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Forward Looking

05/11/2020 at 9:16am EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings likely are done for this season since the NHL appears inclined to start with an expanded playoffs if play resumes following the coronavirus hiatus. So here is a projected look at next season’s forwards:

Who’s back

Tyler Bertuzzi: He has established himself with back-to-back 21-goal seasons and provides a blue-collar element to the top line.

Who won’t be back

Brendan Perlini: The 12th overall pick in 2014, acquired in a trade from Chicago, struggled from start to finish (one goal, four points in 39 games) and was a frequent scratch. It seems unlikely the club would re-sign the restricted free agent.

Who’s on the bubble

Justin Abdelkader: With three years remaining at a cap hit of $4.25 million, he can’t be traded and won’t be bought out. But if he doesn’t perform in training camp, he likely will be waived and sent to Grand Rapids.

Christoffer Ehn: Fourth-line checker and penalty killer provides flexibility with ability to play center or wing but he is not assured of a roster spot.

Sam Gagner: The Red Wings might look to re-sign this veteran for a year, but would he prefer a return to Western Canada if there is an opportunity?

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