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Wings Offseason Needs

Created by: TheWolfe
Initial Creation Date: Mar. 11, 2022
Published: Mar. 11, 2022
Team: 2022-23 Detroit Red Wings
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So with Detroit now being all but mathematically out of the playoff picture, I think its time to look ahead to this offseason and what needs to be done to get this team to the next level.

My assessment of their needs is:

A true 2C, unless they believe they have one in the system.

3-4 new Defensemen. Again, this could be fulfilled by what they have in the system. Edvinsson will make this team next year, but they probably need additional help. I don't see DDK, Staal, or Leddy getting re signed, nor should they be. This is the team's most glaring weakness. You're not going to make the playoffs giving up 4+ goals a night.

An experienced starting goaltender. Ned is going through a rough stretch, but this team's defensive deficiencies are obvious. I think they need a proven 1A/1B combo if they want to make a playoff push in 22/23. Do they sign a guy like Korpi who has struggled in Cbus lately? Or do they take a flyer on a one year deal on a guy the the Flower?

New head coach? I'm far from a Blash hater, but I'm not a huge supporter either. I think he's done pretty well given what he's had to work with, but the team's recent slide and total breakdown on defense has been concerning. This team had been playing hard for him up to this point, but its worth wondering if the message hasn't gone a bit stale. Time will tell if he can get this team to rally back and finish strong.

Conclusion:

Detroit has an hilarious amount of cap space, but I don't see Yzerman using a ton of it. He made it obvious at the beginning of his tenure than this team wasn't going to be rebuilt overnight. However, I think he's proven that if he can make a savvy deal to improve the team without handcuffing himself long term financially, he won't hesitate to do so.

What moves do you think he makes in the offseason?
Free Agent Signings
RESERVE LISTYEARSCAP HIT
Edvinsson, Simon3$925,000
Söderblom, Elmer3$850,000
Wallinder, William3$900,000
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Stephens, Mitchell1$850,000
Pearson, Chase1$900,000
Larsson, Filip1$900,000
Juolevi, Olli1$850,000
Fulcher, Kaden1$850,000
Brattström, Victor1$850,000
Zadina, Filip2$1,750,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Namestnikov, Vladislav3$2,500,000
Trades
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  1. 2023 3rd round pick (TOR)
TOR
    Leddy probably gets moved at the deadline
    Buyouts
    • Justin Abdelkader: $2,305,556
    • Frans Nielsen: $500,000
    Retained Salary Transactions
    • Richard Pánik: $1,375,000 (50%)
    DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
    2022
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    2023
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    ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES TooltipBONUSESCAP SPACE
    20$81,500,000$50,998,056$0$4,625,000$30,501,944
    Left WingCenterRight Wing
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    Vrána, Jakub
    $5,250,000
    LW
    UFA - 2
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    Larkin, Dylan
    $6,100,000
    C
    NTC
    UFA - 1
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    Raymond, Lucas
    $925,000
    RW, LW
    RFA - 2
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    Bertuzzi, Tyler
    $4,750,000
    LW, RW
    UFA - 1
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    Suter, Pius
    $3,250,000
    C, LW
    UFA - 1
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    Zadina, Filip
    $1,750,000
    RW, LW
    RFA
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    Fabbri, Robby
    $4,000,000
    LW, C
    UFA - 3
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    Veleno, Joseph
    $894,167
    C
    RFA - 1
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    Namestnikov, Vladislav
    $2,500,000
    RW, LW, C
    NTC
    UFA - 1
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    Erne, Adam
    $2,100,000
    LW, RW
    UFA - 1
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    Rasmussen, Michael
    $1,460,000
    C, LW
    RFA - 2
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    Smith, Givani
    $750,000
    LW
    RFA - 1
    Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
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    Edvinsson, Simon
    $925,000
    LD
    RFA - 3
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    Hronek, Filip
    $4,400,000
    RD
    RFA - 2
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    Nedeljkovic, Alex
    $3,000,000
    G
    UFA - 1
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    Oesterle, Jordan
    $1,350,000
    LD/RD
    UFA - 1
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    Seider, Moritz
    $863,333
    RD
    RFA - 2
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    Juolevi, Olli
    $850,000
    LD
    RFA - 1
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    Lindström, Gustav
    $850,000
    RD
    RFA - 1
    ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
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    Stephens, Mitchell
    $850,000
    C
    RFA - 1

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    Mar. 11 at 2:04 p.m.
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    There are more sellers than buyers and way more better options than Leddy who costs 5.5 million. He's untradeable
    Mar. 11 at 2:12 p.m.
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    Quoting: Logan_Ollivier
    There are more sellers than buyers and way more better options than Leddy who costs 5.5 million. He's untradeable

