With the Detroit Red Wings officially now in the offseason, fans will be pining to see what moves GM Steve Yzerman will be making as he continues the rebuilding process of the team that he’s been at the helm for since 2019.
Of course, his biggest move as GM so far took place over the weekend when it was announced that head coach Jeff Blashill wouldn’t be brought back for an 8th season behind the bench.
Detroit’s lack of offensive depth was made even more apparent when forward Robby Fabbri was felled by a torn ACL in early March, and you can bet there will be more than a few free agents that Yzerman will have his eye on this offseason. Of course, there will be several high-profile forwards that will command top dollar, among those being Filip Forsberg and Patrik Laine, though Yzerman may not be willing to shell out major cast – yet. Let’s check out a few of the candidates that could be realistic options.
The Minnesota Wild forward enjoyed his best NHL season to date, racking up a career high 85 points and helping lead the Wild to a playoff berth.
The 27 year-old Russian forward demonstrated his flair for offensive flashiness, posting 61 points in 80 games played for the high-powered Avalanche.
Recently acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Anaheim Ducks at this year’s NHL Trade Deadline, Rakell will be a coveted depth piece this summer; he has 352 points in 569 carer games.
This will be a familiar name to Red Wings fans, as he’s routinely helped torch Detroit over the years as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Of course, he was drafted by Tampa in 2011 by none other than Yzerman himself.
Strome’s 54 points in 74 games this season for the New York Rangers helped them form one of the Eastern Conference’s top offensive attacks.