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 Tigers, Alex Killorn
Jul 7, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) hoists the Stanley Cup after the Lightning defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in game five to win the 2021 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

The Detroit Red Wings should consider paying for Alex Killorn.

There is no secret that Steve Yzerman likes to go out and target some of his former players. With that in mind, the Detroit Red Wings should be going out to target Alex Killorn, bringing him in from Tampa Bay with plenty of playoff experience.

After spending the first 11 years of his career in a Lightning uniform, it might be a hard sell. Still, his former General Manager (GM) may very well be able to “woo” Killorn into coming to Detroit to help mentor some of the younger players and try to help them compete.

Killorn is coming off of a 2022-23 campaign where he had 27 goals and 37 assists for 64 total points over 82 games played. In the last few years, he has quietly hung around the 25-goal threshold, gives or take a few.

He’s a well-rounded player who’s been a part of two championship teams and several late-post-season runs. The man knows what it takes to compete and could benefit the Red Wings organization.

Closing comments…

The main point here is that the Red Wings need to go out and grab a forward or two to help round things out. This is not counting any roster moves they make this off-season to shake things up on the trade market because Yzerman’s always good for a trade or two.

The Red Wings need to do something this off-season regarding their forward core, helping beef things up and relying on some outside sources, not just the prospects from within. These are five players the Red Wings can consider.

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It will be interesting to see what Steve Yzerman does this off-season for the Red Wings roster.