Red Wings still negotiating with Hasek on eve of free agency Print
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Saturday, 30 June 2007 14:32
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 DETROIT (AP) -On the eve of NHL free agency, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland was cautiously optimistic he would be able to agree to contract terms with star goaltender Dominik Hasek.
``I don't think there's a significant divide, but there's no deal so we continue to go back and forth,'' Holland said Saturday night. ``We've had a lot of conversations over the last few days and hopefully we'll talk again tonight or in the morning before free agency begins at noon.''
Hasek informed the Red Wings a couple of weeks ago that he wanted to play for Detroit again.
The 42-year-old Hasek is a six-time Vezina Trophy winner and two-time NHL MVP. He signed a one-year contract worth $750,000 last season and earned $900,000 in bonuses for helping the Red Wings advance past the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
``He'll have a greater salary this year, but we're still trying to figure out what's fair to both sides and how to structure the deal,'' Holland said. ``I'm cautiously optimistic that we'll work it out.''
The Red Wings are not quite as confident about their chances to re-sign standout defenseman Mathieu Schneider.
``We would love to have him back, but I expect him to hit the market and I don't blame him,'' Holland said. ``He's 38 years old, so he doesn't have a lot of chances to really take advantage of free agency.''
The Red Wings want to re-sign forward Todd Bertuzzi, but the two sides were still negotiating Saturday.
``I'd like a shorter-term deal and he'd like a longer-term contract,'' Holland said. ``Hopefully, we'll find common ground.''
Unlike a lot of teams, Detroit doesn't expect to be active Sunday.
``I don't see us being a part of the first waves of signings,'' Holland said. ``I think it's going to be crazy from everybody I've talked to, but we're in a bit of a wait-and-see mode.
``We'll talk to all of our guys at least one more time before noon and if I get a sense that they want to test the market, we're going to be a little more aggressive than I planned to be. We're not desperate, though, because we have a good nucleus in place, but we definitely need to add a defenseman or two.''
 

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