    Not at all. He WILL be traded. He still has value (as he showed last night). Detroit will retain salary and move him, easily.
    Mar. 11 at 2:13 p.m.
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    Edited Mar. 11 at 2:29 p.m.
    I really want to see the full court press put on Lindholm. Age, skill, need, etc... he is the perfect fit.
    Mar. 11 at 2:24 p.m.
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    So this is the off-season to get a center. You potentially have trocheck, strome, kadri, and hertl for sale and all legit top 6 centers. Get the center and use the early draft pick on a goal scorer. I'd love Lekkerimäki.
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    Mar. 11 at 2:24 p.m.
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    Quoting: DeadWingsv2
    I really want to see the full court press put on Lindholm. Age, skill, need, etc... he is there perfect fit.


    Yeah that's the one obvious target. Having him AND Edvinsson would really solidify this blue line.

    At that point your top 4 would be:

    Lindholm Seider
    Edvinsson Hronek


    Then a "scrub" battle royal for the last 2 spots
    Mar. 11 at 2:25 p.m.
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    Quoting: Logan_Ollivier
    There are more sellers than buyers and way more better options than Leddy who costs 5.5 million. He's untradeable


    Defensemen ALWAYS get moved at the deadline, its one of the givens in life along with death and taxes. And its not like the wings can't afford to retain.
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    Mar. 11 at 3:01 p.m.
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    Quoting: DeadWingsv2
    Not at all. He WILL be traded. He still has value (as he showed last night). Detroit will retain salary and move him, easily.


    Good luck, he's definitely not going to TO. They need an actual good defenceman
    Mar. 11 at 3:03 p.m.
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    Quoting: TheWolfe
    Defensemen ALWAYS get moved at the deadline, its one of the givens in life along with death and taxes. And its not like the wings can't afford to retain.


    And there are many many available. All better or way cheaper than Leddy.
    Mar. 11 at 3:38 p.m.
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    Quoting: Logan_Ollivier
    And there are many many available. All better or way cheaper than Leddy.


    Such as?
    Mar. 11 at 3:51 p.m.
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    Quoting: Logan_Ollivier
    Good luck, he's definitely not going to TO. They need an actual good defenceman

    Don't misinterpret my reply, I'm not saying to Toronto, just in general. I don't think he's a fit in Toronto either.
    Mar. 11 at 3:52 p.m.
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    Quoting: DeadWingsv2
    Don't misinterpret my reply, I'm not saying to Toronto, just in general. I don't think he's a fit in Toronto either.


    Yeah I just had them as a placeholder since they have a need at LD with Muzzin out. But I think they're looking for cheaper depth.
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    Mar. 11 at 5:48 p.m.
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    Quoting: DeadWingsv2
    Don't misinterpret my reply, I'm not saying to Toronto, just in general. I don't think he's a fit in Toronto either.


    He's just not good, I don't see anyone wanting him.
    Mar. 11 at 5:58 p.m.
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    Quoting: TheWolfe
    Such as?


    Chiarot, Schenn, Severson, Subban, Chychrun, Wideman, Demello, Braun, Hagg, Miller, Giordano, etc etc lots of defenceman available and all better than Leddy.

    I will say Subban is unlikely as well because he's expensive
    Mar. 12 at 10:13 a.m.
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    Quoting: TheWolfe
    Yeah that's the one obvious target. Having him AND Edvinsson would really solidify this blue line.

    At that point your top 4 would be:

    Lindholm Seider
    Edvinsson Hronek


    Then a "scrub" battle royal for the last 2 spots


    Lindstrom has all but locked down RD on the third pairing, and if Staal is willing to stay for cheap thats a serviceable bottom pair for a year or two until another young guy like McIsaac or Johansson is ready
    Mar. 21 at 6:14 p.m.
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    Quoting: Logan_Ollivier
    He's just not good, I don't see anyone wanting him.


    Boy did that age like milk
    Mar. 21 at 8:58 p.m.
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    Boy did that age like milk


    Hilarious trade. Wow did St Louis just absolutely get destroyed here. A terrible defenceman gets that much in return.
    Mar. 23 at 3:23 p.m.
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    Quoting: Logan_Ollivier
    Hilarious trade. Wow did St Louis just absolutely get destroyed here. A terrible defenceman gets that much in return.


    I'm convinced Stevie has compromising pictures of every GM in the league. Only way to explain it
    Mar. 23 at 4:24 p.m.
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    I'm convinced Stevie has compromising pictures of every GM in the league. Only way to explain it


    Some GM's just panic and make bad moves. Leddy sucks
     
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