer him another contract if he does want to return. Given the salary cap constraints in Motown, Holmstrom would likely have to take a large pay cut to stay. He scored just 11 goals in 74 games last season. But Lidstrom regards him as a close friend and he could make Holmstrom’s retention a condition of his own return.
- After reviving his career in Dallas, veteran defenseman Sheldon Souray wants to keep going. But would the Stars want him back? And can Souray reasonably expect any team to offer him more than a one-year deal for moderate money? His extensive injury history figures to scare off suitors.
- Speaking of the Stars, former NHL coach and general manager Bob Gainey left a vague position with the Canadiens for a vague position back in Dallas. He will consult with GM Joe Nieuwendyk as the team attempts to rebuild. Team president Jim Lites has opened the vault. “We are without budget, as crazy as that sounds,” Lites said, according to Fox Sports Southwest. “We are restricted by only the CBA and fitting long and short term into that system . . . This is a different situation than we have been in for the last 4 seasons — which is we have an owner who is willing to spend and not being run by the league . . . We are prepared to spend what we need to spend, but we need to spend wisely.”
- Lightning forward Ryan Shannon jumped a multi-year offer from the Zurich Lions of the top league in Switzerland. His odds of landing more than a training camp tryout in the NHL were not great.