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Reports: Rafalski, Weight set to retire

Posted on: May 24, 2011 12:57 am
Edited on: May 24, 2011 1:01 am
 
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski and New York Islanders center Doug Weight -- American-born players with Stanley Cup titles to their credit -- are reportedly both expected to announce their retirements soon.

Rafalski, 38, hampered this season with back and knee injuries, is expected to make the announcement “in the coming weeks,” Rogers SportsNet reported on Monday. The Detroit Free Press reported that the GM Ken Holland has not been informed by Rafalski about his status for next season:

“I know there are tons of rumors out there,” Holland said. “Rafi has told me he’s not 100% sure what he’s doing next year. I’ve had a couple of conversations with him, and he’s doing a lot of thinking about whether he’s playing next year or not. But I haven’t talked to him in a week.”

Rafalski could not be reached for comment.

He has one year and $6 million left on the five-year, $30-million contract he signed in the summer of 2007.

The Islanders put out a release calling for a news conference on Thursday where Weight “will announce his decision on the future of his NHL playing career.” Newsday reports that Weight will likely retire and take a position in the organization.

Rafalski, who has been paired with Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom, was part of the Red Wings’ last championship team in 2008. He also won Cups with the New Jersey Devils, the team he broke into the league with in 1999-00, in 2000 and 2003.

Weight debuted with the New York Rangers in 1990-91 and played for the Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes and Anaheim Ducks before he joined the Islanders for the 2008-09 season. He won the title with the Hurricanes in 2006.

-- A.J. Perez
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Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: May 25, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Reports: Rafalski, Weight set to retire

Weber playing for the Wings would be like a dream come true but it wont happen. And not because he already said he wants to play in Canada, but because he seems like the type of guy that wouldn't stick it to the only oranization he's ever known by joining an arch rival. Nash will not give him a huge contract, he'll be somewhere, but not there. Plus lets be real the guy doesn't want to be stuck in Nashville. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 11:18 pm
 

Reports: Rafalski, Weight set to retire

It was time...BR was a great offensive defenseman but lacked the ability to lay the body. 6 million for a top Gm to use for some more defenseman...Can anyone say Shae Weber?!?!  Its easy when you have the Greatest Sports Franchise in all of sports....(Jess Sayin)

Rafalski was a lot better then people give him credit for...  as for laying the body, that's overrated. How often do we see Lidstrom lay the body?  He's a first ballot hall of famer... doesn't hit much but his positioning is second to none.

As for Shea Weber, I agree. I've already gotten slammed by a lot of people on these boards that called me crazy for even thinking it could happen.  And maybe the odds are slim.... but all I know is the Predators better sign him before July 1st or they might be in big trouble... everybody keeps saying the Predators won't let him go to anybody in the west but i'm not sure they have a choice.  He's a RFA and if they don't sign him by July 1st the Predators can't stop anybody from signing him to an offer sheet.  Can they match it? Sure they can... but I'd like to see it... let's see if the Predators will sign a monster offer sheet somebody signs Weber to... let's see if they can match something like a 10 year 70 million dollar deal... maybe even more.  Some say they will trade him.  Who would trade much for a guy that's not under contract?   And why would Weber accomodate the Predators and be forced to go somewhere when he can wait until July 1st and sign an offer sheet with anybody that wants him?



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:28 pm
 

Reports: Rafalski, Weight set to retire

sgemi. The 13 million you're talking about doesn't include an additional 6 million if Rafalski retires plus the cap is going up around 5 million dollars for next season... might be more then 20 available actually.



Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: May 24, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Reports: Rafalski, Weight set to retire

were arte u coming up with 20 mill? with br 6 mill they are looking at about 13 mill to sign 2 d 4 forwards and a goalie.



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 4:56 pm
 

Reports: Rafalski, Weight set to retire

It was time...BR was a great offensive defenseman but lacked the ability to lay the body. 6 million for a top Gm to use for some more defenseman...Can anyone say Shae Weber?!?!  Its easy when you have the Greatest Sports Franchise in all of sports....(Jess Sayin)



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Reports: Rafalski, Weight set to retire

If this is true it'll be interesting to see what Kenny Holland does with the money he's saving.  I already believed the Wings were going to make a splash on or just after July 1st but if Rafalski is retiring you can bet just about anything you've got Holland is going to be active.

I believe this means Holland is going to have about 20 million dollars available to sign  approximately 4 forwards, 4 dmen and a backup goalie. And that's assuming Lidstrom comes back and doesn't take any paycut at all.  Factor in the 4 forwards he's replacing along with the backup goalie probably won't make more then 5 million dollars combined in salaries this would mean Holland has about 15 million dollars available to sign 4 dmen.  If Brenden Smith makes the club at just under 1 million dollars, this leaves him about 14 million for 3 dmen. Another million for a 7th dman which takes it down to about 13 million for the 2 spots left on d....  That's a lot of money available.... let's see what Kenny does but I'm thinking he's going to do something big....



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: May 24, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Reports: Rafalski, Weight set to retire

I hate to admit I can't believe Rafalski is already 38. Seems like only a few years ago he was lacing 'em up for the Badgers. If I'm not too old how can he be unless....................oh boy, the mirror doesn't lie. Looks like the Red Wings offseason moves have begun.



Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: May 24, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Reports: Rafalski, Weight set to retire

He may have been terrible, but Salei was worse.


Rafalski showing class by not hanging around just for the money. 


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