P. Datsyuk- Playmaker & scorer, 35 years old, $7.175MM, 4 years left on deal. The magic man is the centerpiece of the franchise and should be one of the top 3 goal scorers. When healthy you can rely on him for about a point per game but he’s struggled to play even 50 games a season recently. He’ll have a roster spot as long as he wants one though.
D. Helm- Two way forward, 27 years old, $4.275MM, 2 years left on contract. A reliable center that will pester his check into making mistakes and turnovers but will never net more than 15 goals a season at best. Probably has reached his ceiling & $4+MM may be expensive for what he provides
D. Legwand- Two way forward, 33 years old, $1.975 MM, UFA at end of season. Another defensive center though Legwand is a bargain at under $2MM. Not a scorer and a liability at the faceoff dot, look to play on the wing.
S. Weiss- Playmaker, 31 years old, $4.66MM, 5 years left on contract. A solid skater and good penalty killer who will provide needed depth. Expensive for what he provides and CANNOT be paying him $4.66MM when he’s 35 years old. Look to renegotiate or trade
H. Zetterberg- Playmaker, 33 years old, $5.8MM, 4 years left on contract. Hampered by injuries recently, we’ll need 75 games out of him for this to be a special season. Still has some gas in the tank and we can expected to retire as team captain like Lidstrom & Yzerman before.
J. Abdelkader- Power forward, 27 years old, $1.665 MM, 3 years left on contract. listed as power forward but with a lot of speed. Works the corners to win the puck and can snipe at times as well. At 27 he should be around for a long time.
D. Cleary- Two way forward, 35 years old, $.55MM, UFA at end of season. A solid depth winger who is most proficient in the defensive end. Cant beat his price tag, will have to reevaluate if he should be pursued at end of season.
D. Miller- Two way forward, 30 years old, $.925MM, 3 years left on contract. He’s purely a depth winger that will start the season in the AHL or remain a healthy scratch. A solid option if injuries necessitate he get ice time.
G. Nyquist- Playmaker, 24 years old, $.84MM, 2 years left on deal. Future superstar… Only 24 years old and ready to play entire NHL season. Still some room to learn & grow his game but we can expect him to score 30+ for the next several seasons. He’s going to get paid after the 2015 season.
J. Franzen- two way forward, 34 years old, $3.74MM, 4 years left on contract. Mule. Top notch defensive forward and fore checker who can win the front of the net in the offensive zone. A bargain for what he provides on and off the ice. Not totally convinced he’ll play out the remainder of his contract.
D. Alfredsson- Playmaker, 41 years old, $3.5MM, UFA at end of season. Will surly retire at end of season, slow, injury liability, doesn’t provide offense, LOOK TO OFFLOAD.
T. Bertuzzi- Power forward, 39 years old, $1.98MM, UFA at end of season. Likely to retire at end of season but we need his depth & the grit he can provide in the meantime.
T. Tatar- Two way forward, 23 years old, $1.615MM, RFA at end of season. Could be a future superstar. Still needs to learn the defensive side of his game but seems to have a high ceiling. Will look to sign long term deal in offseason.
M. Samuelsson- depth.
J. Kindl- two way defensemen, 27 years old, $2.245MM, 4 years left on contract.
J. Ericsson- defensive defensemen, 30 years old, $4.03MM, 7 years left on contract.
D. DeKeyser- offensive defensemen, 24 years old, $.815MM, RFA at end of season.
N. Kronwall- two way defensemen, 33 years old, $4.515MM, 6 years left on contract.
K. Quincey- two way defenseman, 28 years old, $3.575MM, UFA at end of season.
B. Smith- two way defenseman, 25 years old, $1.145MM, 2 years left on contract.
J. Howard- 29 years old, $5.290MM, 4 years left on contract.
J. Gustavsson- 29 years old, $1.375MM, UFA at end of season.
C. Emmerton- Center, playmaker, 25 years old, $.53MM, RFA at end of season.
R. Sheahan- Center, two way forward, 22 years old, $.9MM, RFA at end of season.
J. Andersson- Center, two way forward, 25 years old, $.735MM, 2 years left on contract.
Ferraro- Center, two way forward, 22 years old, $.685MM, RFA at end of season.
T. Jurco- right winger, sniper, 21 years old, $.925MM, 2 years left on contract.
T. Pulkkinen- right winger, sniper, 22 years old, $.9MM, 2 years left on contract.
X. Oulett- two way defensman, 20 years old, $.89MM, 3 years eft on contract.
P. Mrazek- goalie, 22 years old, $.79MM, 2 years left on deal.
Mantha- right winger, power forward, 19 years old, $.925MM, 3 years left on deal.