The Detroit Red Wings have salary cap space to burn.
No, that's no typo.
In case you, the reader, have been living under a rock all hockey season, the Detroit Red Wings had about $5.7 million in cap space to spend at the start of this season.
But because contracts get paid off over the course of the season, teams can gradually begin to spend more than their actual cap space amount towards the latter parts of the season. CapGeek.com (as of today) says that Detroit can take on $16.7 million, and if they wait until the trade deadline before making a move, it would rise to $24.6 million.
Now clearly, the Red Wings are not going to go on a massive spending spree, as they are first in the Western Conference (given their star goaltender Jimmy Howard is out for another week or two with a broken finger) but this does not mean they can afford to stand pat as they have in years past.
They must make a move and make it quickly to stay on top of the Western Conference.
That move my friends, will not be trading for Zach Parise.
Here are six reasons why they will not trade for the New Jersey Devils' superstar.