4 pending unrestricted free agents the Red Wings must bring back for 2024-25

The Detroit Red Wings should focus on promoting their young core, but it doesn’t mean they need to let all their unrestricted free agents walk.
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Shayne Gostisbehere’s scoring prowess should earn him another deal

Shayne Gostisbehere has routinely shown off his two-way mentality since he arrived in the NHL on a full-time basis with the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2015-16 season. That year, he put up 46 points and took second place for the Calder Trophy. Now in his 30s, Gostisbehere continues to record sound scoring numbers at a respectable pace, with 49 points so far in 74 contests across 19:01 of ice time. 

It would be a mistake to underestimate Gostisbehere as an offense-first defenseman, as he’s still a major contributor in the defensive zone. He’s not the most physical player, with just 27 hits on the year, but he’s still nearing a block-per-game with 67. And like a few players on this list, his on-ice save percentage is hovering near the 92 percent mark at 91.9 at 5-on-5.

Shifting gears back to offense, his ability to perform well on the power play is yet another reason Gostisbehere must remain in town for at least another few seasons. In his 250-plus minutes on the man advantage, Gostisbehere has been on the ice for 39 goals, good for a 15.7 on-ice shooting percentage. Overall, he remains a sound player on both ends of the ice, with the ability to take over games on special teams. 


(Statistics provided by Hockey-Reference)