3 Forwards That the Red Wings Need to Pursue in Free Agency

Valeri Nichushkin of the Colorado Avalanche. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Valeri Nichushkin of the Colorado Avalanche. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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Kevin Fiala of the Minnesota Wild. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) /

Kevin Fiala, LW/RW

Kevin Fiala, if the Red Wings were to sign him, would be a perfect addition to the team. His skill-set would fit the team perfectly. Fiala and the Wild have been at odds for awhile now, and It’s incredibly unlikely that he returns to the Wild after this off-season. Therefore, the Wild have just a good a chance as any other team in the NHL so why not them.

Fiala is coming off a terrific season. He played in every game this season for the Wild and ended the season as a point per game player. He scored 33 goals, 52 assists, for 85 total points. He was also a +23. So, no matter where he goes, the one thing that we can ensure is the fact that he is going to get paid. But lucky for the Red Wings, they have the money to pay him whatever he wants. But, I say that thinking he isn’t going to get paid $8,000,000+. If he wants more than that, then Yzerman needs to look elsewhere.

Fiala, if he were to sign here, would more than likely end up on the second-line along with Jakub Vrana and maybe Joe Veleno? But, if I’m Yzerman and see this combination for a second-line, I’d be interested without a doubt. Having two solid, offensive lines would make it much easier on everyone else. This past season’s problem was that there was no production from anyone other than captain Dylan Larkin, Lucas Raymond, and Tyler Bertuzzi.

If they sign Fiala, the second-line could easily match the first lines prodcution which would make this signing worth it in every single way.

Contract Options

Option A: 5yrs/$35,000,000($7,000,000 AAV)

Option B: 4yrs/$32,000,000($8,000,000 AAV)