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NHL.com Takes A Look At The Detroit Red Wings

NHL.com is providing in-depth roster, prospect and fantasy analysis for each of its 31 teams from Nov. 16-Dec. 16. Today, the Detroit Red Wings.

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The Detroit Red Wings will look a lot different this season.

They were active in the trade and free agent markets, adding goalie Thomas Greiss; defensemen Jon Merrill, Marc Staal and Troy Stecher; and forwards Bobby Ryan and Vladislav Namestnikov.

At the same time, they subtracted goalie Jimmy Howard; defensemen Trevor Daley and Jonathan Ericsson; and forwards Justin Abdelkader and Brendan Perlini.

They are taking a patient, methodical approach to their rebuild. General manager Steve Yzerman declines to give a timeline for a return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which the Red Wings have missed the past four seasons.

continued (includes more features too)

Below, watch Cotsonika and Dan Rosen answer questions facing the Wings.

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

That prompted a reader, Jayden W., to contribute to this mailbag edition by asking, “Which of Stevie Y’s signings do you like best?”

My answer is threefold.

The most important signing was Greiss. Jimmy Howard won two games last season: The opener at Nashville, and the Oct. 29 at home against Edmonton. He ended up starting the Thanksgiving Eve game against the Toronto Maple Leafs because Jonathan Bernier was sick, but Howard left with an injury after giving up three goals on 14 shots in less than 10 minutes, forcing Bernier to play. The Wings wound up losing, 6-0, dropping their record to 7-17-3….

The best signing was Namestnikov. The Wings landed a skilled forward in his prime (28 years) who is adept at center or wing, and is both a scorer and playmaker, for the low-risk price of two years, $4 million. Namestnikov can fit on any line, and help on special teams….

The most underrated signing was Ryan. For one year, $1 million, the Wings got a 33-year-old former 30-goal scorer motivated to reboot his career after a rough 2019-20 (Ryan missed three months dealing with substance abuse issues, and, after playing in just 24 games, was bought out by the Ottawa Senators)....

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/26/20 at 09:18 AM ET

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