May 23, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Valtteri Filppula (51) skates with the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks in game four of the second round for the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Poll: Detroit Red WIngs Playing In Free Agency Pool


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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  • eric saleh

    The wings won big time by making the moves they did. I’m happy we let go of Filppula he was always pushing the wings for more and was always Threatening to leave! He wasn’t a ture red wing. He was ONLY and JUST about the money more then being happy about being a red wing. The 2 guys we picked up Completely is a way better Move then keeping Filppula. I’m calling it now. Wings win the cup next year. Don’t forget we still have many great player that still have gotten a shot to show how good they are, and also I think Nyquist is gonna be way better next Season and that guy by him self Has improved for the best.

    • Dylan nardone

      I have great faith in our young players who played with us last season. Nyquist, Andersson, Brunner, and Tatar played beyond expectation, along with Smith, Lashoff, and Dekeyser. Some even helped the Griffins win their season. This team could win the cup next year!