The Detroit Red Wings have put themselves well over the salary cap with a pair of big deals this week, but general manager Ken Holland isn't worried.
In a recent interview with Brendan Savage of The Detroit News, Holland revealed that with the players he expects to be on long-term injured reserve this season, Johan Franzen and Joe Vitale the gap is much easier to overcome.
"Certainly we have no expectations that Franzen and Vitale are playing hockey this year," Holland told MLive Wednesday. "I talked to Vitale after we traded (for) him. He's having on-going issues with concussion. He certainly not expecting to be in camp. I'm not expecting to see Johan Franzen on the ice.
"I think realistically, when it's all said and done, we're probably a little over the cap. What's a little? Probably a million dollars or just a little bit less over the cap if you don't count Vitale and Franzen."
Even with both players on LTIR the Red Wings still wouldn't clear the cap, which means the Red Wings general manager needs to get creative to clear the remaining space. To make matters worse the Red Wings still have Ryan Sproul waiting for a new deal.