The Los Angeles Kings had extra cap space because Dustin Brown retired. They made a deal to land Kevin Fiala from the Minnesota Wild. The Nashville Predators owned more than $20 million in cap space and used some of it to land veteran defenseman Ryan McDonagh. Will the Detroit Red Wings make the next big trade?
The Red Wings, according to CapFriendly.com, presently own more than $35,771,111 million in salary cap space. Only GM Pat Verbeek’s Anaheim Ducks have more. They are in a position to do what the Kings and Predators did.
A handful of teams, including the Edmonton Oilers, Vegas Golden Knights and Toronto Maple Leafs, are looking to move a player or two to create cap space for their team.
The Red Wings also are in a favorable salary cap position to bid on top free agents. However, free agents won’t be lining up to come to a team that has missed the playoffs six consecutive seasons.
The Buffalo Sabres and Arizona Coyotes also have considerable cap space, but they aren’t expected to use it.
Also, some teams are just looking to make deals. Hockey Now is still reporting there is considerable interest in defenseman Jeff Petry. Pittsburgh Hockey Now wrote about the Ottawa Senators possibly moving goalie Matt Murray.
Last month, the Red Wings were listed among the teams interested in Petry. He is the son of former Detroit Tigers pitcher Dan Petry. Jeff Petry played his college hockey at Michigan State.
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