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What To Expect From The Detroit Red Wings

Scott Burnside of The Athletic on what to expect from all 31 teams in the short offseason.

On the Wings..

So many holes in this lineup that somehow managed to compile a minus-122 goal differential in just 71 games. But you’ve got to start somewhere, right? Let’s start with the premise that this team is three or four years away from legitimately returning to playoff contention. So, this isn’t about signing a flashy free agent to plug a particularly gaping hole along the blue line or in goal, although both positions are woefully thin. Instead it would seem that with an abundance of salary cap space GM Steve Yzerman has to be amenable to making that cap asset work for the Red Wings in the hopes of at least incrementally speeding up the rebuild process. A year ago Carolina nabbed a first-round pick from Toronto in order to take on Patrick Marleau’s contract. Yzerman has to ferret out the kinds of deals that cap-strapped teams will be looking to make to free up space to stay in the playoff and/or Stanley Cup hunt. For instance, would Detroit take on Nino Niederreiter or Jake Gardiner if the Canes sweetened the deal with picks and/or prospects? What about Kyle Turris’ onerous deal in Nashville? Or Brent Seabrook in Chicago? There is hay to be made here for a Detroit team that is still deep in the rebuilding tunnel.

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

A year ago Carolina nabbed a first-round pick from Toronto in order to take on Patrick Marleau’s contract.

The true beauty of that deal is that Carolina walked away from Marleau’s salary at the end of this season without a single dollar’s worth of cap hit next year. In essense, the Canes traded a 6th round pick for Toronto’s 1st and 7th round picks.

That’s some serious deal-making right there.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/08/20 at 06:52 PM ET


Carolina being able to absorb a $6.5m cap hit for that pick was what made that deal happen, with roughly $20m in cap space after they resign their RFA’s, the Wings should be able to swing a similar deal or two and still have enough cap space to add a solid goalie and a reasonably priced defenseman.

If we have a repeat of last season, being HISTORICALLY bad, I’m afraid of the long term damage to the confidence of our young core.  Poor Larkin, last year at times he looked like he wanted to tie a plastic bag over his head and take the dirt nap to make the misery end.  They’ll still be a bottom third team even if they add a solid goalie and a decent veteran defender, but hopefully they won’t be as bad as they were last season.  Because even if they are the worst team in the league by a mile like they were this past season, the best they’re going to get is the fourth pick again.  Each year that they have been in the lottery, they have ended up with the lowest possible pick based on their position, so expecting anything else going forward would be overly optimistic for sure .

Posted by MikeO on 09/08/20 at 08:26 PM ET

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