Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland ideally would like to trim a couple of players and maybe sign another unrestricted free agent. But he concedes that's probably not going to happen. And that's fine with him. “We’re comfortable where we’re at right now,'' Holland said Monday, after signing defenseman Brendan Smith to a two-year, $2.52 million contract. “Before we do anything we’d have to move somebody. It's pretty quiet in the industry right now. Everybody probably is into a bit of a summer mode.'' The Red Wings will sign restricted free agent forwards Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson by September, at the latest, Holland said. That would give the club 25 players, two over the roster limit. If everyone is healthy by the start of the season, they would need to trade or waive a couple of players. With a payroll of $66.2 million, the club already is over the salary cap limit of $64.3 million. But there is some flexibility in being able to apply Daniel Alfredsson's potential $2 million in bonuses to the 2014-15 cap, which is expected to rise. This is why Holland has not signed Daniel Cleary, who is among about a half-dozen notable free agent forwards still available (the list includes Damien Brunner, Mikhail Grabovski, Jaromir Jagr, Brenden Morrow and Mason Raymond). “We’d like to do a move or two, but I’m not sure we can,'' Holland said. “If we can’t make a move I’m OK with our team and we'll go to camp. If we can make a move and free up some money then certainly re-signing Dan Cleary is a possibility. But, unless we move somebody, we aren’t signing anybody.''
Red Wings would like to make another move or two, but that's not likely to happen before training camp
Michigan Live | Jul 16