With Gustav Nyquist re-signing for two-years, it means that all of the Detroit Red Wings RFA’s have re-signed.
It puts the Red Wings at 25 players on the roster when only 23 are allowed per the CBA. Of those 25 players, 16 of them are forwards, which is 2 more than the Red Wings’ carried last season.
There are a few options for the Red Wings; they can make a trade, waive a player, or they could send Gustav Nyquist and/or Danny DeKeyser to the AHL.
At Octopus Thrower we have gone over the players who could be on the way out if a trade is the way the Red Wings go to create roster space. Cory Emmerton, Jordin Tootoo, and Patrick Eaves would be the top three to head out of Detroit because Mikael Samuelsson and Todd Bertuzzi both have NTCs.
If they decide to send a player through waivers Mikael Samuelsson would be the first player on the list despite the fact that the Red Wing would only receive $900,000 in cap relief if he is not picked up by another team and is sent to the AHL. Right behind him would be either Todd Bertuzzi or Jordin Tootoo because they would be the next most expendable players on the Red Wings and would help keep the youth movement going in Detroit.
The last resort would be to send Gustav Nquist and Danny DeKesyer down to the AHL to create the roster space. The problem is if they make that move it leaves the Red Wings with only 6 defensemen on their roster and takes away one of their better defensemen.
The other issue would be keeping Nyquist in the AHL, which would stunt his development and keep and NHL ready player in the AHL for another season.
Once Training Camp is over, I expect the Red Wings to make a few moves to put them back under the salary cap and roster limit, while keeping their core intact.
Which moves do you think the Red Wings will make?