The Red Wings could find slim pickings in this summer’s free agent market, updates on Chris Osgood and Drew Miller, and a trade suggestion.
DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan reports not to expect the Red Wings to be big shoppers in this summer’s free agent market as there isn’t much to go shopping for, plus they have to watch their available cap space this summer. Should the salary cap increase as expected to $62 million, that’ll leave approximately $16 million to fill eight spots, which include spots for Nicklas Lidstrom, Jonathan Ericsson, Drew Miller and Patrick Eaves, whom GM Ken Holland hopes to retain. Kulfan also reported earlier in the week veteran Wings goalie Chris Osgood faces a difficult decision on whether or not he’ll retire or seek to return for another season.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James reported Miller is hoping to re-sign with the Red Wings, but it’ll come down to price in terms of his salary and the Wings available cap space.
SPORTING NEWS: Craig Custance suggested the Wings shop winger Jiri Hudler to clear his $2.875 million off their books for next season, giving Holland more space to add a free agent at a reasonable price.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect Lidstrom will return for another season, plus Miller and Eaves should also return, though I’m not as certain about Ericsson’s future with the club, though he should be an affordable re-signing if they wish to bring him back. I think Osgood will have no choice but to retire, while Hudler will likely become trade bait this summer.