Hasek, Hudler Re-sign with Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings kept two players from their run to the 2007 Western Conference Finals on board Thursday, signing goaltender Dominik Hasek and forward Jiri Hudler to new contracts.

Hasek's deal was announced by agent Rich Winter late in the day.

"We've settled," Winter said Thursday night. "Dominik wanted to give the team room to have money under the salary cap. Let's face it, he's a $5 million-a-year goalie. We all know that. But I managed to talk them down to $2 million. It was a unique negotiation."

As per club policy, terms of the deal were not announced. Detroit general manager Ken Holland had previously hinted that Hasek's deal would be worth $2 - $2.5 million.

Restricted free agent Hudler agreed to a two-year deal that will reportedly pay him a little over $1 million per season.

Several Russian teams were also interested in Hudler and may have been able to offer more money to the 23-year-old but he chose to remain with the team that drafted him.

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I've been reading people elsewhere seemingly flipping out about the fact that Detroit doesn't have Dominik Hasek signed yet.A quote from one of the DetNews blogs...

Hasek, 42, isn't interested in playing for any other team. He and the Wings are close to a deal but still are haggling over base pay dependent on how far away the Wings are from the salary-cap ceiling. As noted earlier today, Hasek says he'll re-sign with the Red Wings and only the Red Wings, but he may have to wait until the Red Wings finish re-signing Hudler, Meech, and the mysterious depth defenceman and forward with size that the Red Wings need.

What that means...Hasek will sign with Detroit. The amount that Hasek will be paid has been determined. It's just a matter of whether he'll get that money in the form of base salary (which counts towards the cap this year) or sure-to-be-met bonuses (which count towards the cap next year).The Wings need to finish up their other free agent signings before signing Hasek so that they know whether or not they need extra cap space this season. If they don't, more of Hasek's money will be in the base salary. If they're nearer to the cap this year, they'll put Hasek's money into bonuses so that it gets pushed onto next year's cap.So calm down, he's as good as signed, it's just a matter of getting all the other ducks in a row first.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 7/4/2007 at 10:26 AM


I completely agree, Hasek was as good as signed the moment he told Ken Holland that he would like to return.

Posted by choyer on 7/4/2007 at 1:51 PM


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