Analyzing Detroit Red Wings UFAs Before Free Agency

Apr 29, 2021; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier (45) reaches out to make a save during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 29, 2021; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier (45) reaches out to make a save during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sam Gagner

Age: 31

GP: 42

G: 7

A: 8

PTS: 15

2021 Salary: $850,000

Advantages of Signing

Sam Gagner is a very affordable veteran of 14 NHL seasons.  Gagner has at times been a nice contributor at both ends of the ice.  He can play anywhere in the lineup and is most likely willing to sign a short term contract.

Disadvantages of Signing

Gagner blocks a roster position for a young prospect.

Prediction

Sam Gagner signs a one year deal with Detroit for $900,000.