Wing and a prayer for Eagle

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

The Detroit Red Wings put goaltender Ed Belfour through a three-hour physical Tuesday at the Detroit Medical Center and could sign him pending a good report.

Belfour, 41, met with Wings general manager Ken Holland before and after the examination, which follows back surgery this spring. The Wings have been judging the merits of signing the former Maple Leaf versus obtaining a goalie by trade, with Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere and San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov the names most often mentioned in a swap.

A lower-salaried goalie such as Belfour would allow the Wings to better accommodate free agent Brendan Shanahan, who reportedly has been given one and two-year offers worth up to $4 million US per season.

IT'S A PAD, PAD WORLD

Just because the Buffalo Sabres traded Mika Noronen to Vancouver doesn't mean all three of their goalies from last season are happy campers.

No. 1 Ryan Miller is a restricted free agent, whose ascent has left Martin Biron as a frustrated backup, while an angry Noronen now has been kicked out of the Canucks' crease in Vancouver by the arrival of Roberto Luongo.

"Even if (Luongo) doesn't play that well, he is going to play anyways," Noronen told CKNW radio in Vancouver. "It is a (expletive) thing for me right now as I have no choice, I want to play in the NHL and not in Europe."

Biron has watched nervously while No. 1 goalies have been traded with regularity this summer, with Marc Denis moving to Tampa Bay on Wednesday and Dan Cloutier to Vancouver.

"It's a waiting game," Biron told Canadian Press yesterday.


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