Let's take a look at this weekend's stories, shall we?
- As I mentioned in a fanshot yesterday, the thoughts of Shea Weber joining the Wings next season all but died yesterday. Nashville filed for arbitration, meaning Weber will likely be with the Predators next season. The move buys Nashville time to negotiate a long term mega deal, likely in the size and scope of what our own stars, Datsyuk and Zetterberg, signed.
- Vancouver GM Mike Gillis made it clear that there will be no huge changes for the Canucks next season, even as many call for head coach Alain Vingeault's head.
- The Bruins marched the Stanley Cup through Boston yesterday, the first time since the 70's. There are no hard numbers out there yet from what I have found, but early estimates has the crowd pinned at higher than the Mavericks' recent parade which hit a little over 200,000 people. One final congratulations to the Bruins and the city of Boston on winning Game 7.
- As reported by multiple sources, Lidstrom is expected to give the Wings his answer by Wednesday. It is still unclear what Holmstrom will do, but everything I have read since Game 7 against the Sharks has indicated he will not return if Lidstrom retires.
- It was all over Detroit radio on Friday: Ken Holland will not offer contracts to Kris Draper and Chris Osgood. It is expected that they will receive invites to training camp, but I expect a situation much like what happened last year with Maltby. In all likelihood, next season will be the first time in nearly 20 years that the Wings take the ice without either Draper or Osgood on their roster.
- With Joey MacDonald also gone, the search is on for a backup goalie. Possible choices are Ty Conklin and Daniel Larsson who hopes to return from Europe and play in the NHL in 2012.
- The Jagr dilemma continues. Many are saying no, preferring to go with Cory Emmerton and Jan Mursak or look elsewhere, others think he still has what it takes. Malik, however, is reporting that Jagr isn't even set on returning to the NHL and is open to playing in Europe longer. Brett Favre syndrome has struck the NHL.
- Larry Murphy and Doug Brown, former Red Wings teammates and teammates with Jagr, say he would be a good fit for the Wings. Let's hope Larry's scouting abilities are better than his commentating skills.
- Malik also reports that the Ilitch family is looking for a short term lease deal with the city of Detroit for Joe Louis Arena and Cobo. Such a deal would allow the Wings to continue playing in the legendary arena for the near future while a new arena is built. I suppose this puts to bed all the rumors of the Wings playing at the Palace for a few seasons while a new arena for both them and the Pistons is built (of course, Tom Gores buying the Pistons also did not help that).
- Ilya Bryzgalov is not the only major goalie free agent. Tomas Vokoun is expected to test the market on the 1st.
Kevin Bieksa and Christian Ehrhoff, both defensemen that Detroit fans have considered options, are likely to be resigned before free agency begins. GM Mike Gillis is also hopeful Sami Salo will return next season, though it seems likely he will retire or go play in Finland.