Kulfan duly notes that the Wings will have approximately $12 million in salary cap space with which to work come July 1st, and, among Kulfan’s picks are:
Anders Lee, 28, left wing, N.Y. Islanders, 6-3, 230 pounds
► 2018-19 stats: 28 goals, 23 assists, 51 points in 82 games.
► Outlook: This is the longest of longshots. Lee could very well re-sign with the Islanders, where he’s the captain. But coach Jeff Blashill was impressed with Lee at the world championships, and he would be a great on- and off-ice presence for the Wings as currently constructed. Lee probably will be looking for a team closer to contender status, though.
Tyler Myers, 29, defenseman, Winnipeg, 6-8, 229 pounds
► 2018-19 stats: 9 goals, 22 assists, 31 points in 80 games.
► Outlook: Myers would be the top-pair defenseman the Wings are looking for, but it’s difficult to see this match happen. Myers is being recruited by several contenders for a long-term deal with a lot of money. As much as Myers could help the Wings, he isn’t likely to age well – not the swiftest player around – and this could be a contract that gives a team buyer’s remorse eventually.
Anton Stralman, 32, defenseman, Tampa Bay, 5-11, 190 pounds
► 2018-19 stats: 2 goals, 15 assists, 17 points in 47 games.
► Outlook: Yzerman signed Stralman in Tampa five seasons ago, and Stralman has been a steadying force in the Lightning lineup. He could stay in Tampa for less money. If he doesn’t, Stralman would provide the same steadying influence to a Wings’ defense that was in total flux last season.