Detroit Red Wings set for $20-m NHL free-agency bonanza

We speak here of the Detroit Red Wings and the approximately $20 million they have at their disposal to chase free agents, and an owner, Mike Ilitch, with the track record indicating he’s going to do just that. Question is, will realignment go ahead after Collective Bargaining Agreement talks are finished or not?

Players like Ryan Suter and Zach Parise are apt to be stoked about joining a team that already has the likes of Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and quite likely a returning Nicklas Lidstrom, and also boasts a long tradition of winning despite this year’s early exit from the playoffs.

The Wings figure to have the inside track on both these prize catches, just as perhaps the Vancouver Canucks have a possible similar advantage if Nashville flames out in the second round and the Predators determine they must do something with restricted free agent Shea Weber sooner than later if he decides not to stay. But that’s several steps removed.

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5 Responses to Detroit Red Wings set for $20-m NHL free-agency bonanza

  1. JoelLeafs says:

    Sorry for the derail, but nowhere else to put this:

    What do you think Kulemin will get resigned for? I mean, he's definitely a player worth resigning, and if his contract was up before this past season I could see him making 4-5 per. However, we're all aware of his less than inspired year (28pts in 70 GP). What is he worth?

    I'd love to see his go with a 4-5 year deal at 3.5 per. Might be a bit risky, but if he returns to form we could have him for a steal at 3.5. I doubt he'd go that long for that low, but his value isn't exactly up there right now.

    Leafs also have Frattin and Franson to re-up, but they shouldn't make too much more. Maybe 2-2.5 for Frattin and 1-1.5 for Franson, depending on the term. Both are a bit over their minimum qualifying offers (the lower number, obviously).

  2. MystifoLeafs says:

    I see Kulemin getting a slight raise on his current contract. Not much but a slight bumping him into the 3 mill range.

    Frattin gets a a cap hit in the 1.8 million to 2.3 million. He is still unproven so I can't see anything more then this. 
    Franson I would be happy with 1.5 to 1.9 million He has the potential to be in the top 4 and he does like the leafs. Ideally if we could ship out say Komisarek it could open up a spot for him.
  3. toronto77 says:

    Did anyone hear Troy Ward's comments after the marlies game last night, for those that don't know, he is the head coach of the Abbotsford Heat. He was so bitter about the loss to the marlies that he made a comment about how "if they paid a light bill then the arena would be bright enough for his goalie to make save".

    I've heard some stupid comments from coaches in the past, but that was bizarre. and this guy looks like weirdo as well.
  4. Steven_Leafs says:

    he makes a great point, Scrivins did have a massive advantage with those night vision goggles… oh wait.

    Some people with their dumbass comments. lol.

  5. Boston_Bruins says:

    I think Suter will be a Red Wing and Parise remains in Jersey. Suter in Detroit makes too much sense.

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