For those of you expecting the Detroit Red Wings to create some fireworks over this Fourth of July holiday, prepare to be underwhelmed.
With Vincent Lecavalier headed to Philadelphia, David Clarkson demanding the moon and stars, and injury concerns about Nathan Horton, the Wings have refocused on their own unrestricted free agents, acquiring a second-line center, and perhaps extending an overture to Jarome Iginla to gage his interest in Detroit.
Over the last two days, Red Wing GM Ken Holland has been in contact with the agents for his own soon-to-be UFAs, Val Filppula, Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner.
Were talking. I think they want to be here, Holland said of Cleary and Brunner. We want to keep them.
Filppula is a different story. Although the Wings are still in contact with Filppulas camp, Holland has been informed that the Finnish forward is looking forward to becoming a UFA on Friday.
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