Quick Hits: The Taking on a Bad Contract Edition

In Red Wings Land

Marleau-lites: How Red Wings, Senators can boost rebuilds | NBC Sports

The suggestion here is that the Red Wings weaponize their remaining cap space by taking on another team’s contract mistake and acquiring an asset in return. I think that ship might have sailed by now, but if not, then it’s a great plan.

Sam Gagner: The Oilers are in tight. Maybe they’d want to use that $3.15M to, say, target Jake Gardiner on a hopeful one-year (relative) discount deal, or something? If there’s any way this ends in Ottawa or Detroit landing Jesse Puljujarvi, things get really interesting.

Out of all the suggestions in the article, I think this one is my favorite.

Around the League

NHL’s Top 10 UFAs remaining: Latest rumours, reports | Sportsnet

Steve Yzerman should pass on all of these guys.