Going into 13/14, the Wings have 10 forwards under contract: Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen, Samuelsson, Helm, Bertuzzi, Tootoo, Abdelkader, Eaves, and Emmerton. Who knows what's going to happen with Eaves (health) and Emmerton (numbers game), they may not be here by then. RFAs are Nyquist and Mursak. I'd expect Nyquist back, and maybe Mursak depending on what he does this season (if he even plays here). UFAs are Filppula, Cleary, Brunner, and Miller. They've said they want to re-sign Filppula, I imagine Brunner would be back if he plays well, they could let Cleary walk, and Miller's situation would depend on numbers. I would also expect most or all of Tatar, Sheahan, Jurco, Jarnkrok, Pulkkinen, Ferraro, and Andersson (RFA) to challenge for roster spots. That's a lot of guys going for 13 or 14 spots. Either a few guys would have to be dealt or Holland could use the buyouts. IMO, Samuelsson and Bertuzzi are the perfect candidates. Both would be old (Samuelsson 37 and Bertuzzi 38), no better than 3rd line players, and it would free up just over $5M in cap space to help retain Filppula, Howard, Smith, and shore up the defense.
As for buying out guys who were just signed... the Wings had signed Ray Whitney and Derian Hatcher to contracts in the summer of 2003. Both were bought out at the conclusion of the last lockout.