by Ron Spence
“Assistant general manager Jim Nill said the Wings would try to sit down with Lidstrom during training camp to begin talking about a new contract,” wrote the Free Press.
I’d like to know what they’ll talk about.
This year’s salary cap is $56.8 million, and if it falls 15% – as they claim it might do – the 2010-11 cap will be $48.28 million.
If you look at the nhl.numbers.com spreadsheet below: without Nichlas Lidstrom re-signed, Detroit will be paying $44,425 for just 13 players in 2010-11.
And with Lidstrom making $7 million, Detroit would be paying $51,425 – for 14 players.
Thus, the Red Wings would be over the cap by $3 million plus, and still need to sign 11 players – for at least the $500,000 minimum salary.
The Detroit Red Wings can’t afford to re-sign Nicklas Lidstrom.
They would have two $6 million, and two $7 million players on their roster. This would be $27.45 – or 57 % of their 2010-11 salary budget.
Ken Holland will have to trade Brian Rafalski or Johan Franzen to make room for the Norris winner.
Please note that the last spreadsheet column is Detroit’s payroll with Nichlas Lidstrom, and the 2nd to last is without him on their roster.