The Detroit Red Wings have notified Hall of Fame-bound forward Luc Robitaille that they will not exercise their option to bring him back for the 2003-04 season. The Red Wings will pay $1 million for declining to bring Robitaille back for a third season in Detroit.
Red Wings’ general manager Ken Holland broke the news to Robitaille on Thursday and spoke to Pat Brisson, Robitaille’s agent, on Friday.
“It wasn’t made official in writing, but we did talk,” Brisson said Sunday night. “It wasn’t unexpected.”
Robitaille experienced the least-productive season of his career in 2002-03, scoring only 11 goals.
Robitaille, 37, does not plan to retire yet.
“Once we have permission to speak to other teams, we’ll make a few calls and we’ll get a few calls,” Brisson said. “He still believes he has one or two years in this league. He played on the fourth line. On another team, he might get more ice time, more power-play time.”
Robitaille is reportedly interested in playing in Los Angeles, where he was twice a member of the Kings and where he spent the most-productive years of his career, Phoenix, Colorado or Montreal, his hometown.