Here are 2 scenarios for keeping Hossa OR keeping Franzen and Hudler without trading away Filppula or other bigger contracts.
Scenario 1: NO HOSSA OR SAMMY (In millions): Franzen & Hudler would also have to take a home team discount:
6.08 - Zetterberg
1.8 - Hudler
0.6 - Helm
0.875 - Leino (RFA not signed yet)
3.4 - Franzen
0.716 Howard or other backup goalie
0.525 - Kopecky
0.9 - Ericsson (Lebda and Meech on the bench, Chelios retires to bench coach)
14.896 mil = TOTAL
Scenario 2: NO HUDLER OR FRANZEN:
6.08 - Z
6.0 Hossa (similar creative deal like Z's)
0.6 - Helm
0.875 - Leino
1.2 - Sammy (if he comes back for same salary)
0.716 Howard or other backup
15.996 mil = TOTAL (salary cap would have to increase by about $1 mil)
Cant afford 8 defencemen (If Ericsson will be with Wings Lilja will have to be traded, Chelios retires. Ericsson is .30 less than Lilja) Only Meech on the bench.
So based on which way the Wings choose to go I don't think they will be signing any more players until they know what the salary cap will be. There is NO way the Wings can sign both Hossa and Franzen unless they trade away some big contracts like Filppula and someone else.
Hudler at 1.8a year is a pipe dream from the late 60's or early 70's.