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Detroit's 12 RFAs

04/20/2020 at 4:48pm EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Wings have a staggering 12 restricted free agents – players the organization could re-sign to longer term deals, short-term contracts, or simply not bring back.

Some of these RFAs certainly improved their stock with promising seasons that made them appear to be building blocks for the Wings’ future. But others disappointed, though they were given numerous opportunities.

Here are the Red Wings’ RFAs (with statistics and current salary), though exactly when the free-agency process takes place this summer is unknown right now because of the coronavirus pandemic.

- Tyler Bertuzzi, 21 goals, 27 assists, $1.4 million: Bertuzzi posted his second consecutive 21-goal season, was the Wings’ All-Star representative, and was one of the team’s more consistent players. Bertuzzi has proven capable of playing a variety of roles, the coaching staff can plug him on any line, but he’s been especially productive on the top scoring line. Bertuzzi will likely get a long-term deal.

- Madison Bowey, 3 goals, 14 assists, $1 million: Bowey was waived in December, played one game in Grand Rapids, and was recalled when injuries decimated the Wings’ roster. Bowey hasn’t progressed defensively, and with the Wings likely to reshuffle the defense, it wouldn’t be shocking to see them cut ties with Bowey.

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