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Red Wing News - June 2001

6\27 After spending the past two months pondering his future, forward Brent Gilchrist 
exercised his option to return for another season Tuesday, the last day possible to do so.
  Free Agency begins Sunday July 1, there should be news then. Detroit is rumored to be 
pursuing Jeremy Roenick and Alexander Mogilny.

6\15 Nick Lidstrom finally got what he's deserved for the past four seasons, winning the 
Norris Trophy. It's sad that it feels like he won on sentiment alone, but we all know that
the award winners are voted on by the NHL beat writers and whomever they're hyping up wins 
the awards. Their decision was almost unanimous. Out of 62 ballots, Lidstrom had 56 first 
place votes, five second place votes and one third-place vote. He had 600 points; the 
runner up, Colorado's Ray Bourque, had 251. I'm still shocked that Pronger won the Hart 
last season. Scotty lost the Jack Adams to Bill Barber of the Flyers.
  Other Wings receiving votes: Captain Steve Yzerman finished sixth for the Selke Trophy
as best defensive forward, 10th for the Lady Byng and 21st for the Hart. Center Sergei 
Fedorov finished 12th for the Selke and 19th for the Hart.
  Slava Fetisov will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto this year. He is 
one of the best 5 or 10 ever to play defense. It's good to see that he's getting the proper 
respect despite his nationality.

6\9 Add Todd Gill to the list of veteran's whom the Wings will not resign. He joins Larry 
Murphy, Doug Brown, and Pat Verbeek.

6\7 Scotty Bowman will indeed return next season, but who didn't know that. Barry Smith is 
already signed and there's a 99% chance Dave Lewis will soon. His contract is up June 30.
   The Stanley Cup Finals will end this weekend, so you can look for some moves to begin 
happening. The Free Agent open season begins July 1. The NHL Awards will be June 14.

6\1 Dougie Brown, one of my favorite players, was informed today that the Wings will not resign 
him. His hometown of Boston appears to be interested in the 37 year old. With 160 goals, Brown 
has more than any active NHL player without ever having a 20-goal season in his 15-year career. 
Brown had nine goals and 13 assists in 60 games this season. 
    Detroit led all NHL teams with 17,000 season ticket holders. There is a waiting list of 
9000 people to get season seats.

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