Source: Brian Rafalski to retire

Updated: May 24, 2011, 12:29 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski is expected to announce his retirement this week, a source confirmed to ESPN.com.

The team announced Tuesday that it will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. ET Wednesday, when Rafalski "will discuss his plans for his playing career."

The news was first reported by Rogers SportsNet in Canada.

General manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News on Monday that Rafalski had yet to inform the team about ...

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