June 30, 2010 // 1:03am ET
Red Wings won't bring back Lilja

According to the Detroit Booth News, the Red Wings will not re-sign veteran defenseman Andreas Lilja to a new contract.

Lilja, 35, is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and his agent, Todd Diamond, told the paper his client will test the open market.

"Detroit hasn't made any effort to sign him or talk to us," Diamond said. "If they want to go in another direction, it's their prerogative. There are plenty of other teams."

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland claims the team presented an offer "a month ago and haven't heard back from them. I'm assuming they didn't like it."

"He enjoyed his time (in Detroit)," Diamond said. "It was a great situation. He had plenty of friends on the team.

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