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Needed- Defensemen

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Here are some potential unrestricted free agent defensemen who could interest the Wings:

Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis
2019-20 stats:
16 goals, 36 assists, 52 points

Cap hit: $6.5 million

Analysis: Pietrangelo, 30, is one of the premier defensemen in the NHL and is the Blues’ captain. Yes, St. Louis will have some cap issues, but it’s difficult to imagine these two sides parting.

Torey Krug, Boston
2019-20 stats:
Nine goals, 40 assists, 49 points

Cap hit: $5.25 million

Analysis: Krug was coached in junior hockey by Wings’ coach Jeff Blashill, and the Livonia native starred at Michigan State. So, there’s definitely some local connections. But Krug has become a key cog in the Bruins’ roster, a gr owing leader, and the Bruins do have some available cap space.

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I mean I’d take Krug as a mentor, as long as it’s not a crazy long deal, just don’t see it happening

Otherwise, the only other name that intrigues me is Barrie… if he could be had for a 2-4 year deal, but again, he’s good enough with enoour promise that someone, someone better than the wings will give hime 4-5 years at good money and we don’t want to overpay, as we don’t need him.  BUt he’d be a welcome addition I think for how he plays and how our D currently is.  He had a rough year in Toronto, has his issues defensively… but if they believe Cholo still isn’t ready…. then him paired with a Nemeth could be a nice pairing. 
Someone to move the damn puck

Posted by DieByTheWing on 05/19/20 at 01:17 PM ET


With Pietrangelo and Lafreniere we can possibly be close to a playoff team. Dreaming?

Posted by VPalmer on 05/19/20 at 03:34 PM ET


While that would be a vast improvement… I think it’s dreaming.  LaFerniere isn’t Matthews or McDavids… so he’s not going to have tha tkind of impact I don’t think.  And our D is such a dumpster fire, not usre even just one guy, as good as he is, will make enough of a difference, then we have the goalie thing…

Posted by DieByTheWing on 05/19/20 at 03:48 PM ET

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Under the assumption that the upcoming season is going to be shortened, I would not at all be opposed to bringing in Andy Greene for a year.  I know that’s Ken Holland special, but hear me out.

Hometown guy, Captain of a winning team for a long time, and not washed up, he’s got a year left in him.  From a “veteran” standpoint we could use a leader of Green’s stature on our blue line to mentor Hronek Cholo Linstrom, and whomever else we bring up from time to time like Sieder. 

The young D core is the group that needs to advance the ball for this organization, and in a shortened season, without a lot of practice time and such, it could benefit from having a player/coach type guy like Greene.

Otherwise we’re leaning on DDK Nemeth and Biega? No thanks, who knows if DDK will return the entire season, let’s hope.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 05/19/20 at 03:57 PM ET


Greene?  meh.  But otherwise, I agree with your logic 100%.  I worry that these are the guys we have to mentor… I mean honestly, Nemeth is not a top 4 regardless of what people say about him here, on this team, ya, probably.  Biega?  Wouldn’t even play on a good team.  It’s like our forwards, our mentors have gone from HOF"s, to Datsyuk/Z, to Nyquist/Tatar to now, Glenny/Abby/et a….. sure, they can teach work ethic, *maybe* defensive responsibility….. but… ya. 

So, even Greene in that regards might be a step up from the other 3 you mentioned.  I really would love Krug at 4 years. Thatw ould be perfect, but won’t happen.  Guy is a competitor, he won’t want to come here. 

Lets face it, Greene is likely in the realm of possibility, not many others are.  If they are, I’m a bit concerned, because we aren’t close.  If the draft is still before free agency, and we do get Laferniere, then maybe we get a bit more pull on guys, but not much.

Posted by DieByTheWing on 05/19/20 at 04:07 PM ET

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Posted by DieByTheWing on 05/19/20 at 04:07 PM ET

My thinking is only wanting to pick up someone for a year.

If Krug would take a 4 year deal, heck yes. Same with Pietrangelo but unrealistic on both, if they take short term deals because of hte current cap situations, they’ll go somewhere 1-2 years to win.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 05/19/20 at 04:23 PM ET

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These same recycled stories these “writers” keep putting out is nauseating. Bring back Kruppa!!!

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 05/19/20 at 06:33 PM ET

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All depends on age/salary/term, in my opinion.  Can’t see a UFA coming to the Wings. They usually don’t get many opportunities to get over paid. Maybe getting LaFreniere might help, or maybe it just helps me.

Stevie probably has a good idea, now.  Yes bring back Kruppa!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/19/20 at 10:25 PM ET

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I can see us going after Krug in the offseason. Sure, the Bruins might not be up against the cap, and they might be able to afford to sign him to a new deal, but the fact they haven’t yet tells me other teams might have a chance to steal him away.

The only other name on that list that piques my interest, and is likely to be available, is Tyson Barrie. But a deal with him would have to be short term (1-2 years) with a reduced salary… as in, certainly not the $5.5 mil TO is paying him.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 05/20/20 at 02:09 AM ET


Hometown guy, Captain of a winning team for a long time

I’ve got nothing against Greene, but “captain of a winning team”?

The Devils have made the playoffs twice in the last ten years and the last one one was basically on the back of a Hart Trophy season by Taylor Hall.

Sure, they made the Finals in 2012, but “captain of a winning team” is a pretty big leap.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 05/20/20 at 10:30 AM ET

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Why would Krug want to go to Detroit? 

Even if they can throw money at him, odds are another team out there can too.  It’s not like Detroit is poised for a deep playoff run (or even just A playoff run) anytime in the foreseeable future.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/20/20 at 11:50 AM ET


Well guys you got to believe that Stevie has a timeline and that line will go into a lot of decision making.  You got to clear money for the players that will stick to the team and play their careers for and end of the year Stanley Cup.  So you take guys like Larks and Mantha pay them to stay and I would say be legitimate Cup contenders at the worse 6 years.  Worse because, good drafting and signings may shorten that time line.  So I’d say don’t throw millions around for a guy who won’t be here in 6 years.  Wait and develop for two or three years and then hit the UFA market, to shore up that Stanley Cup run.  Same with Goalies.  Detroit has always been successful in development with poor draft selections, they should be that much better with better draft selections.  For now we should not experience any overripe players because hopefully Ken Holland is gone with his ridiculous UFA signings!

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 05/20/20 at 09:48 PM ET

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