That is a very reasonable scenario as well...
This is a likely scenario.
I would make the arguement that Hudler plays out his contract and stays in Russia next year and that the Wings release Bertuzzi.
Ritola is out of minor league options and he will be fighting for 12/13th forward. If the Wings re-sign him as a RFA.
Using your numbers:
Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Johan Franzen ($3.955m)
Tomas Holmstrom ($2.000m) / Valtteri Filppula ($3.000m) / FREE AGENT
Daniel Cleary ($2.800m) / Darren Helm ($1.100m) / Patrick Eaves ($1.250m)
Kris Draper ($1.583m) / Justin Abdelkader ($0.900m) / Drew Miller ($0.525m)
Mattais Ritola ($0.600m)
Nicklas Lidstrom ($3.450m) / Brian Rafalski ($6.000m)
Brad Stuart ($3.750m) / Niklas Kronwall ($3.000m)
Andreas Lilja ($1.250m) / Jonathan Ericsson ($0.900m)
Jakub Kindl ($0.883m)
Jimmy Howard ($0.717m)
Chris Osgood ($1.417m)
That leaves $3.775m to sign a 2nd line winger OR $4.937m if they want to spend to the cap.
EDIT - thought Backstrom was an UFA - rescinded
Edited by stevkrause, 17 March 2010 - 11:20 AM.