Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/17/14

DETROIT - JUNE 12: Johan Franzen #93 of the Detroit Red Wings warms up before playing against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Seven of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on June 12, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Next season, Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen will be in season No. 5 of an 11-year, 43.5 million deal. He will be paid 5 million a season through 2015-16. His 2016-17 salary will be 3.5 million. He will then make 2 million the following season and 1 million in each of the final two seasons of the deal, which ends in 2020. The Red Wings have already handed over 21 million to Franzen on his current contract; however, regardless of his annual salary, the cap hit for each season is 3,954,545. A cap hit of under 4 million is extremely palatable for a big (6-foot-3, 223 pounds), goal-scoring winger, but his annual salary of 5 million through 2015-16 isn't. That's why Franzen, 33, will remain in Detroit for at least the next three seasons. Once his salary begins to drop even though his cap hit remains the same the Wings believe theyll be able to trade Franzen to a team that needs to reach the cap minimum, although his yearly salary will be less than his cap hit. Did you g...
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