from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,
Leddy will be an unrestricted free agency. If the team is going to miss the plays, then it’s better to get something in return for his services. Even is they want to resign him, they could still do it in the offseason. They could move Thomas Greiss, Vladislav Namestnikov or Marc Staal. However, no one in that trio will fetch a strong return.
But what happens after the Red Wings trade Nick Leddy and others? Here’s a first look at what the Red Wings will need after this season is completed:
1. Simon Edvinsson to be Ready in 2022-23
Based on winning percentage, Edvinsson’s Frolunda is the Swedish League’s second-best team. Best-case scenario would be for Edvinsson to win a Swedish championship, sign with the Wings and come to North America in time to play a few games in the AHL or even the NHL. He then spends the summer in the weight room and arrives next fall with a shot to make the team.
Even if Edvinsson has to start the 2022-23 season in Grand Rapids, it seems likely he would eventually land in Detroit. He’s big. He’s mobile and likes to make things happen offensive and defensively.
2. Yzerman Acquires Proven D Man
Yzerman would prefer someone in his mid-20s with a proven track record. The Red Wings will be looking for someone who can be a consistent performer on a nightly basis. They will want him to also be mentor for Moritz Seider and Edvinsson if he makes the team.