Very simple wish list that I would like to see the Wings go out and do this year.
First, Jimmy Howard has been less than stellar and frankly has had two average seasons. It is time to make a change in goal.
Trade Jimmy Howard and a young forward to the Winnipeg Jets for Evander Kane. Kane is alienated in Winnipeg and he is supposedly being dangled this offseason. The Jets have putrid netminding. With average goaltending this season they would have been in the mix for a playoff spot.
Sign local boy Ryan Miller. I am not one of those who feels that Miller is the second coming but he would be an upgrade over Howard.
Jonas Gustafsson was solid in net but is an UFA and Mrazak deserves to be the backup and groomed for the eventual starting job.
Daniel Alfredsson delivered as promised and the hope is that he will come back for one more year.
Sign Dan Boyle to run the power play. He is slipping but IMHO he has a few years left, time for the solid bunch of defensive prospects we have in the pipeline to continue to grow.
Thank Dan Cleary, Todd Bertuzzi, Mikael Samuelsson and Kyle Quincey for their service and show them the door. Youth must be served, al of these guys except possibly Quincey are done and in Quincey's case we have better options.
Let go of David Legwand. We gave up top prospect Jarnkrok for him, we needed more than a month of hockey and five playoff games to show for it, but there is no room for him on the team.
That is about it. I have read a lot of folks say that we need to buy out Franzen but at a 4 million a year cap hit his contract is not unreasonable, just too long. I cannot think of a scenario where buying him out makes sense.
This would mean the Wings would start the year with:
Nyquist Datsyuk Kane
Franzen Zetterberg Alfredsson
Tatar Sheahan Jurco
Abdelkader Helm Miller
Others Weiss, Andersson Glendening
In my opinion we would have strengthened our forwards, defense, goaltending, and power play. If Alfie rides off into the sunset then we should seriously make a run at keeping Legwand.