Red Wings Free-Agency Splash: The Cause and Effect

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The Detroit Red Wings have not gone out and spent money like they did this off-season in quite some time. Matter of fact, it’s probably been about six years since they really made a push in the free agency market. That was up until July 14th, 2022.

After Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond showed that they were ready this past season, it probably prompted Steve Yzerman to take a step back and re-evaluate the organization and where they are at. Most of the time that leads to many trades, but this time, Yzerman decided they were ready to take the next step in their rebuild.

On the first day of free agency the Detroit Red Wings signed a plethora of names that are hopefully going to help them take the next step.

With the additions of forwards David Perron, Andrew Copp, and Dominik Kubalik, they added a elite goal scorer, a versatile two-way player, and a rising player with a lot of potential. On the defensive side they added two left-handed defenseman in Olli Maatta and Ben Chiarot. And then they traded for former St. Louis Blues goalie, Ville Husso.

Going into the off-season, I wanted them to make a splash. And that’s exactly what they did. But since that point, I’ve had time to re-evaluate my thoughts and the matter and it got me thinking- What does this mean in terms of the Red Wings future? Which got me thinking even further: What do these signings mean this season?

Here are some post free agency thoughts