Beat writer Ted Kulfan on the likely scenarios for the current players.
Age: 24 Contract: $787,500, through 2011-12. Regular season: Especially during the second half, showed the characteristics the Red Wings envisioned when they drafted him out of Michigan State in 2005. He's a big, shut-down center that can chip in offensively. Playoffs: Some costly penalties against the Sharks detracted from an otherwise fair showing. Future: A building block.