Where Hossa signing leaves the Red Wings' roster
The Red Wings have 12 NHL forwards, including Valtteri Filppula. The Finn is a restricted free agent, but Holland is confident that the Wings will sign him this summer. Detroit, however, just became more vulnerable to an opposition offer sheet to Filppula because Hossa's deal pushes them closer to the salary cap.
The Red Wings will carry 13 forwards and Holland said that he wants a forward for the 13th spot who is on a two-way contract (two different rates of pay depending on whether he's playing in Detroit or Grand Rapids).
Holland said that he'd like the toughness that Darren McCarty (who has been offered a contract) or Aaron Downey bring to the team for that 13th forward spot. But will McCarty or Downey accept a two-way contract? If not, a free agent could be brought on board or Darren Helm could be the 13th forward.
Ty Conklin and Jimmy Howard will battle for the No. 2 goalie position. Derek Meech, Kyle Quincey and Jonathan Ericsson will battle for the eight defense spot.