5 players the Red Wings shouldn’t bring back next season

The Detroit Red Wings have been going through a long rebuild since Steve Yzerman returned to the organization, so now it’s time to take the next step.

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Yzerman needs to finally cut his losses with Ville Husso

Ville Husso is the classic example of why you don’t trade for a player following just one good season. Luckily for Steve Yzerman, the price to bring in Husso from the St. Louis Blues only cost him a third-round pick, but it also ended up with an AAV of $4.75 million regarding wasted cap space. 

Husso is nowhere close to the goaltender who finished seventh for the Vezina following the 2021-22 season, and to be blunt, he’s been terrible throughout his nearly two seasons in Detroit. In 74 starts and 75 appearances, Husso has just 35 wins, an 0.895 save percentage, a 3.22 GAA, and a quality starts percentage of just 0.432. To be fair, he has logged four shutouts, but the consistency is nowhere near worth the price tag - especially with a whopping 22 ‘really bad starts.’

If Yzerman managed to trade him for even a late-round draft pick at this point, he should consider it a win. There are quite a few players in Detroit who shouldn’t return for 2024-25, not because they are bad players, but because Yzerman needs to make room for prospects. Unfortunately, Husso isn’t one of those players, and it’s time to get rid of him. 

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(Statistics provided by Hockey-Reference, contract info provided by Cap Friendly)