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Videos- Nedeljkovic Saves And Larkin Questions

Four minutes to watch the saves from Alex Nedeljkovic in 2021.

Below, a few questions for Dylan Larkin.




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Paul's avatar

Dom Luszczyszyn and Sean Gentille of The Athletic (paid) gave an A for the trade yesterday and were not very kind to the Canes.

...it’s hard to see this making sense for a goalie who ranked third in goals saved above expected this year behind only Marc-Andre Fleury and Connor Hellebuyck with 13. By GSVA, Nedeljkovic’s rating is exorbitantly high at 2.5 wins per 50 starts – and that’s after a heavy dose of regression – which makes giving him up for a third and the rights to Jonathan Bernier very strange. I understand the trepidation given the uncertainty as there is still a real chance what we saw from Nedeljkovic was a fluke (or driven by the team in front of him in a way public models don’t see), but the asking price didn’t seem that high. Nedeljkovic has signed with the Red Wings for just $3 million per on a two-year deal which has high potential to be a bargain.

For Detroit, the Red Wings have the cap space to take the risk on a guy who showed last year he has a very high ceiling. They have the cap space to take a chance on him continuing at that level and paid extremely little to make it happen. He’s a clear upgrade over Bernier if he can keep up his play and that makes Detroit a better team than it was yesterday, ready to start climbing out of the basement. With his age and what he’s shown, Nedeljkovic is a potentially strong starting goaltender, and that’s a slam dunk for the Red Wings.

more ($$$)

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/23/21 at 11:23 AM ET

The Meal's avatar

#39 eh?  Works for me.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 07/23/21 at 07:33 PM ET

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