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05-24-2011, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by bullocks View Post
Detroit will sign Brent Burns or Ryan Suter next year after Lidstrom retires, i'd bank on that.

As for this year, Detroit even with Ericsson re-singing for around $2.5 mill can afford two of Ehroff/Wiz/Markov if prices right. If Ericsson is gone, Detroit can easily afford two of the top D on the market.
If Lidstrom is back his salary will be at least 6 mil that puts them at 46.8 minus Rafalski Ericsson Salei Osgood Modano Draper Eaves and Miller with 15 players signed.

If they want to go after a big name d-man like Ehrhoff(assuming he does hit the market), that will cost at least a 6 mil cap hit, that brings you to 52.8, leaving 9-10 min(depending on how much the cap goes up). With 10 forwards signed, they'd need 2-4 mil to fill out the group. On defense they'd have 5 guys signed needing 2 more 1.5-4 mil. Plus they probably need a decent (1-3 mil) goalie to push Howard. Best case they have about 5-5.5 mil to spend on a frontline player but they'd have to go very cheap to fill out their roster, which they don't normally do. Unlike Phillie Detroit seems to pass up another big name player to add 2-3 depth veterans(like Modano Salei Bertuzzi Osgood Draper Holmstrom etc). If they re-sign Ericsson, chances are they can't get two big name d-men...and really wouldn't need two.

I think you'll definitely see them in the mix for one of the big name skill defenseman with Rafalski's cap hit. Probably one that still has prime years left(Pitkanen Ehrhoff Wisniewski).

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