Pro Hockey Talk’s James O’Brien believes that the Red Wings and Senators are going about their rebuilding processes the wrong way, and as a result, O’Brien suggests some names that both teams might want to acquire to accelerate their rebuilding:
If you’re a fan of both hockey and team-building, the last few weeks have been Christmas in July. It might not be the most wonderful time of year if you demand smart team-building, though.
Plenty of teams have spent their money poorly lately, but at least two teams have really dropped the ball on boosting their rebuilds: the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators. Instead of seeing a blueprint in the Hurricanes creatively getting a first-round pick out of a Patrick Marleau trade and buyout, the Red Wings and Senators instead wasted their money on veterans who are unlikely to make much of a difference for their futures (Valtteri Filppula and Ron Hainsey, respectively).
The bad news is that Steve Yzerman and Pierre Dorion missed the boat at the most robust time. Jake Gardiner stands as a strong free agent option, yet the frenzy is now a dull rumble.
The good news is that there’s still time, as both teams have some space to take on Marleau-lite contracts, and there are contenders who need to make space. Before I list off some Marleau-lite contracts Detroit or Ottawa should consider absorbing, let’s summarize each team’s situations.
Bumpy road in Motor City: Filppula joins a bloated list of veteran supporting cast members who are clogging up Detroit’s cap, so it’s worth noting that the Red Wings only have about $5.284M in cap space, according to Cap Friendly.
The Red Wings have their normal array of picks for the next three years, along with an extra second in 2020, and also extra third-rounders in both 2020 and 2021. That’s decent, but why not buy more dart throws?
Continued with some trade-acquirable-names and UFA names of note…
And O’Brien dropped this doubt bomb on Twitter:
I’m not saying that Steve Yzerman was less shrewd, and more a figurehead, in Tampa Bay.
Definitely starting to wonder a bit, though.— James O’Brien 📎 (@cyclelikesedins) July 3, 2019