Not true. All 3 guys signed before the age of 35 so when they retire, their cap hit disappears from the books. Not like Pronger in Philly . I just hope that the guys we have contracts expiring on this year, we let go and try to get good depth guys like Scuderi. Not sure there's any spots open on forward or D, but hey, there's always GR for guys who don't measure up. Sproul and Ouellet will likely be the top unit there next season and hopefully only there for 1 year.
Should be interesting to see what Holland does if he wants to open up spots.
-If you leave out UFA's (Filppula, Cleary, White, Howard, Brunner, Huskins and Miller)
-It's a good bet that all RFA's minus Mursak have a pretty much 100% chance of being re-signed (Andersson, Kindl and Smith)
-Factor in that Tatar, Andersson and Lashoff can no longer go to GR without hitting waivers
You end up with 20 players on the roster (12 Forwards, 7 Dmen, and 1 Goalie). That leaves 3 spots open. Obviously, the Wings priority at this time is to re-sign Howard, Brunner and Filppula. Which takes up the 3 open spots.
The Red Wings will have to make some moves if they want to make upgrades. However, I doubt they will go the buyout route.
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