April 15, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock (center) during game three of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals against the Nashville Predators at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The New CBA: Red Wings Edition

Current Red Wings Roster


Zetterberg – Datsyuk – Brunner

Franzen – Filppula* – Samuelsson

Cleary – Helm* – Bertuzzi

Miller – Abdelkader – Tootoo

Mursak – Emmerton – Eaves*


Kronwall – Ericsson

Quincey – White

Smith – Colaiacovo*






Valtteri Filppula strained his MCL playing for Helsinki Jokerit, but should be ready at the beginning of the season. Carlo Colaiacovo injured his shoulder playing for Canada in the Spengler Cup. His injury will put him on the sidelines for 2-3 weeks. Patrick Eaves is still recovering from his concussion last season.

How the CBA will effect the Red Wings

Per the CBA the Salary Cap this season stands at $70.2 Million. The current Red Wings cap hit is $62.8 million. This give the Red Wings room to sign a player to a one year deal and gives the Red Wings plenty of flexibility if/when injuries occur.

Next season the Salary Cap drops to $64.3 million. The Red Wings will be in solid financial shape with a $49 million cap hit, but will need to re-sign players or bring in new Free Agents to fill openings.

Jimmy HowardIan WhiteDrew MillerDamien Brunner, Daniel Cleary, and Valtteri Filppula will be Unrestricted Free Agents.

Gustav Nyquist, Jan Mursak, Jakub Kindl, and Brendan Smith will be Restricted Free Agents.

This means that the Red Wings will be able to spend $15 million to re-sign ten players. The new contracts will not be able to exceed 7 years in length, 8 years if they are re-signing with the same team. Because of this rule the NHL might see a few sign and trade deals. Sign and trade deals would help the team bringing in the player because it adds another year to their contract and it will help the team that would be trading him because they would not lose the player for nothing.

The Red Wings will, also, have two compliance buyouts that they will be able to use after June, but before the start of the 2013-14 season. Players like Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson could be bought out to create more room for the Red Wings younger players and give the Red Wings more cap room to work with. If both Bertuzzi and Samuelsson were bought out using the compliance buyout, The Red Wings would have $5 million more in cap room for the 2013-14 season.

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