Red Wings GM Ken Holland has talked to Jiri Hudler about a new contract, but the Detroit Free Press reports the center might be tempted to test the free agent market this summer.
The 28-year-old, who earned a cap hit of $2.875 million this year, had a strong season, collecting 25 goals and 25 assists for 50 points in 81 games.
After bailing on the Wings back in 2009 to earn more money in the KHL, Hudler could now be looking to cash in on the productive season he just completed and experience the market for the first time in his NHL career.
Although Hudler is not a top skater, he has done great work on the powerplay and several teams might be looking to acquire him this off-season. While the Wings are more than likely interested in keeping him in Detroit, they won’t overpay for the forward.
The Wings will rather focus on chasing a top-scorer and adding some grit and size up front.
While Hudler has been an important part of the Wings' lineup since the team selected him 58th overall in the 2002 NHL Draft, the Free Press would be surprised to see him back in their uniform next season.