NHL Free Agency begins at 12:00 p.m. eastern daylight time today and we could see a flurry of activity or another slow-moving free agency like the past two seasons.
The Detroit Red Wings have a little under fifteen million dollars to spend, but have made qualifying offers to Danny DeKeyser, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan, Adam Almquist, Landon Ferraro, Mitch Callahan and Andrej Nestrasil, which will decrease that number by about six to eight million dollars due to DeKeyser, Tatar, and Sheahan.
The qualifying offers mean that the Detroit Red Wings will have about six to eight million dollars to spend on free agents this coming off-season.
The Wings will focus most of their efforts on acquiring a defenseman to bolster the blue line.
Reports from Helen St. James state that the Detroit Red Wings are going to offer thirty-seven year-old Dan Boyle a two-year eleven million dollar contract. But that could be a bit too much money for a player that will be thirty-eight before the season begins.
St. James said that Ed Jovanovski could be the back-up plan for Detroit on defense, but Chuck Pleiness disagreed with that sentiment on twitter.
— Chuck Pleiness (@wingsfrontman) June 30, 2014
And according the Ansar Khan the Detroit Red Wings are out of the running to acquire Christian Ehrhoff‘s services With Ehrhoff and Jovo out of the running for Detroit it leaves Matt Niskinen, Dan Boyle, or Anton Stralman as the options on the free agent market.
If the Detroit Red Wings cannot bring in a free agent defenseman, then they will try to bring a defenseman into the line-up through a trade. The worst possible case for Detroit would be promoting a defeseman from Grand Rapids, which would not be an awful choice. But the Detroit Red Wings are not looking for a developmental defenseman, they are looking for a top four player who will be able to improve the defense immediately.
Will the Detroit Red Wings get the defenseman they crave and can the Red Wings add a veteran forward or will they wait until to see if Alfredsson can over come him back issues and stay with Detroit?
Only time will tell.