Originally written on The Detroit Sports Site  |  Last updated 8/6/13
Joakim Andersson signed a two-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings, worth a reported $1.465 million. Previously a restricted free agent, Andersson becomes the 15th forward under contract on the Red Wings’ roster, with Gustav Nyquist still awaiting his new deal. The cap hit on Andersson’s contract works out to a very manageable $732,500 per season. With that, the Wings inched ever closer to the 2013-14 NHL cap of $64.3 million. (Detroit’s payroll for next season is actually close to $67 million, but the bonuses included in Daniel Alfredsson’s contract do not yet count against the cap.) Here’s a look at where things stand with Andersson back in the fold, via CapGeek: FORWARDS Henrik Zetterberg ($6.083m) / Pavel Datsyuk ($6.700m) / Daniel Alfredsson ($5.500m) Justin Abdelkader ($1.800m) / Stephen Weiss ($4.900m) / Johan Franzen ($3.955m) Drew Miller ($1.350m) / Darren Helm ($2.125m) / Todd Bertuzzi ($2.075m) Mikael Samuelsson ($3.000m) / Tomas Tatar ($0.840m) / Patrick Eaves ($1.200m) Cory Emmerton ($0.533m) / Joakim Andersson ($0.733m) / Jordin Tootoo ($1.900m) DEFENSEMEN Niklas Kronwall ($4.750m) / Kyle Quincey ($3.775m) Jonathan Ericsson ($3.250m) / Jakub Kindl ($2.400m) Danny DeKeyser ($1.350m) / Brendan Smith ($1.263m) Brian Lashoff ($0.725m) GOALTENDERS Jimmy Howard ($5.292m) Jonas Gustavsson ($1.500m) —— CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter) (these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion) SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $66,997,879; BONUSES: $3,010,000 CAP SPACE (24-man roster): $312,121 A rumored Jordin Tootoo-to-Nashville trade picked up some steam a few days back, and it looks increasingly likely that Tootoo will be one of the odd men out on the roster. But it’s also harder and harder to see how the Wings will have room for all of Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller, Mikael Samuelsson, Todd Bertuzzi and Cory Emmerton, given the franchise’s desire to save playing time for the likes of Nyquist, Andersson and Tomas Tatar. Odds remain that Tootoo will not be the only Wings forward on the move in the coming weeks, especially if GM Ken Holland wants to re-sign Daniel Cleary.
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