Red Wings’ Jiri Hudler’s stock surges as free agency signing period nears

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If you’re Jiri Hudler, what do you do this summer?

Hudler scored 25 goals this past season, plays on a great line with Henrik Zetterberg and Valtteri Filppula, and seems to have found a comfort level in the city and organization.

He’s never played any-where else in the NHL (except for a one-year hiatus to Russia) and seems to appreciate what he was with the Wings.

But this is a rare opportunity.

Coming off that 25-goal season, and with a thin free-agent market, Hudler (who can be an unrestricted free agent July 1), could be a highly sought-after player.

“I would say so,” said Petr Svoboda, Hudler’s agent. “He’s a player who can score goals. He’s shown he can do that.”

But will Hudler be able to do so in another system, with the pressure of a big contract hovering over him while playing with less talented teammates?

According to Svoboda, Hudler knows what he has with the Wings and would like to stay.

“He likes Detroit a lot,” said Svoboda Wednesday.

“He loves the team. I’ve had a couple conversations with (Wings general manager) Kenny Holland about Huds, and the future. We still have time (almost three weeks, before July 1).”


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