"Brett was impressive in the time he spent with us last season. He possesses the skills I think will help contribute to the success of this organization in the long-term."It says a lot about Lebda that Holland was willing to offer him a longterm deal, as Holland has said he is trying to avoid that during this free agency. Holland is still looking for an inexpensive, physical defenseman to fill Jiri Fischer's role. Update (Matt, 5:26 PM): Ansar Khan reports that the contract is for $2.6 million over the four years, broken down this way:
He'll earn $650,000 in each of the next two seasons, $750,000 in 2008-09 and $850,000 the final season.Although the Wings are still looking for an affordable defenseman, they now have the same six defensemen signed that they used in the playoffs, as Khan points out, and could already start the season with a pretty good look on the blue line. The un-signed RFA pool is down to Jason Williams, Johan Franzen, Jiri Hudler, Tomas Kopecky and Darryl Bootland.