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Detroit’s free agency shopping list is center-heavy

Jul 2, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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Detroit is set to head into this offseason with some cap space and a hole to fill up the middle. Their potential shopping list of centermen gives Red Wings fans a reason to pay attention when free agency kicks off on Friday.

Ansar Khan of Mlive.com reports the team has a host of pivots they’re looking at to replace free agent-to-be Valtteri Filppula. Among them are some reasonably big names.

Stephen Weiss (Florida), Mike Ribeiro (Washington), Derek Roy (Vancouver), Tyler Bozak (Toronto), and Matt Cullen (Minnesota). New Jersey’s Patrik Elias is also on their short-list, but he’s close to re-signing with the Devils. While Vincent Lecavalier would seem like a logical fit here, Khan says his demands may be a bit too pricey for what GM Ken Holland is looking for.

Meanwhile, the team is still working on re-signing Damien Brunner and Danny Cleary to new deals. Should that not pan out, there are a host of veteran options on the market for wingers including Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Jaromir Jagr, and Michael Ryder (amongst others).

  1. tmoore4075 - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Most of those guys will get big (stupid) money probably though and Holland won’t want to hand those type of contracts out. Wings fans will be mad that he’ll end up not giving the 34 year-old Lecavalier 5 years but trust me, that’s smart. I’d like for them to get someone to improve this team right now and make a run at a Cup with only a handful of years left with both Hank and Pavel but the small markets and the dumb markets will overpay. That’s what today’s world is in the NHL.

    • clefty1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      Smart, kind of like not having a second line center or bringing Cleary back. Lecavalier would be a great 2nd line center who has a few years left. Players heading into their mid 30′s have revived their careers with the Wings, Murphy, Hull, Fetisov, and Larionov are some that did just that.

      • dspartan44 - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        while your claims are true that in the past that’s what the Wings did, that was also in the era of non salary cap. In today’s game Holland is still one of the best and I trust in him to not give that kind of money to a player of that age. 2 years maybe but if you look at all those names you mentioned, All those players had lost a step and they played by different rules, you look at the game now there is a lot less holding and clinching and more interference calls made. It was a diffrent game only if it was 10 to 15 years ago

      • dspartan44 - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        while your claims are true that in the past that’s what the Wings did, that was also in the era of non salary cap. In today’s game Holland is still one of the best and I trust in him to not give that kind of money to a player of that age. 2 years maybe but if you look at all those names you mentioned, All those players had lost a step and they played by different rules, you look at the game now there is a lot less holding and clinching and more interference calls made. It was a different game only if it was 10 to 15 years ago

      • tmoore4075 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        Different time and those players weren’t given 5-year contracts at 33 years old. They were given short-term contracts. Murphy only played 4 full seasons here and signed 2 different contracts. Hull played only 3 years here. Fetisov was 4 years and a couple contracts. Larionov was the longest but signed I think 3 different contracts and one of those was signed by FLA when he left for a few months. Wings would have been fine giving Vinny 4.5mil a year for 2-3 years…not 5. He hasn’t played a full season in like 4 years and has only scored more than 60 points once in the last 5 years. If he’s declining now, what will he be like in 4-5 years?

  2. ibieiniid - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    “Mike Ribiero signs with Red Wings” coming.

    • timmeh022 - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Rebeiro*

      • ibieiniid - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        Ribeiro*

        =P

      • timmeh022 - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        Sarcasm

      • ibieiniid - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        bullsh**

  3. clefty1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Why Holland wants to bring Cleary back is beyond me, his better days are behind him. I would rather see the Wings bring up a young player and let him play over Cleary and bringing Cleary back does not improve the Wings, the Wings have enough bottom six forwards in fact they have to many. Stop using retreads Holland ala Bert, Sammy and Quincey.

  4. 2late2matter - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    This must be an energizing time for all of hockey’s signed players, finding out which quality players they will have on “their” team this coming season. Coaches included.

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