Detroit Red Wings right wing Todd Bertuzzi (44) will one of several Red Wings wearing a different uniforms next season. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NHL Free Agency: Detroit Red Wings Projected To Have 10-12 Million In Cap Space

The Detroit Red Wings are in the midst of preparing  for an important off-season. The aging veterans that have defined the team over the last few seasons will likely be leaving during free agency making room for the Red Wings younger prospects.

But with younger players like Tomas Jurco, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan. Gustav Nyquist and Danny Dekeyser the Red Wings will still be looking to add veteran leadership. Especially on the blue line.

“We’re trying to move kids in, and also have the right amount of vets.” Ken Holland told Detroit Red Wings beat writer Helene St. James.”I’m moving along slow to keep our options open, We’ll see what’s out there via trade. But we feel good about our team, and our fallback position is our kids.”

We’re trying to move kids in, and also have the right amount of vets”-Ken Holland

With the certain departure of veterans Todd Bertuzzi, David Legwand and Mikael Samuelsson the Red Wings figure to have about $10-12 million in cap space for the 2014 season. That number could increase if Daniel Alfredsson decides to play elsewhere or retire. The remaining cap space will likely be spent acquiring a top four defenseman and a top six forward.

The departure of the aging veterans means the Wings will be younger and faster next season.  That should be music to Red Wings fans ears after the team ran out of steam in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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