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Decisions Abound As Open Season Ahead
Unrestricted Free Agency Starts July 1...
By Jason Kasiorek

The future should start taking shape in the next few weeks as the organization will have to make some decisions on quite a few personnel. The first important deadline is Monday, June 26th the deadline for qualifying offers to Group II Free Agents (RFA's). Detroit has already publicly announced qualifying offers to Johan Franzen, Dan Cleary and former Griffin Jason Williams. Several Grand Rapids players including Kopecky, Hudler, Bootland, Lebda, and McDonell are waiting for offers. Todd Jackson and Michael Hackert are two RFA's not expected to be offered a new deal.

Unrestricted Free Agency begins July 1st, with Detroit having 13 UFA's including Norris trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom, and both NHL netminders. Players with GR ties include Helmer, MacLean and Manlow. The Griffins also have 8 of their own free agents, most notably rookie blueliner Clay Wilson, who scored 10 goals as a freshman. Below is the organization's list of free agents. Check back for updates as signings are announced.

Free Agent List
Detroit Contracts
GManny LegaceUFA
GChris OsgoodUFASigned 2 yr Deal - Det
DCory CrossUFA
DNicklas LidstromUFASigned 2 yr Deal - Det
DJason WooleyUFA
DBryan HelmerUFA
DDmitri BykovUFA
DBrett LebdaRFAQualified
LWDan ClearyRFAQualified
LWBrendan ShanahanUFA
LWDonald MacLeanUFA
LWJiri HudlerRFAQualified
LWTomas KopeckyRFAQualified
CSteve YzermanUFARetired 7/3
CMark MowersUFASigned 2 yr Deal - Bos
CEric ManlowUFA
CJohan FranzenRFAQualified
RWJason WilliamsRFAQualified
RWKent McDonellRFAGroup 6 - UFA
RWDarryl BootlandRFAQualified
RWTodd JacksonRFANot Qualified - UFA
RWMichael HackertRFANot Qualified - UFA
Grand Rapids Contracts
DTerry VirtueUFA
DClay WilsonUFA
DNick MartensUFA
DGreg AmadioUFA
DJohn AdamsUFA
DBryce CharpentierUFA
CBrad BonelloUFA
RWRyan KellerUFA