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Goaltending Help Needed And With The 3rd Pick In The Draft

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The rebuilding Detroit Red Wings will head into a transition phase in goal next season. Jonathan Bernier will maintain the starting job he earned in December and bridge the gap between Jimmy Howard, the franchise’s workhorse for a decade, and the goaltender of the future, whoever that may be....

Who might help in free agency

The Red Wings will be in the market for a veteran free agent goalie to back-up Bernier, either on a one- or two-year deal. Several figure to be available.

Some will either re-sign with their current club, look for a starting opportunity or be out of the Red Wings’ price range (likely under $3 million per season). That group probably includes Braden Holtby (Washington), Robin Lehner (Vegas), Jacob Markstrom (Vancouver), Jaroslav Halak (Boston), Corey Crawford (Chicago) and Anton Khudobin (Dallas).

Goalies who might be a fit for the Red Wings include Cam Talbot (Calgary), Thomas Greiss (Islanders) and Aaron Dell (San Jose).

more options...

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings could have a chance to add a big, powerful forward with breakaway speed and elite skill to their rebuild.

The Wings ensured a last-place finish March 10, two days before the NHL put the 2019-20 season on pause because of COVID-19. The pandemic forced the league to postpone its June 26-27 draft in Montreal, and a new date has yet to be determined.

There is a possibility the format will change, but as it stands under current lottery rules, general manager Steve Yzerman will pick no worse than fourth overall.

Left wing Alexis Lafrenière is regarded as the top pick. In this mock draft, after simulating the draft order on tankathon.com, the Wings hold the third pick and select center Quinton Byfield. He and Tim Stutzle are projected as the top forwards to be drafted after Lafrenière.

Byfield’s appeal is manifold: He’s 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, a dynamic combination of speed, strength and skill. He  is an exceptional skater, especially considering his size. He has the agility to evade defenders and the brawn to force them to back off. He has an accurate shot and makes crafty plays with the puck.

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Halak resigned for a year in Boston.

Bargain deal for a backup with playoffs experience who gets to play a lot
to spell Rask and who is likely wanting to stick with a top contender late in his career.

Given how far away any prospects are, goal is one position where
I wouldn’t necessarily hate an impactful free agent signing,
if the target were young enough like Lehner.

We surely have the biggest holes in net in our system of any NHL team.
When you’re looking at an AHL and an EHCL journeymen in net
in the three and four spots - and you’re looking for a bargain NHL backup
it says a lot.

But if we do end up with a guy like Talbot or Dell or Greiss, while it should be a
mild improvement, assuming good health for Bernier, it’s a reminder we should expect to be pretty bad for another season or two. Need another high pick after the upcoming draft and maybe two. Wonder if there is a goalie on a bad contract for another couple seasons whom we might get a pick or prospect for taking. If we’re not looking to sign the best goalie available, we might as well help a team in need of cap space for a good enough return.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/15/20 at 05:01 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

Holtby or Dell and I’d be happy.

2 questions looming ....

1 - how many years away is Keith Petruzzelli ???
2 - what ever happened to Joren van Pottelberghe ???  The little ice time he managed to get his numbers were ridiculous.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 05/15/20 at 06:29 PM ET

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