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Theory On Why The Wings Claimed Magnus Hellberg

11/28/2022 at 2:27pm EST

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from Pierre Lebrun of The Athletic,

Once again last offseason, we had teams taking gambles on the goalie carousel. No choice in the matter.

A quarter of the way into the season, let’s examine how some of those decisions have played out:

Ville Husso, Red Wings

I loved this acquisition from the moment it happened at the draft on July 8.

I get that his breakthrough in St. Louis last season, when he was a pending unrestricted free agent, was a small sample size, but it felt like whichever team got him would be happy as long as they didn’t overcommit. The three-year deal with a $4.75 million AAV is a moderate commitment so that if he doesn’t turn out to be a true No. 1, the Red Wings aren’t stuck with him. But the early returns are good. His .919 save percentage is 10th in the NHL. Again, it’s early, but so far, so good. The telling part will be how he handles the workload over an entire season. He started 38 games in St. Louis last season.

“He’s off to a good start,” Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman said Monday. “I don’t know how many games he’s going to play this year — whether it’s 40 or 55. There’s no real plan. Just like any other player, we’ll manage his ice time and make sure he’s good to go throughout the season.”

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