The Detroit Red Wings made a big splash in free agency at the start, but they had to lose some to gain some. They had some big signings and some big losses. Are the pro’s better than the con’s? Vote on the issue at the end of the post.
The first major shock to the fans of the Red Wings was even being remotely interested in free agency. Their first move was their biggest. They signed Daniel Alfredsson, former captain of the Ottawa Senators, to a 1-year deal worth $5.5 million. The best thing that could have happened to the Red Wings this offseason was this signing. Although Alfie is getting old, he still has skill left on his stick. He can make a play if he needs to which is what they need. Plus, I think he needed to get out of Ottawa. Carrying a team for as long as he did can be tiring, which puts a lot of damage on your body.
Just a few hours after the public knew of Alfredsson’s signing, the Wings signed Florida Panthers’ forward Stephen Weiss. It’s a 5-year deal worth $24.5 million. The center has scored 145 goals in his 10 years in Florida. With his speed, he could produce some big numbers wearing the Red Wings jersey.
The Red Wings lost a few players in free agency though. First off, they lost playoff star Valtteri Filppula to the Tampa Bay Lightning. They signed him to a 5 year contract worth $25 million. This is big for the team, especially after the buyout of captain Vincent Lecavalier. Newcomer Damien Brunner and veteran Daniel Cleary have decided to hit the free agency pool and test the waters. I think the Wings should try and keep Cleary, at the least. Any team that picks up these two will be one lucky team.Did the Red Wings score big or lose too much? I think they broke even, but it’s more in their favor. Vote below and let everyone know your opinion in the comments section. Thanks for reading.
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