Long-term good standing

Zach passes along a good SI breakdown of the Zetterberg deal and our long-term cap implications:

Holland’s already written the casebook on cap management, locking down Pavel Datsyuk through 2013-14, Valterri Filppula and Dan Cleary through ’12-13, three of his top four defenders — Brian Rafalski, Brad Stuart and Niklas Kronwall — through ’11-12. Each bought into the Leave-A-Little, Win-A-Lot concept when inking recent deals.

Still, the Wings have a hair more than $48 million committed to 16 players next season. We don’t know how much space that leaves Holland — the ’09-10 cap won’t be established until late June — but a good guess is about $6 million. That doesn’t sound like enough to address six UFAs — Hossa, Franzen, Mikael Samuelsson, Tomas Kopecky, Chris Chelios, Ty Conklin — and one RFA, Jiri Hudler.

So Conklin, Chelios, Kopecky and Samuelsson likely will be gone. They’ve been good soldiers, but they’re expendable. Hudler, the 26-year-old winger enjoying a career season, will be retained. Franzen likely will want something in the $3.5-$4 million range. That can be squeezed in.

And Hossa? Despite the prospect of heftier paychecks, the joy of winning might convince him to come in under the Zetterberg Cap, With a bit of roster gerrymandering (so long, Filppula), Holland might be able to make it work.

Hossa’s going to accept in the 2-2.5 million range? If anyone can do it, it’s Ken Holland, but the odds don’t seem too great. Let’s hope we win a cup this year in dazzling fashion, renewing interest in hockey worldwide and inflating the cap.

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One Response to “Long-term good standing”

  1. zachary Says:

    not that low, but if we shipped fillpula, who i like but hasnt been great this year, he might be able to sign him for like 5-6. along with franzen. depends on what the cap for next year is too.

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