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Thursday, June 30, 2005

nhl- Wings will Change

from the Detroit News, The NHL lockout is creeping to an end.
Management and players association representatives have been working 80-hour weeks recently in hopes of reaching a new collective bargaining agreement.The agreement would end a lockout that wiped out last season and is approaching 300 days in length.
Reports of having an agreement in place by Friday appear to be overly optimistic.
But few in the NHL -- team employees, players or agents -- doubt a resolution is near.
While most people are eager to see the NHL re-emerge, the implementation of a salary cap will greatly affect the Wings and other big-market, free-spending teams.
The cap is expected to be in the neighborhood of $36 million to $40 million. The Wings' payroll was $78 million last season.
Even with players accepting a 24 percent reduction in salaries, which is expected, the Wings will have about $32 million committed to 12 players. (That figure assumes that Brendan Shanahan will exercise a player option, which is likely.)
The Wings would have to make decisions on Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, who are restricted free agents; Steve Yzerman, if he chooses to return for one more season; Chris Chelios, Curtis Joseph and Mathieu Schneider.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said he won't begin to speculate as to what the Wings will do until the new CBA, with all of its wrinkles, is completed.
The Wings could find economic relief under the cap in the form of a one-time buyout option....more...

This via the Detroit Free Press, Holland has spoken to center Pavel Datsyuk and agent Gary Greenstin about the report Datsyuk was committed to playing in Russia in 2005-06.
"They've both told me that there is no truth to the report," Holland said.