To me it looks pretty simple. No real big changes, just continued emphasis on developing and improving home grown talent.
(In no real order)
1. Datsyuk, 2. Zetterberg, 3. Wiess, 4. Franzen, 5. Tatar, 6. Helm, 7. Abdelkader, 8. Miller, 9. Nyquist, 10. Sheahan, 11. Jurco, 12. Andersson, 13. Glendenning, 14. Pulkkinen
-All RFA's resigned
-Cleary is a goner for sure this time.
-Pulkkinen is no longer waiver exempt next season (but obviously doesn't need to go back...) and gets a spot.
-Franzen will be back
-As will Weiss. He will literally be impossible to ship out without getting another bad contract back. Especially since his salary goes up to $6M in the next two seasons. I can't see Holland doing a buyout either.
-Unless Cole goes on an extreme tear and/or it appears Franzen may not be ready to start the season, he won't be resigned.
-Callahan and Ferraro get re-signed and get to battle over who will be the next Nestrasil.
1. Kronwall, 2. Ericsson, 3. DeKeyser, 4. Quincey, 5. Smith, 6. Zidlicky/UFA/Marchenko/Ouellet, 7. Lashoff/Kindl/UFA
-Attempt to re-sign Zidlicky for one more year. Then, when Quincey/Zidlicky/Lashoff leave on July 1, 2016, Ouellet, Markchenko and Sproul have open spots when their waiver exemption goes away.
-Or, Marchenko gets #6 spot as sole RH shot.
-(Unlikely) Or they go after another UFA RH shot.
-Attempt and hopefully succeed trading Kindl for pick(s). Having him (expensively) sit out most games will just make him even harder to trade.
-Lashoff slides in at #7 again to sit in the dressing room most games. I don't see Holland putting Ouellet/Marchenko in this spot, since they could play every night in GR. They could also bring in a cheap veteran UFA for this spot as well.
1. Howard, 2. Mrazek
-Gustavsson FINALLY leaves as a UFA a year later than he should have
-Mrazek gets the backup job
-McCollum elects for Group VI UFA status to get a change of scenery
-Bring in an experienced #3 (ala LaBarbara, Ellis, JOEY MACDONALD PLZ, etc.) to push Mrazek in camp, give them a serviceable backup if needed, and mentor Paterson and Coreau on the farm.
I don't see Holland getting too aggressive in the market this summer. The UFA class this summer is stupid thin, which will lead to stupid Andrew MacDonald like overpayments in both trades and salaries. The overpayments can also lead to Stephen Weiss 2.0.
Plus, the Red Wings need to be a little conservative for the future. Loading up on big long term contracts will make it harder to retain all of the good young players when they start approaching UFA eligibility. If the team is poised to make a run, they can use any extra cap room for affordable rentals again.
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