Hockeybuzz’s Duff suggests Hainsey, Perry as possible UFA pick-ups

The Red Wings’ beat writers have weighed in as to what the team might want to do as the Wings approach free agency tomorrow, and Hockeybuzz’s Bob Duff makes some bold UFA suggestions this afternoon:

There are some players who figure to interest the Wings that aren’t going to be settling for short-term pacts. That includes former Detroit forward Gustav Nyquist. Others like forwards Wayne Simmonds and Brett Connolly and defenseman Anton Stralman are likely to garner longer term from other teams.

A possibility could be journeyman defenseman Ron Hainsey. He’s 38, and played in Ann Arbor with USA Hockey’s NTDP, so he’s familiar with the area. He’s a reliable, stay-at-home type who’s won a Stanley Cup.

Hanisey averaged 20 minutes a game with Toronto last season and played 81 games. Hainsey could also be a guy the Wings would be able to flip to a contender at the NHL trade deadline.

Longtime Wings antagonist Corey Perry is also a free agent after being bought out by Anaheim. He could add abrasiveness in a bottom-six forward role and would be another that might interest a contender at the deadline.

An intriguing possibility is forward Joonas Donskoi. He’s another bottom-six forward type who can put the puck in the net, with back-to-back 14 goal seasons on his resume. But at 27, he’s not likely to get a longer-term pact from some team.


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2 thoughts on “Hockeybuzz’s Duff suggests Hainsey, Perry as possible UFA pick-ups”

  1. Very sad the media in Detroit looks like they are copying and pasting, certainly not thinking.

    Perry, Lids and Perry had a commercial together otherwise “Perry maybe for Wings ” is insane, embarrassing, … What year is this again?

    Get this UFA trash done soon please, maybe just skip to Oct 1 2019

  2. *Deep breath*


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