Wings FA and UFA Analysis

January 5, 2006

Spector’s soapbox has the first part of a series looking at each team’s free agents, with thoughts on what’s in store for each.

Here’s what he had to say about the Wings Kenny Holland has to decide what to do with when this season ends:

DETROIT: Another Western Conference club that doesn’t have many RFA players to focus on, the sole expection being Jason Williams, and Ken Holland won’t face any problems re-signing him as he did Datsyuk and Zetterberg last summer.

The UFAs, however, are another matter. Brendan Shanahan is having a resurgence and will likely want to stay in Motown, but is Chris Chelios worth bringing back another season? Will Steve Yzerman retire? Most importantly, will Niklas Lidstrom stay or will he depart for good to Sweden? It’s shaping up to be an interesting off-season for the Wings.

Iwo:  Williams, as Spector said, will be back for sure.  I think we all realize we’re seeing the Captain’s last season; and it’s hard to imagine Chelios playing another year.  But, with him…who knows.  Holland may push to re-sign Shanahan for the right price. If he continues at his current pace–4 game goal-less skid not withstanding–he’s going to finish with approximately 40 goals.  Also consider that, and this is my opinion, Shanahan is a leader second only to Yzerman in that room.  Holland may want to bring him back, if it means Shanny will take a pay cut to make room for some UFA’s.  I think Lidstrom will be back also, but he’ll have to take a cut and the allure of Sweden for more money may finally draw him home.

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