The bad news? The Detroit Red Wings are in the midst of a full-scale rebuild, and it’s painful. They’re by far the worst team in the National Hockey League with a mere nine wins against 26 regulation losses and three OT/SO losses.
The good news? Steve Yzerman is back at the helm, running the show as general manager.
And some additional good news – it won’t be long before some of the regrettable contracts that former GM Ken Holland signed will be coming off the books.
There are a bevy of free-agents that will be available this summer, and here are a few names that Yzerman could consider.
Chris Kreider, LW
The Red Wings need help on the wings (no pun). Kreider fits the bill. At 6’3 and 217 lbs, Kreider has established himself as a reliable scorer, eclipsing the 20-goal mark in four of the past five seasons.
Torey Krug, D
The Royal Oak, Mich. native played collegiately at Michigan State University, and has patrolled Boston’s blue line for over six years now. Could he be enticed at the prospect of playing for his hometown squad?
Justin Schultz, D
The right-handed puck moving defenseman won back to back Stanley Cup championships with the Penguins in 2016 and 2017, the latter of which he put up his best statistical year with 51 points.