The Detroit Red Wings are having a disappointing season, but they can turn it around in the offseason, and build to be better next season. These are the moves that I would make if I were GM of the Detroit Red Wings.
Before the 2022 Draft, a few trades are made
Detroit Red Wings trade Filip Zadina to the Arizona Coyotes for 1st round pick '22
This is a win-win trade for both teams because the Coyotes get a potential top 6 winger, while the Red Wings get Colorado's 1st round pick from this year's draft.
Robby Fabbri and Jordan Oesterle are traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Ilya Mikheyev and Ilya Lyubushkin. If Neither of these players re-signs with Detroit, they get a 2023 3rd-round pick. Detroit retains 1.5 million of Robby Fabbri's Contract for the duration of it.
This is basically a cap dump for the Red Wings, and for the Maple Leafs, they get two players to help the roster for two pending UFAs.
The Red Wings also trade Dan DeKeyser to the Anaheim Ducks for Jacob Larsson and a 2022 6th round pick. If DeKeyser re-signs with Anaheim, Detroit gets a conditional 4th round pick '23.
The Red Wings get something for a pending UFA in Dan DeKeyser, so they don't lose him for nothing.
Detroit also trades Oskar Sundqvist, Jake Walman, 3rd round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for Mattias Samuelsson.
Mattias Samuelsson will give the Red Wings a solid defensive defenseman to pair alongside Moritz Seider, while the Sabres add two solid depth players and a 3rd round pick.
At the 2022 Draft, the Detroit Red Wings trade pick 53 to the Nashville Predators for picks 82, 83, 146.
Detroit Red Wings add 7 forwards, 5 defensemen, and 1 goalie with the 13 picks that they have in the 2022 draft.
Detroit Red Wings sign the following free agents:
Rickard Rakell-3yrs/4.75M per
Andrew Copp-5yrs/4M per
Justin Schultz-2yrs/4M per
Ben Chiarot-4yrs/3.6M per
Ilya Mikheyev-3yrs/3M per
Casey DeSmith-2yrs/2.5M per
Noel Acciari-3yrs/1.7M per
Ilya Lyubushkin-2yrs/1.5M per
This is what the Lineup looks like at the beginning of next season:
2022-23 Detroit Red Wings
F: B.Lambert, J.Berggren, A.Ingram, M.Matikka, D.Rymon, J.Lutz, N.Greuter
D: A.Johansson, S.Casey, S.Forsmark, K.Kulonummi, E.Laakso, L.Jansson
G: S.Cossa, N.Kokko
The Detroit Red Wings have put together a solid team that might still miss the playoffs but are headed in the right direction.