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The Wings Could Have Interest In These Players

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Here are 10 players the Wings could pluck in the days ahead:

Alex Killorn, F, Tampa Bay: Killorn, 31, is an assistant captain, and scored a career-high 26 goals last season. With three more years at a manageable $4.45 million cap hit, Tampa could get decent value for Killorn, though the Wings may not be an ideal fit. A playoff contender might be interested, if it has some cap space. Killorn, with his leadership ability and playoff success, might be a good acquisition for a team closer to the Stanley Cup than the Wings.

Sami Vatanen, D, Carolina: Vatanen, 29, is still a top-four defenseman for many teams, but being injury-prone is a concern. Again, if you’re the Wings, or a contender, a short-term deal for low money could be an intriguing option.

more (paid) names include Andreas Athanasiou, Anthony Duclair and Mike Hoffman...

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Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/10/20 at 03:59 PM ET

Paul's avatar

The other names are Tyler Johnson, Yanni Gourde, Max Pacioretty, Mikael Granlund and Andy Greene.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/10/20 at 04:06 PM ET

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Kilorn is interesting….

Tampa will need to make some moves, but I think contenders like Colorado might be a better fit for him.

However, given the realignment of divisions, the Wings could best out enough of the other division members to qualify for playoffs with his added scoring depth.???

Speaking of playoffs…has anyone heard how the playoffs will work???....How many teams??...How would wildcard spots work???

Still a lot of unknowns…. long face

Posted by Down River Dan on 12/10/20 at 04:52 PM ET

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DRD, talk I have heard back to normal, 16 teams in. Top 4 in each division, will play rounds 1 & 2 to get a division winner.  The rest is yet unknown.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/10/20 at 05:15 PM ET

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Oh god, Andy Greene, no.  They may as well be trying to bring back Ericsson while they’re at it, then.

Gourde is only 28.  He’d be an intriguing option.  Granlund is also only 28.  The rest are all like 30 or above.  Even if you’re not goign to keep someone like that and flip them, the younger they are the more trade value they’d have in the spring.  But ideally they could nab someone that’d be good and stay around 3 or 4 years…

Posted by Primis on 12/11/20 at 08:50 AM ET


Guys who are low-risk, short-term and highly flippable.
Or, guys who have a big enough cap hit (but without
crazy term) who are bringing with them a high pick or picks
or pick and prospect.

We definitely should not be moving assets out to get a guy who
might help a little while the Wings aren’t at the point of beginning to contend.

What’s the point of a guy like Killorn (if he agreed to a trade to Detroit)?
Hope you can get more for him at the deadline this or next season than Tampa
can get given their lack of leverage? What if he gets injured or his trade limitations come with him and he doesn’t want to move again?

Posted by lefty.30 on 12/11/20 at 10:43 AM ET

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IMO I dont care who it is, No more net additions to this roster without substantive picks and/or prospects coming along with them.

Interesting that AA still sits out there, you’d think there are teams with a “real” coach that would be clamoring for the former RW all star LMFAO. On the serious side, the Aves should take a look at him, probably get him nice and cheap on a shut up and show me contract, would be a fantastic fit on both sides, put him in matchup situations with 3rd pairing dman and lines could be very productive. Another option would be Dallas.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 12/11/20 at 10:47 AM ET


IMO I dont care who it is, No more net additions to this roster without substantive picks and/or prospects coming along with them.

I pretty much agree with this assessment with one exception. It might still make sense to sign a UFA to a low-dollar one-year deal. The assets you are looking to get would hopefully come at the trade deadline. This could make even more sense with an expanded roster.

I don’t like the idea of another UFA taking playing time from a younger player but this is going to be a weird season anyway and if the Wings can use their extra cap space to gain more picks/prospects to compete for positions in coming years, all the better.

The one thing they CANNOT do is give up significant assets.

BTW, AA also seems like a good fit for Nashville who has to do something to improve their team or their window is going to slam shut.



Posted by evileye on 12/11/20 at 01:47 PM ET


Two years for 2 million each (even given how much gets taken out
of that first year) is probably looking pretty good in hindsight to AA and
his agent. I understand why a recent 30 goal scorer doesn’t want to be
forced into a pay cut. But that didn’t seem like the worst situation for
him in Edmonton - a team that needed more finishers with speed.
Maybe Tippett wasn’t exactly a fan(!)

AA can score in more ways than breakaways. He has
good shot. But agreed, at this point he needs a good fit
more than anything.

Posted by lefty.30 on 12/11/20 at 02:55 PM ET

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