DETROIT NEWS/DETROIT FREE PRESS: reported Red Wings general manager Ken Holland addressed a report from Sportsnet yesterday claiming defenseman Brian Rafalski has not yet told him he’s going to retire. Holland said Rafalski told him during his end-season interview he “had decisions to make” but Holland said he hasn’t spoken with the blueliner since then, though he expects to hear from Rafalski later this week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully there will be further clarification on Rafalski’s status later this week. If he does retire it’ll free up $6 million from the Red Wings payroll for next season, which will almost certainly send them into the UFA market for a potential replacement, like Tomas Kaberle, Joni Pitkanen, James Wisniewski, Kevin Bieksa or Christian Ehrhoff if they’re available on July 1st.
NHL.COM: reports NY Islanders captain Doug Weight has called a press conference for Thursday morning, where he’s expected to officially announce his retirement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg. I’ll take a look back at Weight’s career on my blog once he makes his retirement official. Injuries have clearly taken a toll on him.