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Despite Roster Crunch, Martin Frk Deserves a Shot

August 8th, 2017 at 3:58 PM
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As the summer winds down and training camp starts up in just over a month, the Detroit Red Wings are entering with a clogged roster on both sides of the puck.

Sound familiar? The song has stuck for a few offseasons now.

Current Salary Cap Troubles

For starters, the team is nearly $4 million over the cap after Tomas Tatar agreed to a four-year extension worth $5.3 million per season. The goaltending situation has not been solved and continues to thicken plot wise. Andreas Athanasiou, the most electrifying player up front, has not yet been signed, and likely will not settle for the $900,000 that the team will be left with after Johan Franzen goes on long-term injured reserve. An in-depth look at the cap troubles by Red Wings writer Tony Wolak can be found here.

(Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

As many as 11 forward positions are filled already with overvalued assets like Darren Helm, Luke Glendening (if he’s ready for the regular season), and Justin Abdelkader taking up vital spots from young forwards that have come and gone over the years.

Past Roster Crunch Casualties

Teemu Pulkkinen was lost to waivers last season, and while it doesn’t seem like a huge loss, it seemed like he was getting into a groove before his injury in 2015-16 with six goals in his first 20 games. He played 12 contests the rest of the way with frequent healthy scratches. Tomas Jurco, though given an ample amount of games to prove himself with limited results, was never a consistent top-nine player in terms of minutes and would be scratched consistently getting in only a few games at a time.

Teemu Pulkkinen

Mar 15, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Teemu Pulkkinen (56) celebrates his second goal of the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Detroit won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Mattias Janmark was seen as expendable, as well, in 2015 and was shipped to Dallas where he scored 15 goals in his rookie season. …

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Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Martin Frk, Teemu Pulkkinen, Thomas Vanek, Top Story

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