MLive’s Ansar Khan ponders what the Red Wings might do during the upcoming free agent period, which begins tomorrow at 12 PM EDT:
General manager Steve Yzerman will be active, seeking to fill a few holes on the roster. The Red Wings need two or three right-shooting forwards and a depth defenseman, preferably a left-shooter.
Yzerman likely will look to sign players on short-term deals (one or two years) at relatively low cap figures.
The Red Wings had only three right-shot forwards last season – Bobby Ryan, Sam Gagner and Luke Glendening – and all are free agents.
“Right shots are a bit of a concern for us,” Yzerman said. “Our three right-shot forwards are unrestricted free agents, and we have definite interest in all three of them. Between now and (today), we’ll decide if we can get something done with any of those guys or do we go beyond the 28th and see what else is out there.”
Continued; Khan believes that Ryan, Gagner and Glendening are all legitimate options at forward, as are some of the more notable names out there at forward, but he suggests that the Wings will look at an Alex Biega-type defenseman to shuttle between Detroit and Grand Rapids, and stand pat in goal.