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Up-to-the minute updates and insights from the Red Wings locker room at home and on the road. By Chuck Pleiness of The Macomb Daily.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

No contact for Lilja

Andreas Lilja was at the rink this morning for the first on-ice day of the Red Wings' training camp, but not with skates on. Lilja hasn't been cleared for contact drills. He can skate on his own and work out in the weight room, but can't participate in drills or scrimmages.

Lilja was sidelined with headaches after losing a fight to Shea Weber, Feb. 28.

"I’m going to skate; It’s just that I’m not going to skate with contact," said Lilja. "It’s different now in camp (than working out with teammates in the summer). Everybody’s trying to make spots. They’re running around."

Lilja's status is the biggest piece of the Red Wings' roster puzzle for the start of the season. If Lilja is still on the shelf, then his $1.25 million salary can go to long-term injured reserve and not on the team's salary cap. If Lilja is healthy, however, then the Wings will be tight to the cap even with 22 players on their active roster.


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