Free Agency opens on July 5th and the Detroit Red Wings will be looking to upgrade the team by bringing in a free agent or two. Here we take a look at players who could help the Wings moving forward.
HEIGHT: 6′ 2″
CAP HIT: $4,000,000
STATS: 22 points (13 goals, 9 assist) / 43 games played
Nathan Horton is a big, strong right-handed power forward, who can be counted on to produce points and PIM.
Why should the Red Wings sign Nathan Horton?
He is only 28 years old and is just entering the prime of his career.
He is a legitimate 20 goal scorer who could put up 30 if needed and healthy.
In the Playoffs he comes alive. Horton has 19 points in 20 games this season, which ranks him second and in the Bruin’s other Cup run he had 17 points in 21 games.
Why shouldn’t the Red Wings sign Nathan Horton?
Red Wing’s have a lot of prospects coming up through the ranks and bringing in Horton could disrupt their development.
Horton could be looking for a raise after the season, which could push him out of Detroit’s price range.
Concussion history. It is not good to hold this fact over a player, but it is legitimate concern that NHL teams have.
The question is, do we think he should be brought in?
Yes. The Red Wings have a few players left to sign, but with two compliance buyouts the Red Wings could certainly make room for him on the Roster.