Today is free agency day in the NHL. At noon, the Wings will be able to sign contracts with free agents. As a reminder, they can sign their own pending free agents before then and we’re likely to hear what’s coming down the pipeline before noon even gets here, but that’s the official time for things to get registered.
Here’s a quick reminder of where the Wings stand:
Forwards under contract (6/14)
Additional Pipeline forwards
Evgeny Svechnikov (Unqualified RFA)
Mathias Bromé (Unqualified RFA - Europe bound)
Veleno, Berggren, and Raymond will all be given a valid shot of making the team. Smith probably pencils in. Hirose is likely just depth. Even with all five of those, that leaves Detroit at exactly 14 forwards and zero depth for injuries. They’ll be bringing some folks back from that UFA list or will look elsewhere. If they go elsewhere, I’d say finding a solid center would be a priority.
Defensemen Under Contract (6/7)
Additional Pipeline Defense
Christian Djoos (unqualified RFA - Europe bound)
The additional pipeline isn’t realistic. McIsaac is likely the closest there, but the Wings are easily two LD away from having a complement even with getting Hronek signed.
Goalies Under Contract (2/2)
Additional Pipeline Goalies
I suppose it’s possible they re-sign Pickard as emergency third, but at some point you’ve got to give Larsson or Fulcher a chance.
Overall, according to Capfriendly, the Wings have 14 players “on the roster” not counting guys like Seider, Veleno, or Raymond and they have $36.7M in cap space.
We’ll have individual posts for the big news and will keep this one pinned for discussion as the day goes on.