ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski stirs the pot today with a list of the “best homes for the remaining unrestricted free agents” in the latest “Wysh List.” Wyshynski suggests that Niklas Kronwall end his career somewhere other than Detroit:
Best match: Toronto Maple Leafs
I think it’s probably Detroit Red Wings or bust for Kronwall, the 38-year-old defenseman who hit opponents so hard that his name became a verb. But if he did continue on elsewhere, what about a left-side role for peanuts with Mike Babcock in Toronto? He averaged 19:57 per game last season with Detroit and was just a nose ahead of his teammates as far as relative Corsi. His expected goals percentage (44.31) was putrid, but it would improve on a better team. He’s Ron Hainsey with Red Wings Cup nostalgia. And hey, maybe he gets one good Kronwalling in on the Bruins in their inevitable playoff series next spring.
Continued; I would be extremely shocked if Kronwall didn’t finish his career as a one-team player.