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In Red Wings Land

Detroit Red Wings set sights on several free agents | MLive

The front office met this week for four days of pro scouting meetings and identified some free agents to pursue - a couple of goal-scoring forwards, a defenseman and a back-up goaltender.

Left wing Ilya Kovalchuk is at the top of their wish list. They’d be willing to give him a two-year contract at a high salary, a source said. They believe he’s capable of scoring 25 to 30 goals.

I’m on board with the idea of Kovalchuk. I don’t even mind a high AAV as long as it’s only a one or two year contract.

The Red Wings are interested in bringing back Thomas Vanek, 34, on a one-year deal. They would trade him at the deadline for a draft pick if they’re out of the playoff race.

No thanks.

The Red Wings want to re-sign defenseman Mike Green, offering him a one-year deal at $6 million, his salary the past three seasons, or two years at $5 million per year.

I like Green, but I don’t want him back. I’d rather the team roll with Filip Hronek and/or Joe Hicketts. If Green does accept one of the two options listed above, I would like it to be the one-year deal.

Around the League

Dryden: Bettman and NHL concussions — Knee deep in the big muddy | The Athletic

Ken Dryden writes an exclusive for The Athletic Detroit (no paywall) in response to both Gary Bettman’s non-response at the Stanley Cup Final and the depositions that have come out in recent weeks.

It’s pretty much what Dryden’s been saying all along, but he takes particular aim at Bettman.