Red Wings Season Wrap-Up

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DETROIT (AP) -- Dominik Hasek's decision about returning to the Detroit Red Wings next season is two or three weeks away, the 42-year-old goaltender said Friday.
"Me and my family have to make the decision," said Hasek, who signed an incentive-laden one-year contract with Detroit last summer.
Hasek helped the Red Wings reach the Western Conference finals, where they were eliminated in six games by the Anaheim Ducks. It was Detroit's deepest playoff run since winning the 2002 Stanley Cup -- during Hasek's first stint with the club.
"Physically, I felt great this season," said Hasek, who was 38-11-6 with a 2.05 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and eight shutouts during the regular season and was 10-8-0 with a 1.79 GAA, .923 save percentage and two shutouts in the playoffs.
His teammates certainly want Hasek in front of the net again.
"We've talked to him and said we want to see him back," said captain Nicklas Lidstrom. "But he's got to take some time and talk to his family."
Another unrestricted free agent, Todd Bertuzzi -- acquired from Florida at the trade deadline -- said he wants to return.
The 6-3, 245-pound power forward underwent back surgery in October and only played 15 games during the regular season, eight with the Red Wings. He had three goals and four assists in 11 playoff games.
"This is a great dressing room to be a part of," said Bertuzzi.
General manager Ken Holland said he wants to sign Bertuzzi, but only if it fits into the team's salary structure.
Detroit's other unrestricted free agents are defensemen Mathieu Schneider, Danny Markov and Chris Chelios, and forwards Robert Lang and Kyle Calder. Because of the salary cap, the team will probably have to make a choice between Schneider and Markov.
Schneider broke his wrist in Game 5 of the second round against the San Jose Sharks and missed the remainder of the playoffs. Although he turns 38 next month, Schneider's hard slap shot is a big part of the Red Wings' power play and offense in general.
"Certainly, we want Mathieu Schneider back," Holland said.
The 45-year-old Chelios will return for a 24th NHL season.
Because of Schneider's injury and defenseman Niklas Kronwall's fractured hip late in the season, Chelios played more than 20 minutes a game over the last seven games of the playoffs and was effective.
Detroit isn't expected to sign Lang, a 36-year-old center whose play deteriorated during the regular season, or Calder, who was also acquired at the trade deadline. After a fast start in his first few games with the Red Wings, Calder's play steadily tailed off and he was a healthy scratch for the last few playoff games.

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