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Red Wings wait for answer from Marian Hossa; other forwards could be leaving Detroit,
"DETROIT -- When the dust settles from this year's free-agent frenzy, the Detroit Red Wings could part ways with as many as four forwards who played for them during the postseason -- Marian Hossa, Mikael Samuelsson, Jiri Hudler and Tomas Kopecky.
At least two or three won't be back, perhaps all of them.
So when NHL free agency begins Wednesday, the Red Wings could be in the market for a forward or two.
But they don't have much money to spend. They have 19 players signed -- including nine forwards -- for roughly $53.5 million. The salary cap for 2009-10 is $56.8 million.
That leaves about $3 million to spend on three forwards. Hossa alone would cost them between $4 million and $4.5 million a year -- if he accepts their take-it-or-leave offer of a long-term deal.
General manager Ken Holland said Monday that he is not in a position to negotiate with Hossa. He is waiting for a response from Hossa's agent, Ritch Winter. The deadline is noon Wednesday, when free agents can begin talking with other teams.
"I've touched base with Ritch Winter every day, nothing really changes," Holland said. "I'm OK either way. I'd love to have him back, but at the same time, if they believe there's a better financial opportunity out there it was a tremendous one-year relationship.
"We tried to be creative with contracts. I've expressed to Ritch and Marian, 'Here's what we've got.' We walked through the numbers. I know he likes it here. I believe it's a tough decision for him."
Winter did not respond to a phone message.
Hossa's decision affects other players. Holland has met with Samuelsson's agent a couple of times but can't do anything until he knows for sure that Hossa won't return.
The Red Wings can't afford to give Samuelsson much more than the $1.2 million he earned last season, making his return unlikely, even if Hossa isn't re-signed.
Hudler is a restricted free agent who will get a significant raise from his $1.15 million salary after posting career-high totals in goals (23) and points (57). But if the Red Wings lock him up for $2.5 million a season, they won't have much left to sign one or two more forwards.
The Red Wings can at least get some compensation for Hudler (a draft pick) if he signs an offer sheet with another team that is too rich for them.
The Red Wings could use a couple of wingers with offensive ability to help compensate for the 82 goals they might lose with Hossa, Hudler and Samuelsson. One of those players will be restricted free agent Ville Leino, who would cost about $1 million to re-sign.
They also could use a physical, fourth-line presence in the mold of Dallas Drake. Kopecky, who never established himself as that type of player, will look for a better offer on the market and is not expected to return.
Some available free-agent forwards include rugged wingers Chris Neil of Ottawa and Ian Laperriere of Colorado and checking centers Samuel Pahlsson of Chicago and John Madden of New Jersey.
Former Red Wings forward Mike Knuble of Philadelphia would provide offense (six consecutive 20-goal seasons) and size (6-foot-3, 230). Lower-priced alternatives include Chad LaRose of Carolina, Mark Parrish of Dallas, and another former Red Wing, Matt Ellis of Buffalo.
The nine forwards signed for next season are Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula, Dan Cleary, Tomas Holmstrom, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby and Darren Helm. Leino would be their 10th.
Justin Abdelkader could fill a spot as well, but the club has indicated he likely will start the season in Grand Rapids (AHL), where he would be better served playing more minutes.
The Red Wings are set on defense, where they have eight players under contract: Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski, Niklas Kronwall, Brad Stuart, Jonathan Ericsson, Brett Lebda, Andreas Lilja and Derek Meech, who can fill in at forward.
Holland said they will carry only seven defensemen and will trade somebody after training camp, when he has a better idea on Lilja's status. Lilja has been idled since Feb. 28 with headaches and concussion-like symptoms. If Lilja is fine, Meech likely would be dealt."