Analyzing the Detroit Red Wings RFAs Before Free Agency

Jan 26, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Tyler Bertuzzi (59) in action during the game between the Dallas Stars and the Detroit Red Wings at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 26, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Tyler Bertuzzi (59) in action during the game between the Dallas Stars and the Detroit Red Wings at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Givani Smith

Age: 23

2021 Stats

GP: 16

G: 1

A: 3

PTS: 4

2021 Salary: $714,166

Status

Givani Smith just concluded his entry level contract.  The jury is still out on Smith.  He has the potential to be a bottom six power forward or he could end up being selected by Seattle in the Expansion Draft if left unprotected.

Prediction

Givani Smith will earn a bridge contract of two years for $1.8 million with an annual cap hit of $900,000.

Evgeny Svechnikov

Age: 24

2021 Stats

GP: 21

G: 3

A: 5

PTS: 8

2021 Salary: $874,125

Status

Placed on waivers twice this past season and not selected, Evgeny Svechnikov is running out of time to impress the Detroit front office.  The former first round selection from 2015, Svechnikov has only played 41 games at the NHL level.  He will most likely be left unprotected in the Expansion Draft.

Prediction

Evgeny Svechnikov will earn a bridge contract of two years for $1.8 million with an annual cap hit of $900,000.

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