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Friday, August 25, 2006
The Mule's new contract is for three years, $2.825 million, according to TSN. With the signing, Detroit now has 7 natural centers (Pavel Datsyuk, Jason Williams, Robert Lang, Henrik Zetterberg, Kris Draper and Greg Johnson are the others.). Glad to see you back, Johan. Update (26. Aug, 8:27 AM): The Freep reports that, because Steve Yzerman's $400,000 bonus from his last contract counts against the cap this season, the Wings are essentially operating under a $43.6 million limit. Franzen will earn $775,000 this season ($900,000 the next and $1.15 million in the third), leaving them only about $2.6 million left in cap space, according to the paper. Since they'll only be willing to part with about half of that figure in order to have a cushion, they really have only $1 million to $1.3 million to spend on another forward. Because players like Anson Carter and JP Dumont are asking for more than that, it seems very unlikely that the Wings will be making any more deals before the season.