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In a surprise if not shocking move sources tell Sportsnet the #RedWings will announce retirement of D Brian Rafalski as early as this week.

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That leaves a space open on their defense.

They could really use an experienced puck-mover who's name is Gonchar.

Would only cost them a 1st round pick.

LOL

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sandysensfan wrote:That leaves a space open on their defense.

They could really use an experienced puck-mover who's name is Gonchar.

Would only cost them a 1st round pick.

LOL

Yeah, that came to mind right away lol. Gonchar or Kuba would serve them real well!

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give them kuba....

but wait why is rafalski retiring????

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Michallica wrote:give them kuba....

but wait why is rafalski retiring????

He's old as the hills? I dunno, he's signed for one more year @ 6.5 million, I would have beaten my arse out of bed to play another year. We'll have to wait for an announcement.

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Why does the title say Shocker????

He'll be 38 by next regular season.

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hemlock wrote:Why does the title say Shocker????

He'll be 38 by next regular season.

He had 1 more year left at 6.5 million, he scored 50 points last year and was a HUGE part of Detroit's PP and PK. He's solidly entrenched in their top 4 D-men with Kronwall, Stuart and Lidstrom. He's 37, but he's not really declining from what I saw and there was no rumblings or hints about this whatsoever. I was shocked, a lot of people are surprised. You're not?

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Good thing it ain't a 35+ contract...

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Tolensky stat: Since the lockout, the top 5 scoring d-men: Lidstrom 382 pts, Visnovsky 310, Rafalski 308, Boyle 306, Kaberle 305.

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Tolensky stat fast ball: Since Rafalski joined the Devils in 1999, top 5 scoring d-men: Lidstrom 685 pts, Gonchar 581, Rafalski 515, Kaberle 507, Pronger 500.

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shabbs wrote:Tolensky stat fast ball: Since Rafalski joined the Devils in 1999, top 5 scoring d-men: Lidstrom 685 pts, Gonchar 581, Rafalski 515, Kaberle 507, Pronger 500.

The Gonch...come on Gonchie, we need you this year!

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SpezDispenser wrote:
shabbs wrote:Tolensky stat fast ball: Since Rafalski joined the Devils in 1999, top 5 scoring d-men: Lidstrom 685 pts, Gonchar 581, Rafalski 515, Kaberle 507, Pronger 500.

The Gonch...come on Gonchie, we need you this year!
Gonch... heh heh... bounce back year?

Wink

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shabbs wrote:Gonch... heh heh... bounce back year?

Wink

I hesitate to say it couldn't get worse, but...yeah, it could, he could retire I guess.

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SpezDispenser wrote:
shabbs wrote:Gonch... heh heh... bounce back year?

Wink

I hesitate to say it couldn't get worse, but...yeah, it could, he could retire I guess.
35+ contract though... bah. He's gotta earn it.

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shabbs wrote:
35+ contract though... bah. He's gotta earn it.

Yeah, that's what I meant. If he wakes up one morning and says F this noise and retires, we're on the hook. I guess this would be the best time for that - not that I think it's gonna happen, but we have cap to waste.

I think he can bounce back. I'll stick by that and hope to heck.

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