I dont see any possible way the Red Wings can retain Hossa without loosing significant assets in the form of Hudler, Fillpula & Stuart and only have 20 names on the roster every night. I am one of these long time Wings Fans that is ready for significant change.
I would like to see Draper and Holmstrom traded, as well as Maltby waived (cause no one would pay for him) and I dont want them to re-sign Kopecky, Samuelson (as well as Hossa).
Will anything like this happen? Nope, probably not, seeing as Ken Holland likes to reward those whom stay with organization for a decade + by letting them play until they die.
The following is the lineup I believe Detroit will ice starting the 2009-10 season.
Total Cap: 56.769 mil
Remaining Space: .03 mil
That's it only 2 relatively small RFA signings.
This is cutting it very close with very little wiggle room and only 2 availble spares.
My opinion, I dont think it looks to good for the Wings this year, especially the fact that there may be 4 rather immature players in Helm, Abdelkader, Leino & Ericcson. Not to mention there back up to be Jimmy Howard has played 9 career NHL games with only 1 win and that was in 05'06. Saying that I expect Franzen, Filppula and Hudler to gain more confidence and play a bigger role next year, taking some of the weight off of Zetterberg and Datsyuk
Some will disagree that Hudler and Leino may be worth more, and I agree. But I think Holland can work his magic for a short term contract on Hudler and convince Leino he needs more size and better puck handling skills before he can get a decent contract.