Red Wings Capology: What If Nicklas Lidstrom Returns?

May 29th, 2010 by Jim Balint Leave a reply »

Though the playoff run is over, the Wings’ personnel struggles are about to begin.

If they hope to make another run at the Stanley Cup next season, GM Ken Holland’s next foe will be much more formidable than the San Jose Sharks.

The NHL Salary Cap has depleted many teams, and turned championship-caliber squads into cellar-dwellers.

Losing to a team in the playoffs will, at most, cost you your season. Not playing the Salary Cap correctly could set your franchise back decades.

If Holland thought last off-season was tough, he’s in for a doozy this year.

He currently has 12 players (eight forwards, four defensemen) under contract to the tune of about $44 million.

To clear up the roster mess, let’s take a look at who remain unsigned, and their realistic future with the Wings.

Tomas Holmstrom, Todd Bertuzzi, Jason Williams, Kirk Maltby, Brad May, Nicklas Lidstrom, Andreas Lilja, Brett Lebda and Dou ...

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