May 9, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT
For the most part, the reactions to the Detroit Red Wings losing to the San Jose Sharks have been subdued. Pretty hard to argue with two runs to the Stanley Cup Finals, one Cup victory and approximately a generation of playoff runs, right?
Yes, the Red Wings are getting older. The NHL is a young man’s league now and this team is stocked nicely but with mostly 30-year-olds and graybeards. Here’s a quick look at the Red Wings 2010-11 salary cap situation. Figures are taken from CapGeek.com and numbers are rounded up in some cases for the sake of simplicity and sanity.
Detroit Red Wings 2010-11 Salary Cap Commitments
Forwards (7 out of 12): Datsyuk ($6.7 million), Zetterberg (6.08), Franzen (3.95), Filppula (3), Hudler (2.88), Cleary (2.8), Draper (1.58)
Defense (5 out of 6): Rafalski (6), Stuart (3.75), Kronwall (3), Ericsson (900k), Kindl (883k)
Goalies (2 out of 2): Osgood (1.42), Howard (717k)
Total commitments: $43.67 million
Cap space if the cap stays the same as the 09-10 season: $13.14 million
Noteworthy free agents: Lidstrom, Holmstrom, Bertuzzi, Helm
The two biggest free agents are Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom, although Darren Helm can often be a catalyst for the team. Even Todd Bertuzzi – for all the times I’ve mocked him – could come back since he’s finally, you know, using his size to do something. Lidstrom and Holmstrom could cost the team anywhere from $8 million to $10 million against the cap, so the Red Wings look like they’ll be a fairly similar squad.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t any questions. Will Lidstrom and/or Holmstrom hang up their skates? Can Jimmy Howard deliver again after a surprise breakout season? Will their management decide that the current setup peaked and possibly do some minor rebuilding?
Either way, it doesn’t seem like the Red Wings are ready to panic and I don’t see anything wrong with that.
- Agent: Subban hasn’t told me to make him NHL’s highest-paid D 24
- Devils sign Greene to five-year, $25M extension 17
- Subban seeking $8.5 million in arbitration, versus the Habs at $5.25 million 46
- Marchand on Plekanec: ‘I hate him. I can’t stand him’ 56
- Gettin’ paid: Gardiner inks five-year, $20.25M extension with Leafs 15
- Report: Trottier to join Sabres’ coaching staff 21
- Blues sign former eighth overall pick Mueller 31
- Trotz plans to let Johansson, Kuznetsov, and Burakovsky compete for time at center 45
- Eric Staal has surgery to repair ‘core muscle injury’ 6
- After not seeing ‘eye-to-eye’ with Carlyle, Reimer will compete for No. 1 gig 16
- Cashing in: Rangers sign Brassard to five-year, $25 million deal (63)
- Marchand on Plekanec: ‘I hate him. I can’t stand him’ (56)
- Subban seeking $8.5 million in arbitration, versus the Habs at $5.25 million (46)
- Trotz plans to let Johansson, Kuznetsov, and Burakovsky compete for time at center (45)
- Richards: If not for the cap, half the league would want to play for Hawks (36)