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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