Red Wings: Breaking Down the Top 10 Potential Targets This Off-Season

Jeff Petry of the Montreal Canadiens. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
Jeff Petry of the Montreal Canadiens. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /
10 of 11
Detroit Red Wings
Johnny Gaudreau. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images) /

Johnny Gaudreau, LW

Could you imagine seeing Johnny Gaudreau in a Red Wings uniform? That’d be awesome!

Johnny Gaudreau is coming off a incredible season with the Calgary Flames but his time in Calgary could be coming to an end as they have quite the cap predicament coming.

Both superstars, Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau are in the market for new contracts this off-season. And not only that, but they’ll have to find a way to fill out their roster after going all-in this season at the trade deadline. So, with that being said, they will more than likely only be able to re-sign one of the two. Furthermore, Tkachuk is a restricted free agent, Gaudreau is a unrestricted free agent. So who they will choose, It’s unclear. However, the Red Wings have a much better chance at getting Gaudreau than Tkachuk at the moment.

Gaudreau is likely going to make himself quite a bit of money after putting up a terrific year with the Flames. Having put up 40 goals, 75 assists, for a total of 115 points in 82 games, the money will be coming in from every team in the league. But only a few teams will actually have the cap space to pay him what he’ll be looking for. The Red Wings being one of them.

Now, I know that based upon his press conference, he wants to stay in Calgary. But, with that being said, he didn’t seem set on the idea. Therefore, the Red Wings can in fact make a play for the winger and potentially get their team a star winger to play on the line with Raymond and Larkin.