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.
“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.”
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.