MLive’s Ansar Khan attempts to discern the Red Wings’ salary cap situation this morning, and Khan believes that the Wings have enough money remaining to re-sign Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha without significant difficulty:
The Red Wings have 20 players signed to one-way contracts, totaling a cap hit of approximately $70.8 million (12 forwards, six defensemen, two goaltenders).
That includes Johan Franzen, who’ll be placed on long-term injured reserve before the season, giving the club cap relief (possibly close to $3.9 million).
Add to that about $2.6 million of dead cap space from the bought-out contracts of Stephen Weiss and Xavier Ouellet and some bonus payouts from last season.
That adds up to about $73.4 million (including Franzen). The cap ceiling is $79.5 million.
As Khan notes, things get complicated if the Wings are to play Filip Zadina and Michael Rasmussen on the roster, but the Wings could get some cap relief by demoting a player to Grand Rapids (see: Luke Witkowski or Martin Frk).