Detroit Red Wings: Salary cap rising means even more room for 2020-21

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With rumors going around that the salary cap is on the rise for next year, the Detroit Red Wings will have even more room for additions this offseason.

Looking ahead, the Detroit Red Wings are going to have an interesting offseason this year with the latest rumors. If the National Hockey League (NHL) salary cap does indeed rise by AT LEAST three million for the upcoming season, the Red Wings may be in a rough spot.

Now, they will have plenty of room and plenty of money to spend, but getting above that cap floor may be tough, especially if it rises with the cap ceiling rising as well. As of right now, the cap ceiling is $81.5 million, with a cap floor of $60.2 million.

The Detroit Red Wings currently are only on the books for around $45.38 million next year, which is already $15 million below the cap floor right now. Now, this construction contains seven forwards, four defensemen, one goalie, as well as the money owed to Stephen Weiss and Henrik Zetterberg.

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Keep in mind; this projection does not include any of the restricted free agents from this offseason. Going into the offseason, the Red Wings have Tyler Bertuzzi, Madison Bowey Christoffer Ehn, Adam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Anthony Mantha, Brendan Perlini, and Dmytro Timashov all as restricted free agents.

With all of these players being restricted, it will make it easier for the team to approach the cap floor, but that still will leave plenty of room.

Playing the hypothetical game, if the team re-signs all over the restricted free agent, that leaves the roster to be constructed of fourteen forwards, five defensemen, and one goaltender.

That being said, with a cap rise, the team should use this extra room to sign someone fun. The prime example that sticks out is Torey Krug, who would ideally like to stay in Boston as suggested by Detroit Jock City Contributor Dale Rosenberger.

But the Bruins organization most likely cannot afford to keep him around even with a price decrease. General Manager (GM) Steve Yzerman needs to be pitching his home state to him, with hopes to spend some money on him.

Besides Krug as a big name defender, Tyson Barrie from the Toronto Maple Leafs could be a solution. Barrie has seemingly no room to stick with the Maple Leafs continuing to be strapped for cap room; the Red Wings should make a pitch to spend some money on him this summer.

The goaltending class is pretty strong, leaving room for the Red Wings to find a short term fix to the problem. Recently suggested would be Robin Lehner, but there are also goalies like Thomas Greiss, Jaroslav Halak, or Anton Khudobin who could fill the void for the Red Wings goaltender tandem.

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Hopefully, the Detroit Red Wings will sign one impact defenseman and a goaltender at the minimum with the Salary Cap on the rise, meaning the cap floor will also be on the move.