The Red Wings aren’t done making moves this summer–mostly because there are restricted free agents to re-sign, and because, according to my surgically-repaired gut, anyway, the team will probably add another forward or two before all is said and done…
With perhaps the exception of Frans Nielsen, most of Ken Holland’s doofiest contractual mistakes have been expunged from the roster. The guys who left to “chase Cups” (as hard as it was to say goodbye to them) have left the roster leaner, meaner, and much younger…
And te few additions made via trades and free agency would seem to indicate that a relatively healthy Red Wings team will finally start turning its ship around after wallowing in “heavy weather” for the past half-a-decade.
Playing in a stacked Atlantic Division, the Wings aren’t likely to make a deep playoff run next season, but they’re at least somewhat likely to be more competitive, and that’s exciting by present-day Red Wings standards.
The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan examined each and every one of the NHL’s 32 teams to deem “winners,” “losers” and “flat-liners” of the offseason thus far, and Kulfan offers this take on the Red Wings’ offseason moves (again, “thus far”) in a subscriber-only article. Kulfan places the Wings in the “winners'” category for the following reasons:
Detroit — The Wings aren’t going to be playoff contenders — yet. And who knows how good goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic and forward Pius Suter will turn out to be. But the potential of those two, the immediate help of defenseman Nick Leddy, and two quality first-round draft picks (defenseman Simon Edvinsson, goaltender Sebastian Cossa), make for another step forward.
Kulfan continues (paywall); I can’t say that I’m absolutely ecstatic about the number of wins my gallbladder-less gut says the Wings will earn this upcoming season, but I’m excited about the team’s promise and potential (both short and long-term) for the first time in a long time, and that’s pretty cool.