Before doing anything more substantial in free agency, the Red Wings are going to have to do some subtracting.

As in players and salary, and that will take some work.

General manager Ken Holland's to-do list remains busy.

Restricted free-agent forwards Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson, and defenseman Brendan Smith, all need to be re-signed. All will be, as RFAs have little bargaining power. But until all three get signed, and for how much, that'll keep Holland from quickly adding to his roster.

The Red Wings would like to re-sign unrestricted free-agent forward Daniel Cleary, but they are hamstrung right now until their roster and salary-cap situation come into clearer focus.

After signing forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss on Friday, the first day of free agency, the Red Wings have 22 players under contract — soon to be 25 when the three RFAs are under contract.

NHL teams carry 23 players on their rosters.

Also, even without the three RFAs and Cleary signed, the Red Wings already have a $65 million payroll, about $700,000 over the $64.3 million salary cap.

That's acceptable for now; teams can be as much as 10 percent over the salary cap in the summer. But teams need to be compliant once the regular season arrives.

Cleary has drawn interest from other teams, including Anaheim, Pittsburgh and Dallas, but for now is focusing on the Red Wings, likely on a three-year contract somewhere between $2.5 to $3 million per season.

The Red Wings have essentially cut ties with forward Damien Brunner.

Hitting the free-agent market Friday, Brunner is expected to find a team this week that will sign him for a multi-year contract worth close to $4 million annually.