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Duffer’s Dabbles: Could Red Wings Trade For A Goalie?



Elvis Merzlikins waving
A Red Wings-Blue Jackets deal involving Elvis Merlikins makes sense.

The Detroit Red Wings will be looking hard at the NHL’s crop of UFA goalies. They’ll also be pondering when to draft a goalie, perhaps even spending one of their two first-round picks on a netminder.

They could also opt to trade for help between the posts. There’s an interesting dynamic at work in the first round of the 2021 NHL entry draft that could set up nicely for a Red Wings-Columbus Blue Jackets deal.

Columbus owns picks 5, 24 and 30. The Wings are slotted in at No. 6 and No. 22. Let’s suppose the Wings offer a flip of No. 22 for No. 24. As well, they toss in one of their three second-round picks. In return, the Blue Jackets, who are overloaded between the pipes, also move goalie Elvis Merzlikins to Detroit. It probably won’t happen, but it’s not like it’s a crazy idea, either.

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