I like the idea's the OP has, but a couple of things forgotten...Holland still has one compliance buyout available to him and also Landon Ferraro is out of options, along with having to be re-signed. This organization has put a lot of time into him to not offer him a contract and every chance to earn a spot. The buyout will be used, hopefully on Franzen (who makes the most sense to use it on.) So, add Ferraro to the roster and that still leaves an open spot for a UFA...
Bertuzzi, Sammy, Cleary, Quincey, Monster and Alfie, goodbye, its over or just didn't work out the way we thought...
Re-sign Danny Diesel, Tatar, Sheahan and Ferraro from the RFA list and ONLY Ericsson on the UFA list (even though I think $4M is too much, but if its what the market dictates, then so be it.)
Say good riddance to Franzen (FINALLY) via the buyout.
Zetterberg (6.08M) - Datsyuk (7.5M) - UFA ($11.7M Available Cap Space)
Mantha ($925) - Weiss (4.9M) - Tatar (1.5M)
Nyquist ($950) - Helm (2.125M) - Abdelkader (1.8M)
Miller (1.35M) - Andersson ($733) - Tootoo (1.9M)
Sheahan ($950)/Ferraro ($950)
Kronwall (4.75M) - DeKeyser (1.5M)
Ericsson (4.0M) - Kindl (2.4M)
Smith (1.263M) - Lashoff ($725)
Yes, I still like Tootoo on this team, IMO he brings a much needed aspect to this team. Maybe Babcock will utilize him more next season when the dead weight is all gone. This roster leaves $11.7M to spend, with that amount of cash Holland could acquire that #1 winger that is so desperately needed on Datsyuk's line. The UFA's out there that would fit that bill are few and far between (not counting anyone who may become available via buyouts.) The top three are Gaborik, Heatley, Alex Steen and Vanek. All of which can be had and could ALL be looking for a change of scenery or in Gaborik's case, someone like Datsyuk to play with...There area also players like Stastny, Joe Thornton that could be had, but that would require moving a natural center to a wing. I am sure it would be fine, and I would love to see Paul Stastny on this team...
I know there are still "kids" who may be close to stepping in to the NHL, but I think with Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan, Ferraro, Ouellet and Mantha and the removal of the old farts, this team is plenty young and green enough to not be TOO young and green. I know the likes of Jarnkrok, Sproul, Almquist, Jurco etc...may see some injury call ups and lest we forget about Glendening who is also an RFA that will probably be re-signed since he is comfortably sitting in the 10th spot on the Wings prospects top 20. They have plenty of players to fill the empty spots left by the old farts and Franzine, but I cannot see the Wings getting back to an elite status with at least one elite line of top 25 NHL talent...
Dastyuk needs a winger that can score 40-50 goals...whether he is out there or not, the players on this team today that are being pout on Datsyuk's line are not talented enough to even score 20 goals.