The Detroit Red Wings have had a busy offseason. One of the greatest defensemen ever, Nicklas Lidstrom, announced his retirement from the NHL. Fellow blueliner Brad Stuart left in free agency to join the San Jose Sharks and Jiri Hudler signed on with the Calgary Flames.
Red Wings GM Ken Holland was able to add Jordin Tootoo, Mikael Samuelsson, Damien Brunner and Jonas Gustavsson to the Red Wings' roster. However, the biggest free agents of 2012, Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, both signed long-term deals with the Minnesota Wild.
With just over $53 million committed to their roster in 2012-13, the Red Wings still have $16 million in cap space. Obviously the priority is to add a defenseman, but star blueliners like Keith Yandle and Shea Weber may not be available for some time.
With that in mind, the Red Wings still have enough cap space to add an elite forward through free agency or trade.