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Will The Wings Be Active In Free Agency?

06/06/2019 at 8:07am EDT

Dan Rosen of NHL.com answered some fan mail...

Do you think Steve Yzerman and the Detroit Red Wings will be aggressive in free agency?

I predict patience from Yzerman as the Red Wings new general manager. I don't think he'll be aggressive in free agency because the need for a splash doesn't outweigh the need for the Red Wings to build it right so they can become a contender for several years. The caveat to this is the potential for Yzerman to use the rarely used offer sheet. I've heard around the League that nobody would be surprised if he tried to get Lightning center Brayden Point to sign an offer sheet. But I also think the Lightning will match it so it's probably not going to go very far.

When he was introduced as executive vice president and general manager on April 19, Yzerman repeatedly mentioned how building the Red Wings back into a contender will take time. He likes the foundation put in place by former GM Ken Holland. The plan will be to build around forwards Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou, Tyler Bertuzzi, Filip Zadina and Michael Rasmussen. He likes defensemen Filip Hronek and Jared McIssac too.

Yzerman's plan is likely the same as it was with the Lightning. He let it build slowly in Tampa Bay. He had Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman, but he eventually added Nikita Kucherov, Tyler Johnson, Palat, Killorn and Point, making them a part of the core. He infused veterans like defensemen Anton Stralman, Dan Girardi and Braydon Coburn, and forward Ryan Callahan, albeit in a trade for Hall of Famer Martin St. Louis. He could allow goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy to develop properly because he acquired Ben Bishop. Eventually he added Miller and defenseman Ryan McDonagh, and the next wave of younger players started to come through too, making the Lightning what they were this season, the best in the regular season.

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