Free Agents – Forwards
The Red Wings, if interested in any free agents at all this summer, will most likely be in search of a Top-4 Defenseman and/or a goal scoring winger. This leads me to believe that Marian Gaborik will be at least glanced at by Ken Holland this summer. Gaborik is a 6’1″, 200-lbs right-winger who was traded from Columbus to Los Angeles this season. He’s a Calder and Hart trophy winner who’s had a bit of a tough time settling down since departing from Minnesota in 2009, but he might have found his groove in LA, where he has 31 points in 35 games (including the playoffs). He has the potential to score 30+ goals a season, something only Gustav Nyquist was even coming close to this season for the Red Wings. He’s an experienced and talented winger who can provide even more star power for the Red Wings.
Matt Moulson is a grinder and a get-in-front-of-the-net-er, and also possesses a nasty one-timer. He could fill the Holmstrom role along with Tomas Jurco. Both are willing to get down and dirty in the zone, and pick up some points too. Mouslon should be talked about in the front office this offseason. The transition of players from other teams to Detroit has been a problem as of late (i.e. Jordin Tootoo, David Legwand, Stephen Weiss) but transitioning probably won’t be an issue for Mouslon. He has 51 points in 75 games this season – for 3 different teams. This guy does his job, and does it well, regardless of the circumstances, which is something Detroit would probably drool over after facing so much inconsistency and inability to perform to expectations by several players.
Honorable Mention: Thomas Vanek- Thomas Vanek is a very talented goal-scoring winger, which Detroit needs desperately, but it’s all but certain that he will return to Minnesota this summer, where he played his college hockey, and can finally reunite with his close friend Jason Pominville.
Now, let’s move onto defencemen…