Wings offer Marian Hossa about $4 million per year
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland would still like to work out a deal for Marian Hossa, but knows he’ll have a solid team going to training camp either way.
Unless Hossa signs a long-term contract with a cap number around $4 million, he’ll hit the open market Wednesday. Free agents can sign contracts with new teams starting at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.
“I’m willing to move a player or two if the cap number makes sense for us,” Holland said Monday night. “Other teams can offer a lot more money.
“We’ve made our decisions. I’m very comfortable with the core of our team. We’ve put our best foot forward with Marian. They know it. Marian and (agent) Ritch Winter have to look at all their options.”
If the Wings just sign restricted free agents Jiri Hudler and Ville Leino, they can still field a competitive team. Signing them gives the team 12 forwards. Eight defensemen are locked up, and Chris Osgood and Jimmy Howard are in net.
Holland said he wanted to see how Andreas Lilja, who missed the playoffs with a concussion, looks in training camp before making a decision on his defensive corps.
“I want to make sure Lilja’s healthy,” he said. “We’re going to trade one defenseman. We’re going to do nothing till we get to camp.”
Hossa stands to make much more if he becomes an unrestricted free agent Wednesday, although he would likely go to a team with less of a chance to capture the Stanley Cup.
Hossa signed a one-year, $7.45 million contract with the Wings last season.