As the 2010 NHL Entry Draft has now come and gone, and with absolutely nothing resembling a major trade going down during the two-day event (the second of which resembled something a tad more lively than a narcolepsy convention), the countdown to free-agency (July 1) is now made all the more exciting.
Major names like Marty Turco, Evgeni Nabokov and Ilya Kovalchuk remain unsigned and there are a slew of veteran impending UFA's and young RFA's similarly situated.
As such, we are no doubt going to have plenty of eye-popping deals coming down the pike in the next few days.
The Detroit Red Wings have already taken care of their highest profile free-agency needs, re-signing impending UFA's Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom and Todd Bertuzzi weeks ago.
And while the increased salary cap ($59.4 million for 2010-11) will give Detroit roughly $6 million to fill out their roster, don't expect GM Ken Holland to dip in very deep to the UFA market to address the team's needs.
No, like they've done with their off-season signings to date, the Red Wings will set out to prove that, just like Dorothy said, "there's no place like home."
That Holland want to tender qualifying offers, if not extended contracts, to RFA's Patrick Eaves, Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader and Drew Miller is not news.
However, what those offers should and could be is yet to be determined.
Additionally, the Red Wings currently have just five defensemen on the payroll for next season.
They will need to lock up at least one more, if not two, before the season begins.
As a result, how much of that $6 million in cap space will be eaten up by the moves Detroit needs to make in free agency is up in the air.
Bleacher Report is here to bring it down to Earth!
What follows is not only a to-do list detailing which players Detroit needs to sign, but what numbers should go on the contracts/offers.
At one point, we'll take a breather to see where they'll be at money wise and then conclude with how much of it they need to put towards additional needs - even if that need is only cap space.
A few things to note before we get started.
*All RFA's must be tendered qualifying offers before July 1st or they will automatically become UFA's.
*As all of Detroit's UFA's made under $1million last year, an offer cannot qualify as a qualifying offer (yes, I said that) unless it is at least 110 percent of their previous salary.
That said, let's start spending Detroit's money.