The Red Wings could have around $25 million in cap space to work with over the coming summer but will have some serious needs to fill. They have 14 players on their current NHL roster under contract for next season, but that doesn't include names like Lidstrom, Stuart, Commodore, Bertuzzi and Holmstrom.
After they handle the restricted free agency of Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader, and (probably) promote Brendan Smith onto their blue line, there will be some areas they'll want to address.
The most likely target for Detroit is one of the defensemen in Nashville, whichever player the Preds decide to make available. If it's Ryan Suter, he could stand to pick up a significant part of the cap space left when Lidstrom retires.
It isn't like the Red Wings to swing for the fences in free agency with more than one player, but with the cap space they'll have, it's possible they go after a big-time free agent forward as well.
Their immediate need, however, will be a top end player for their blue line.