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Possible UFA Signings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Wings, though showing signs of improvement, simply aren’t ready to add big-name, big-salary free agents at this stage of the rebuild. Nor would many certain free agents want to be Wings, at this stage, instead for looking playoff-ready teams....

Goaltender Jonathan Bernier and forward Luke Glendening are near certainties to return. Bernier has been arguably one of the Wings’ best players over the last two seasons, and he forms a good tandem with goaltender Thomas Greiss.

Glendening is a leader on the young team and is one of the best players in the face-off circle in the NHL....

- Ian Cole, defenseman, Minnesota (one goal, seven assists in 2020-21): The Ann Arbor native is 32 and coming off a good season with the Wild, but they’ll have only so much money left over to spend. Cole will likely look toward a contender first, but the left-shot defenseman would be a fit with the Wings.

- Alex Goligoski, defenseman, Arizona (three goals, 19 assists): Goligoski, 35, might be the type of veteran who slips through the cracks and becomes available later in the summer. He's the type of defenseman who the Wings can then sign and flip at the trade deadline.

- Mattias Janmark, center, Vegas, (11 goals, 13 assists): A former Wings’ draft pick dealt to Dallas in 2015 in the Erik Cole trade, Janmark has had a steady career and played very well in Vegas as a rental. Janmark, 28, might have earned himself a multi-year deal with his performance this season.

more (paid), Kulfan also lists dmen Jon Merrill, Ryan Murray, Patrik Nemet and centers/forwards Tomas Nosek, Jordan Oesterle, Jaden Schwartz, Tomas Tatar and Alex Wennberg.

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Jonathan Bernier (getting to that age of goalie suddenly fall off a cliff…during an expansion year where teams can only protect one there aren’t younger options with better long-term fits? Time to cut the cord.)
and forward Luke Glendening (if he wants to come back okay….but why does he? he’s the last piece of a championship team—pk guy that can win faceoffs. Don’t pull a Helm with him and cause him to be stuck on the roster till the contract runs out.)
Ian Cole (no thanks..how many older d-men that fall off after year 1 of a 3 year deal is Detroit going to sign?...go after a LHD that is subject to the expansion draft…Carolina has some good ones)
Jon Merrill (see above..a few years younger and a 3rd pair with minimal trade value…so if we have to…1 year deal only),
Ryan Murray (28 yr old #2 overall bust that doesn’t shoot…yeah that will make Wings fans days for the #2 LHD. Pass.),
Patrik Nemet(h) (why would he want to come back vs compete for a Cup? And why would the Wings want him?)
and centers/forwards Tomas Nosek (stays in Vegas unless overpaid. Thanks again Holland.)
Jordan Oesterle (okay…him I can see…but he’s coming off a bad year and he couldn’t make it as a d-man on the Edmonton teams of a few years ago…how much is anyone expecting).
Jaden Schwartz (uhh…there aren’t any LW waiting for a spot? that’s news to me)
Tomas Tatar (uhh…there aren’t any LW waiting for a spot? that’s news to me)

and Alex Wennberg (that’d be my target out of these guys. Younger. Was limited in Columbus’ system. Moved to Florida’s and showed growth. Plays centre.

What I see from above is that it’s time to start using the excess draft capital and expansion threat to acquire younger pieces rather than fill from free agency.

Posted by d ca on 06/22/21 at 04:03 PM ET

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Ryan Murray and Alex Wennberg would be good choices.

Posted by Shields3J on 06/23/21 at 06:45 AM ET

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Jonathan Bernier (getting to that age of goalie suddenly fall off a cliff…during an expansion year where teams can only protect one there aren’t younger options with better long-term fits? Time to cut the cord.)

The ONLY way signing Bernier makes sense is if they can’t find a younger equivalent AND he is willing to sign short-term. That position should either be filled by someone who could evolve into a long-term solution or by a tradeable asset.

Wennberg is certainly an interesting candidate but what the Wings really need is a top-line center. They’ve got plenty of guys to fill out the rest of the center spots especially if Glendening returns.

Posted by evileye on 06/23/21 at 11:06 AM ET

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How about Jamie Oleksiak or Mikael Granlund?

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 06/23/21 at 12:44 PM ET

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How about Jamie Oleksiak or Mikael Granlund?

Olesiak would be an excellent acquisition but I expect there will be a lot of suitors driving the price up. The question for the Wings might not be money but term. Someone will probably offer 7 years. What will the back half of that contract look like?

I’ve seen plenty of Granlund watching a lot of Nashville hockey. When he is on, he can be quite effective. But when he is off, he adds almost nothing. He is very streaky. Since speed is one of his better attributes, I don’t expect him to be effective much longer. He’d be a stop gap at best and worry if the Wings sign him he’ll be the next Filpula contract. I’d pass. Gagne/Ryan although slightly different players would be almost as effective and cheaper.

 

Posted by evileye on 06/23/21 at 12:52 PM ET

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Posted by evileye on 06/23/21 at 12:52 PM ET

Thank you. Good input. I totally agree with what you said about Olesiak and potential suitors. I thought it, but did not write it. Sometimes I rather dream than deal with reality! lol But I think he would be an excellent fit and the Wings could trade him for something of value.

The thing I like about Granlund that he fits blashells system. He is a decent two way center. His CF% has dropped some in the last few years, but I think at the trade deadline he would grab the Wings at least a 4th round draft pick. It’s sounds like you have seen him play way more than I, so I will trust your input.

I do think both players are a pipe dream because they may be able to go to a good team.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 06/23/21 at 05:49 PM ET

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