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State Of The Team: Detroit Red Wings

The 2013-14 NHL season is over, which means there are changes coming for the Detroit Red Wings roster. Players will be coming into the organization and players will be leaving.

Let’s take a look at the roster as it currently stands heading into next season.

Tomas Jurco has effectively NHLed himself this season and will most likely be back with the big club next season, but he still have waiver exemption, which is why he is not on the roster. The same goes for Petr Mrazek who might end up as Jimmy Howard’s back-up next season.

Jordin Tootoo could see himself become a compliance buyout and would leave Detroit with ten forwards on their roster.

RFAs

Riley Sheahan Tomas Tatar
Danny DeKeyser Landon Ferraro
Mitch Callahan Adam Almqvist
Cory Emmerton Andrej Nestrasil
Willie Coetzee Trevor Parkes
Max Nicastro Gleason Fournier

Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar, and Danny DeKeyser will certainly be back next season and will all be in Detroit.

Mitch Callahan, Landon Ferraro, and Adam Almqvist are borderline and while they will most likely be back with the organization next season, but will spend at least one more year in Grand Rapids or as emergency call-ups.

Cory Emmerton, Andrej Nestrasil, Willie Coetzee, Trever Parkes, Max Nicastro, and Gleason Fournier are all expendable and replaceable to the Red Wings’ organization, but each one could see an offer from either the Red Wings or the Griffins.

UFAs

Daniel Alfredsson

Jonas Gustavsson

David Legwand

Todd Bertuzzi

Mikael Samuelsson

Daniel Cleary

Daniel Alfredsson is probably the only player who could return to Detroit next season, but he will have a tough decision this off-season on whether to retire or go for glory one more year. He ended up being a very important piece for the Detroit Red Wings with the constant barrage of injuries and provided veteran leadership on and off the ice.

Jonas Gustavsson expressed some interest in returning to Detroit next season and the Red Wings were happy with how he played on the ice. Todd Bertuzzi remains hopeful he could return to the Red Wings as well, but with the young players took his spot on the ice.

Daniel Cleary and David Legwand might want to stay in Detroit as well, but I doubt Holland will be interested in either of them. The Cleary signing ended up biting Holland in the back, while Legwand started off his time well in Detroit, but trailed off and ended it on the fourth line.

Salary Cap

The Salary Cap for next season is estimated to be around seventy-one million dollars next season and Detroit Red Wings only have about a fifty-one million dollar cap hit heading into next season, plus the two million dollars from Alfredsson’s over thirty-five bonus.

That leaves the Detroit Red Wings with about seventeen to eighteen million dollars, more than enough to sign a few of their restricted free agents and a couple unrestricted free agents to fill out the roster.

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