Detroit Red Wings: 5 free agent forwards to target this off-season

Mar 2, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) controls the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) controls the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports /
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Detroit Red Wings, Gustav Nyquist
Feb 24, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings right wing Gustav Nyquist (14) looks on from the ice during the third period against the San Jose Sharks at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Red Wings need to grab Erik Haula for cheap.

The Detroit Red Wings need to go out and grab Erik Haula on a budget, knowing he will be more productive and well-rounded than Pius Suter. It’s an upgrade that could be made easily. I’ll be the first to admit I’ve been banging the table, hoping the Red Wings would listen and sign Haula in each of the last few seasons.

The 32-year-old forward has been an asset and a producer on each of the last three teams that he has played on. Especially being on teams that can play solid defense and excel in that part of their game. Haula will play well on both sides of the ice and be a problem for opposing teams.

The Red Wings will not have to pay much for the veteran forward. They need to avoid missing out this summer and go grab Haula. He’s fresh off of an 80-game campaign with the New Jersey Devils, scoring 14 goals and adding 27 assists for 41 total points.

Detroit Red Wings should sign Gustav Nyquist; who says no?

The Detroit Red Wings should reunite themselves with a former player who was incredibly serviceable during his time in Hockeytown. Gustav Nyquist was a fan-favorite and someone that the Red Wings should be thrilled about possibly getting back in a winged-wheel uniform.

For the Red Wings, Nyquist has not been with the team since the 2018-19 season. But the Red Wings should be looking to bring him home. Nyquist played in 51 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild this season, where he scored 11 goals and had 16 assists for 27 total points.

He may be 34 nowadays but could still slot into the bottom six and provide a boost on a short-term contract. He’s another veteran amongst the ones we have mentioned who would provide a tinge of offense and allow for some depth to help fill out the Red Wings’ lineup night in and night out. It’s worth at least considering a reunion with their former forward.