Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 6/5/13

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 9: Johan Franzen #93 of the Detroit Red Wings looks on the ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Six of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the Mellon Arena on June 9, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by: Harry How/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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