With Z and Dats both out this is the perfect situation for Weiss to find his game. He will be playing top line minutes with better line mates and simply MUST put up points or we are screwed. If Weiss gets going out of this whole ordeal it may be worth it in the long run.
Q has 0 future with this organization after this year from the way it looks now. Smith is not going anywhere. Lashoff is expendable once our young talent makes the move up and I see Kindl as expendable after Lashoff possibly in a trade. Kindl actually holds value right now but I don't think he is necessarily what this team needs long term.
Ideally holland would bring someone up with top 6 talent to try to keep the scoring going. however, we all know we will see glendening or another bottom 6 guy step in. (not that I don't like glendening - i just don't think he provides what we need)
OK, if I am trading Franzen instead of using the buyout, I still maintain that there may be only ONE team that would be interested in his services. The Vancouver Canucks. Especially if Franzen goes to Sochi and just lights it up with the Sedins. Not saying that he will for sure be playing with them, but I am sure he will see some time on their line and when he does, he will show how compatible he is with them. I think, and believe that he would be lights out with them. On the Red Wings, Franzen score 25 goals, with the Sedins he tops 40. I know I have pined for Alex Burrows time and time again, but it seems he has lacked production recently and as I looked over their roster, I noticed that they have David Booth. Booth used to play with Weiss in Florida and could possibly reignite a bit of chemistry if they were reunited. His cap hit is under $4.25M so it isn't too much more than Franzen's and the chemistry potential with Weiss is more than worth the increase. Franzen's contract length is more than worth it to Vancouver for the possible chemistry between the Swede's out there.
Sedin - Sedin - Franzen looks like a lethal line for Vancouver...
Nyquist - Weiss - Booth looks like a great 2nd line unit for Detroit...it's a win-win for both teams.
so, now on to next years roster I would like to see. (entertainment purposes only)
Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Steen
Nyquist - Weiss - Booth
Tatar - Helm - Abdelkader
Sheahan - Andersson - Miller
Kronwall - Ericsson
DeKeyser - Smith
Kindl - Lashoff
I let ALL UFA's walk, including Alfredsson, which will be the tough one, but if this is not his swan song and continues his scoring pace, he will price himself out of Detroit...unfortunately. Also Monster will be hard to let go too, if he decides to make similar salary next season, maybe another go at backing up Jimmy...that wouldn't bother me at all.
I love Tootoo, but it really seems Detroit is done with him, as well as Eaves.
Here is my capgeek roster with salaries and nice raises for our RFA's:
the buyout is still available and may actually not be needed...unless you want to use it on Tootoo instead of waiving him...
we want no part of booth. guy is overpaid and can't stay healthy. we don't need that dead weight for this season and next. franzen is much better than booth. Weiss and booth have been split for so long it won't make a difference towards chemistry - also chemistry means nothing when they are both playing in babs' system where they aren't just running and gunning like in FLA.