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2017 Detroit Red Wings Offseason Primer/Tracker

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Well, the season is now officially over and (in case you missed it the first 1000 times someone said it) for the first time since 1991 the Detroit Red Wings did not make the playoffs. That does not mean the level of content here at WIIM will slow down. Along with our usual end of season grades and review of the bold predictions we will have profiles of potential draft picks and free agents, trade rumors, prospect updates and much more. Of course, this offseason will be a little different than normal as we will also have the expansion draft for the Vegas Knights shortly after the end of the NHL season.

This article will not only serve as the primer for the offseason but we will be updating the information and links to provide a one stop shop for all your Red Wings offseason coverage.

Important Dates

Stanley Cup Playoffs Begin – April 12, 2017

2017 NHL Draft Lottery – April 29, 2017

Stanley Cup Finals Begin – May 28, 2017

Potential Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 - June 14, 2017

Expansion Rosters Due - June 17, 2017

Vegas Knights Expansion Draft – June 17-21, 2017

Amateur Draft Combine – May 28 – June 3, 2017

Amateur Draft June 23-24, 2017

Early Buyout Window - ~Jun 15, 2017 – June 30, 2017

NHL Awards Ceremony – June 21, 2017, 8pm ET

Free Agency Opens – 12p ET July 1, 2017

Deadline for player-elected salary arbitration notification – 5p ET July 5, 2017

Deadline for team-elected salary arbitration notification - 5 p.m. ET July 6, 2017

Salary arbitration hearings – July 20 – Aug 4, 2017

Deadline for salary arbitration decisions to be rendered – Aug 6, 2017

Development Camp - ~July 6, 2017 – July 10, 2017

Prospect Tournament - ~September 16, 2017 – September 20, 2017

Training Camp Begin - ~ September 23, 2017

Red Wings Contracts

Under Contract


Henrik Zetterberg, Frans Nielsen, Gustav Nyquist, Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm, Riley Sheahan, Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Luke Glendening, Tomas Nosek, Johan Franzen (LTIR), Evgeny Svechnikov, Dylan Sadowy, Givani Smith, Axel Holmstrom, Doninic Turgeon, Tyler Bertuzzi, Eric Tangradi, Zach Nastasiuk


Mike Green, Danny DeKeyser, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Ryan Sproul, Nick Jensen, Filip Hronek, Vili Saarjarvi, Joe Hicketts, Dennis Cholowski


Jimmy Howard, Petr Mrazek, Jared Coreau

Expansion Draft

Protected List



Seven forwards: Henrik Zetterberg, Frans Nielsen (NMC), Justin Abdelkader, Gustav Nyquist, Anthony Mantha, Tomas Tatar, Andreas Athanasiou
Three defensemen: Mike Green, Danny DeKeyser, Nick Jensen
Goaltender: Jimmy Howard

WIIM Mock Expansion Draft

Expansion Mock Draft

Expansion Draft Results (Actual)

Amateur Draft

Current Picks

1st Round (9th) - Michael Rasmussen - C

2nd Round (38th) Gustav Lindstrom - D

3rd Round (XX) – Traded to San Jose May 26, 2016 for rights to Dylan Sadowy

3rd Round (71st) – Acquired March 1, 2017 from Florida for Tomas Vanek - Kasper Kotkansalo - D

3rd Round (79th) – Acquired May 20, 2015 from Toronto as compensation signing Mike Babcock - Lane Zablocki - C

3rd Round (83rd) – Acquired February 28, 2017 from New York Rangers for Brendan Smith - Zach Gallant - C

3rd Round (88th) – Acquired February 24, 2017 from Chicago for Tomas Jurco - Keith Petruzzeli - G

4th Round (100th) - Malte Setkov - D

5th Round (131st) - Cole Fraser - D

6th Round (164th) - Reilly Webb - D

6th Round (166th) – Acquired March 1, 2017 from Florida for Tomas Vanek - Jack Adams - RW

7th Round (193rd) - Brady Gilmour - C

Potential Draft Targets

Free Agency


Restricted Free Agents (2016-17 cap hit)

Tomas Tatar ($2,750,000)

Andreas Athanasiou ($628,333)

Martin Frk ($639,167)

Xavier Ouellet ($715,000)

Robbie Russo ($680,000)

Brian Lashoff ($650,000)

Jake Paterson ($628,333) NOT QUALIFIED - BECOMES UFA

Unrestricted Free Agents (2016-17 cap hit)

Drew Miller ($1,025,000)

Ben Street ($600,000)

Joe Vitale ($1,116,667, LTIR)

Mitch Callahan ($600,000)

Dylan McIlrath ($800,000)

Edward Pasquale ($575,000)


Ben Street (27Jun2017: 1-year one-way deal: $650K)