We continue our series in conjunction with our good friends at The Production Line as we look at each of the Red Wings' impending free agents and give you, the readers, a chance to weigh in on whether you think they should be given the honour of playing next season in a Red Wing uniform. After reviewing Jonathan Ericsson's "contributions" to the team on Monday, the TPL boys tackle the Wings other big whipping boy, Chris Osgood.
While we realize things have changed (in other words, don't blast me in the comments), here's Petrella with a look at the Wings' situation heading into this offseason:
We’ll compile all of the data over 48 hours and report back about where the community sits on each of the potential departures.
But first, a little background information about the Red Wings’ salary cap situation heading into 2011-12. With 11 forwards (including Jan Mursak, but excluding Cory Emmerton), the Wings have committed just under $31.5M on the front end. With Jimmy Howard and four defenders, there’s just under $16M committed to the rear. That’s a total of $47.5M of the projected $62M salary cap.
The Red Wings will have about $14M to play with — and that’s to fill the holes on the forward units, sign (or promote) another three defenseman, and find a backup goaltender. If Nicklas Lidstrom returns, he’ll command the lion’s share of that pool, so big name free agents like Brad Richards are absolutely out. However, the Wings have proven time and time again that they can work magic without much cap space, and we should all have faith that GM Ken Holland and braintrust will deliver another stellar roster by the time camp rolls around.