This is a piece from the MLive article detailing the Wings salary cap for next season:
The Detroit Red Wings have 18 players signed for 2015-16 at a salary-cap figure of $56.75 million. The salary cap is projected to rise from $69 million to roughly $72 million.
The Red Wings will have ample room to sign their own restricted free agents and explore the free-agent market, which is extremely thin.
Here are their salary-cap figures for next season:
Pavel Datsyuk $7.667 million
Henrik Zetterberg $6.083 million
Stephen Weiss $4.9 million
Johan Franzen $3.955 million
Tomas Tatar $2.75 million
Darren Helm $2.125 million
Justin Abdelkader $1.8 million
Drew Miller $1.35 million
Riley Sheahan $950,000
Luke Glendening $628,000
Restricted free agents: Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Jurco, Joakim Andersson, Teemu Pulkkinen, Landon Ferraro.
Unrestricted free agents: Daniel Cleary, Erik Cole.
Niklas Kronwall $4.75 million
Jonathan Ericsson $4.25 million
Kyle Quincey $4.25 million
Jakub Kindl $2.4 million
Danny DeKeyser $2.188 million
Alexey Marchenko $675,000
Restricted free agent: Brendan Smith
Unrestricted free agent: Marek Zidlicky
Jimmy Howard $5.292 million
Petr Mrazek $738,000
Unrestricted free agent: Jonas Gustavsson.
I think it is safe to say that Gustavsson is not going to be re-signed. I think Cleary is a longshot as well, and unfortunately Cole probably will sit the entire season out of the NHL.
Zidlicky is a good question. He great in the first games he played with the Wings, but slowed and became a non-factor against TB. I think he may get a good offer from the Wings, but looking at the upcoming UFAs he will probably sign with a more desperate team with more money to spend. Smith will likely get a good offer, although I think we could do better with other options.
Nyq is almost an untouchable. Jurco, Andersson, and Ferraro could be used as trade bait, but would each demand something more than an aged vet and picks. Pulk is a future PP specialist and the possibility of him getting passed up is insane to me.
The biggest question mark IMO is Weiss. He has a big contract and small numbers. Is there a team that would bite the bullet and take a chance on him via a trade (assuming he lets it happen)? I think it would have to be a contender who maybe wanted one more piece to make the playoffs or advance past their early exit (LA, BOS, NYI, SJ) and have assets to send to us (D-men and/or secondary skill scoring).
Anyways, what is your opinion on what will/should happen (besides Babcock being the main story and priority signing).