The Wings are unquestionably a better team going into next season than they were going into this season and injuries were by far the biggest factor in how this season played out.
Out the door are, Cleary, Samuelsson, Bertuzzi, Eaves, Tootoo, Quincey, and from the sound of things Kindl and Andersson aren't far behind
Replaced by Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan, Glendening, Jurco, Ouellet, likely either Callahan or Ferraro also upfront and possibly Almquist on D.
What free agents of consequence are available? Who exactly are you looking to get rid of?
I don't disagree, the "addition by subtraction" makes the Wings better.. but a lot of those changes have already been made. Quincey is the only real change left on the list. If the team we saw on the ice against Boston is what we're going to see in October, even with the veterans healthy and the kids more experienced, it's still not good enough to contend for the Cup.
You are right... the crop of UFAs leaves much to be desired. Most of them are guys we've never really heard of or guys we didn't know were still in the league. There are a few high-end players, but who knows if they'll be available come July 1st. Any team looking to make a real splash in the off-season will have to keep an eye on RFA negotiations around the league and explore the trade market.
Top UFA Forwards: Cammalleri, Iginla, Jussi Jokinen, Michalek, Moulson, Raymond, Stastny, Vanek, Vrbata... a few of these guys will be expensive, some won't be too bad, and they all can pop in 20 goals.
"Top" UFA Defensemen: Dan Boyle, Mark Fayne, Matt Greene, Ron Hainsey, Scott Hannan, Andrei Markov, Derek Morris, Nikita Nikitin, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, Marek Zidlicky... we're basically looking for a stopgap for a year or two, or an upgrade over Kindl and Lashoff.
Who would I get rid of? I'd have a heart-to-heart with Franzen, find out if he really wants to play, what it would take to get him more engaged, how long he expects to play... and evaluate keeping him, possibly facing a cap-recapture penalty, or buying him out. (I know Holland is keeping him.) I'd buy out Tootoo, let him find an NHL roster spot elsewhere. I'd look to move Kindl. I'd be open to moving a good number of players if the right trade was available.