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IN THE CREASE
Michael Farber
July 19, 1999
Red wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom has given his agent, Don Meehan, permission to negotiate a new contract with Detroit, indicating that Lidstrom is leaning toward rejecting an offer from V�ster�s of the Swedish Elite League. Lidstrom is looking for something close to Brian Leetch's salary of more than $8 million a year, although he doesn't have the bargaining power Leetch had. Leetch would have been a free agent if he hadn't re-upped with the Rangers last month....
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July 19, 1999

In The Crease

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Red wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom has given his agent, Don Meehan, permission to negotiate a new contract with Detroit, indicating that Lidstrom is leaning toward rejecting an offer from V�ster�s of the Swedish Elite League. Lidstrom is looking for something close to Brian Leetch's salary of more than $8 million a year, although he doesn't have the bargaining power Leetch had. Leetch would have been a free agent if he hadn't re-upped with the Rangers last month....

The Canucks are trying to sign first-round draft choices Daniel and Henrik Sedin by Thursday, because after July 15 the club will be required to pay a $100,000 transfer fee to the International Ice Hockey Federation for each of the twins if they play in the NHL next season. The Sedins have been saying since last fall that they plan to finish their last year of high school in Sweden, while playing with their Swedish club, MoDo....

The Maple Leafs' Pat Quinn might be successful as both coach and general manager (he'll get the latter title later this month), but history suggests those jobs are too big for one man. The men who most recently held both positions—Mike Keenan of the Blues, Jacques Demers of the Lightning and Mike Milbury of the Islanders—were underwhelming....

Roman Turek, whom St. Louis acquired from the Stars last month, will be given a chance to beat out Grant Fuhr and become the Blues' No. 1 goalie. Fuhr once lost his job to another well-regarded but inexperienced Czech in his late 20s who came to Fuhr's team in a summer trade. The goalie? Dominik Hasek.

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