Detroit Hockey Now’s Kevin Allen posted a subscriber-only notebook on Sunday evening, discussing the Red Wings’ assessment of their possibly-NHL-ready prospects as they apply to management’s desire to field a more competitive roster.
With oodles of cap space and 7 restricted free agents of note to re-sign, the Wings have enough room on the roster to make some changes, playing prospects included…
But the Wings’ re-signing of Marc Staal may indicate that a few more veterans will return before the start of unrestricted free agency on Wednesday:
The Red Wings, according to CapFriendly.com, have $37.5 million in salary room left with seven restricted free agents still to sign. They could also still buy out Nielsen to open up a roster spot. He’s not in Detroit’s plans.
They are still interested in some of their unrestricted free agents, including faceoff artist Luke Glendening or right-shot forward Sam Gagner. The free agent market has very few right-shot forwards.
The Red Wings have interest in soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Alex Martinez. The Red Wings could look at younger left-shot D men like Ryan Murray or Mike Reilly.
Allen continues (subscription), projecting the Wings’ roster without the services of Glendening, Gagner or Bobby Ryan, who are all possible re-signings…
And it’s a relief to know that the Wings may want to cut ties with Nielsen. The years of losing took their toll on ol’ Frans, and I felt that last season, he really looked exhausted.
I’m not sure how Alec Martinez decides to come to a rebuilding team, Michigan ties included, however.