The Detroit Red Wings have already made two free-agent signings this afternoon, inking both forward Bobby Ryan and defenseman Jon Merrill to one-year contracts.
And while they still need to bring aboard a new goaltender, one NHL Insider is of the opinion that they could have their eyes set on a defenseman that just raised the Stanley Cup last month.
Frank Seravalli “believes” that the Red Wings are interested in Kevin Shattenkirk, who was a member of the Stanley Cup winning Tampa Bay Lightning:
According to The Athletic writer Joe Smith, Shattenkirk turned down a three-year offer from the Lightning and will head to the market:
Shattenkirk spent last year with Tampa Bay, scoring eight goals with 26 assists; he later tallied three goals and 10 assists during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In 679 games, he’s scored 83 goals with 300 assists.
Red Wings sign former Michigan Wolverines defenseman Jon Merrill
The Detroit Red Wings have now made their second move of the 2020 free-agency period.
After agreeing to terms with left winger Bobby Ryan, they’ve signed free-agent defenseman Jon Merrill, formerly of the Vegas Golden Knights, to a one-year deal.
Merrill will help shore up Detroit’s blue line after the departures of Jonathan Ericsson, Trevor Daley and Madison Bowey.
The 6’3, 195 lb. Merrill grew up in Grand Blanc and Brighton, MI and also played collegiately with the Michigan Wolverines. He was drafted 38th overall by the New Jersey Devils in 2010, and was later selected in the expansion draft by the Golden Knights in 2017.
He’s played in 356 career NHL games, registering 61 points and 195 PIM.