Would Lidstrom count? If he were to leave as a free agent he would have got the max contract anywhere he would want to go.
I know Lidstrom has taken two pay cuts since 2001 to allow the Wings to sign more players. 2002 comes to mind when Nick, Yzerman, Fedorov and Shanny all took cuts to sign Robitaille, Hasek and Hull.
But Lidstrom has also signed contracts before free agency and signed for reasonable cap hits. Holland and the Wings have said that they wanted to pay him what he was worth, and until three years ago he was the highest paid defenseman I believe. (At least top three)
the entire detroit red wings team , should be way over the cap every year but never is , players are okay with less money tbh
I have a feeling that's gonna change soon. They will need to sign some players that they need and won't be able to afford to pass on a player because the price is too high. THey will pay up in the next two years.