Well, I hate to point it out...but the Wings now have over 26 million in cap space to spend this offseason.
That means they can/will spend half the entire Blues payroll in free agency this summer.
Spending money doesn't equate to joyous success. Just ask the Rangers for the better part of the last 25 years...or the Blues in the 90's & early 00's. We'll have to wait and see with the Wings. I've heard rumblings that the Wings will be cutting back on payroll next year, if true, they won't be spending a good chunk of that 26 million on anyone anyway.
Besides, you don't simply replace a Niklas Lidstrom with someone else and expect to maintain that same level of play or even get better. It just isn't going to happen with who is available this year.
Weber is available and any team would love to have him...but he's not in Lidstrom's class. Who else is available on defense that can fill Lidstrom's shoes?
Mike Green? ...but he's an RFA.
Roszival? is a UFA.
The Wings also have Rafalski and Stuart as UFA's to deal with...if either or both of them leave as well, then that's a pretty serious situation on defense for Detroit, and something they won't be able to fix this offseason unless they start trading guys.
Maybe they'll throw $4 million per at Jackman.
(edit...forgot Rafalski retired. So that's one more Wing that won't be back.)