from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,
Here are five happenings that help the Red Wings make up ground:
1. Sign Top-notch Backup Goaltender
The backup will get roughly 25 starts, and maybe more depending on Ville Husso’s level of play and injuries. Last season, the Red Wings’ backups only won 34.6% of those games.
If GM Steve Yzerman could acquire a backup who could even win 40% of his start, it would push Detroit closer to the postseason. Of course, that would be easier said than done. The goalie market is thin this summer....
2. Find a Proven Right Shot D Man
The Detroit defense is coming together. But they have to find a veteran right shot D man. Gustav Lindstrom seems to be looking to go elsewhere and he is coming off a disappointing season.
Imagine if Yzerman could persuade 6-foot-4 Scott Mayfield to come Detroit. That probably falls under the category of wishful thinking. The Islanders will make a last ditch effort to keep Mayfield....
3. More From Lucas Raymond
With 40 goals over his first two NHL seasons, Lucas Raymond is one of the NHL’s top young scorers. But Raymond’s second season was slightly disappointing because his production dropped. He went from 23 goals to 17 and from 57 to 45 points. He did miss eight games because of injury. But that doesn’t explain all of the decline. It also doesn’t explain why Raymond didn’t improve from season one to season two.
more ($) on each of the above plus two more two more points
Am I the only one hoping that the salary cap does not go up beyond the 1 million already stated for 23-24 season? There are a ot of teams that will not be able to retain players they wouldd like to keep and the Wings have the cap room to accomodate such players. True, the player must also want to come here, but given the situation they may not have a lot of options. Plus, if the big cap raise is pushed of to the 24//25 season it will help the Wings as some of their younger stars willl be due for new contracts.
Good points. I think Yzerman will do some trade(s) dangling some draft picks in the mix.
what are points 4 and 5?
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