DETROIT — The Wings will not offer contracts to defenseman Ruslan Salei or goalie Joey MacDonald prior to free agency on July 1.
Late in the year Salei, who signed a one-year deal late last offseason, found himself competing for the sixth spot on the blue line with Jakub Kindl. He won the battle and played in all 11 games in the postseason and had one goal.
However, if the Wings are unable to fill their need on defense Holland did not rule out bringing Salei back if he is still available.
“We want to be positioned so we can be involved in the marketplace,” Holland said. “We don’t want to tie up a roster spot.”
The Wings wanted to re-sign MacDonald to another two-way deal so they could send him to Grand Rapids if needed, but the journeyman goalie will seek a one-way deal from another club once free agency hits.
MacDonald, who also reportedly has an offer to play in Russia for $1 million, has no interest in returning to the AHL, where he would make only $105,000.
MacDonald was 4-4-1 in his second go-around with the Wings last season with a 2.21 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.