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Questions Facing The Wings

01/01/2023 at 3:33pm EST

from Nate Brown of Detroit Hockey Now,

So as 2023 begins, here are the first seven of 21 Red Wings-related questions to ponder.

#5: What do they need to Be doing With the goaltending situation?

Ville Husso is obviously safe. But then it becomes a question of Alex Nedeljkovic or Magnus Hellberg as the backup goalie. The former hasn’t come to close what the Red Wings (or he) expected in terms of performance, while the latter has been solid in relief and in the tandem role. If the Red Wings make the decision to be exposing Hellberg to waivers, he’s likely on his way out (again). Nedeljkovic is a more interesting case. Would Yzerman risk putting him through waivers? Might a team pick him and his salary up?

#6: Would Yzerman pull off a trade to clear out some room?

Later for sure. But Detroit hasn’t had much opportunity to play with their full roster all season. With news that Vrana, Tyler Bertuzzi, Fabbri, and Filip Zadina could all be back within a matter of weeks, it certainly changes things in terms of how the roster shapes up. A trade opening some spots would certainly ease the logjam, but seems unlikely right now. There’s something to be said for having the roster stocked.

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