Former NHL defenseman Brian Rafalski has agreed to contract terms with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.
“I’m not sure if we win the Stanley Cup in ’08 without Brian Rafalski. Not only was he a real good player, he was a perfect fit for Nick Lidstrom.
Continuous back and knee pain this season forced Brian Rafalski to spend more time on the training table getting treatment than he ever has before.
“I’m crossing my fingers and toes every night when I go to bed, hoping that we get good news on Nick,” Holland said.
Brian Rafalski’s NHL career came to an end today after 15 seasons, 3 Stanley Cups, and a Silver Medal as part of the 202 US Men’s Hockey team.
The Detroit Red Wings have scheduled a news conference for defenseman Brian Rafalski amid speculation that he will retire.
The Red Wings confirm that there will be an 11a.m. news conference tomorrow morning to discuss Brian Rafalski’s future.
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.
Brian Rafalski will retire one year before his contract is up, this according to tweets by former NHLer and current reporter for RogersSportsnet Nick Kypreos.
Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen scored midway through the second period to put the Detroit Red Wings ahead, and they went on to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2 Wednesday night in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series.