LW Johan Franzen (Buyout) - I don't make this move because of his play this year nor last, I make it because of the ridiculousness of the 11-year contract he received. Get him out of here, he's replaceable and he is a drain on the cap. It would cost them $17.5M up front to cut him, but the long-term impact on the team should make it an easier pill to swallow. His play is going regress while there are plenty of other LW who will bring more jersey sales and more wins to the team.
C Stephen Weiss (Trade) - Gosh, I've been against this trade since the day it was announced. What an overrated player and severely overpaid!! Should have kept Filppula for that cost, at least he fit in with his teammates and played relatively well. I don't care who takes him, but get him out of Detroit. He was so bad this year, I don't know that anyone would even take him, but for the sake of my plan, they trade him for a 3rd round draft pick.
RFA C Luke Glendening - $800,000 (1yr) - Luke is a gritty player that has a ton of room to develop into a grinder with a long career on 3rd and 4th checking lines.
RFA C Riley Sheahan - $825,000 (1yr) - Riley Sheahan has come to life this season and I am loving it. I think he'll eventually become a good 2nd line center and I would like him back in red sweaters next year.
RFA LW Tomas Tatar - $925,000 (1yr) - Oh buddy is he becoming the scorer we all thought he would. He's gotta stay in the team's plans long-term and the "kid line" really propelled this playoff push.
RFA D Danny DeKeyser - $2,900,000 (3yrs) - Time to lock him up for a few years. Signing a three-year deal for almost $9M total gives him security and a chance at a big payday at 27-years-old, while giving the Red Wings a top-4 D that has the potential to be top-2.
UFA RW Daniel Alfredsson - $5,000,000 (1yr) - I am in the "re-sign Alfie" crowd. I think he showed he still has it and with the roster changes I'm going to be making in the top 9, I need some consistency. Another 1-year deal should work for him and Detroit. He looks a lot better when Datsyuk is healthy. He'll bridge the gap between Nyquist moving to the top line and Jurco coming up to Detroit full-time in 2015-2016.
UFA G Jonas Gustavsson - $3,000,000 (1yr) - He gets a nice payday after a good year in net and bridges the gap before Mrazek is up full time, much like Alfie and Jurco. Doubling his pay should keep him in red.
RFA C Cory Emmerton - $625,000 (1yr)
RFA C Landon Ferraro - $725,000 (1yr)
RFA RW Mitchell Callahan - $650,000 (1yr)
RFA RW Trevor Parkes - $600,000 (1yr)
RFA D Adam Almquist - $625,000 (1yr)
RFA D Max Nicastro - $600,000 (1yr)
Free Agent Signings:
RFA LW Patrik Berglund $3,550,000 (3yrs) - Berglund is a Swedish LW/C who uses his size very well and can make things happen for his teammates. He is only going to be 26 this summer and he is a restricted free agent, so I try to sign him to the maximum value at the cost of a 2nd round pick (Unknown value right now). It could very well be matched, but we'll see - St. Louis has a number of players that they need to lock up long-term. If need be, if the team gets a 3rd round pick for Weiss, I'd consider giving up the 1st & 3rd for Berglund at the higher $$$ amount. He's young, he's huge, he's a two-way player, and he would make the most dominating Swedish line in the world.
UFA LW Matt Moulson $4,750,000 (2yrs) - Moulson is one of those top-6 guys that seems to perform even when bouncing around from team-to-team. I like him on the top line in my plans, although there is plenty of room to move him around if things don't work out there.
UFA RW Patrick Eaves $1,750,000 (1yr) - This will never happen, but he's the RW I want on my 4th line. The young kids are too young and I think he has been terribly under-used by Babcock. Give him a healthy raise and bring him back in red.
UFA D Dan Boyle $7,400,000 (1yr) - I don't know that he wants to leave the Sharks, but I make him an offer to become the 2nd-highest player on the Red Wings and a spot on the 1st line. His offensive prowess is solid - he's had a down year, but the entire Shark team has been dominating. I think he is the kind of defenseman that is available and can put the team over the edge. Give him the opportunity to play with a defenseman like Kronwall and he should perk up to the idea quite a bit!
1st: Moulson - Datsyuk - Alfredsson
2nd: Berglund - Zetterberg - Nyquist
3rd: Tatar - Helm - Abdelkader
4th: Miller - Glendening - Eaves
Def1: Kronwall - Boyle
Def2: DeKeyser - Ericsson
Def3: Kindl - Smith
PP1: Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Abdelkader
Moulson - Boyle
PP2: Tatar - Berglund - Nyquist
Kronwall - Alfredsson
PK1: Miller - Helm
Kronwall - Ericsson
PK2: Glendening - Eaves
DeKeyser - Boyle
4-4 1: Zetterberg - Datsyuk
Kronwall - Boyle
4-4 2: Helm - Nyquist
Berglund - Ericsson
3-3 1: Datsyuk
Dekeyser - Boyle
3-3 2: Zetterberg
Kronwall - Nyquist
So going forward, Alfie retires and Nyquist assumes his role & money. Hopefully Smith grows, taking over on the 2nd line with DeKeyser moving up to the 1st line. Ouelett comes up, Jurco takes over for Nyquist (who moves up to 1st line) and Callahan could take over on the 4th line... Mrazek takes over backup goalie, freeing money up for Tatar... Makes for an easy transition.
Edited by _SP_, 30 March 2014 - 08:19 PM.