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Unemployed Ex-Red Wing Svechnikov Switches Agents

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Former Detroit Red Wings forward Evgeny Svechnikov, still unsigned, has changed agents with the hope of helping his job search.

ESPN and NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes reported Svechnikov hired Dan Milstein to represent him. According to Puckpedia.com, he was previously represented by Mark Gandler & Todd Diamond of International Sports Advisors Co., Inc.

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The Detroit Red Wings drafted Svechnikov in the first round of the 2015 NHL draft. But he never played more than 21 games in the season. Signing with the Winnipeg Jets as a free agent, Svechnikov scored a career-high seven goals and totaled 19 points last season in 72 games.

The Jets didn’t make a qualifying offer to him this offseason and he remains as an unsigned UFA in the marketplace. He was making $874,000 last season.

Winnipeg could use another forward or two and Illegal Curve website speculated that the Jets might consider bringing him back as a role player. He is the brother of Carolina Hurricanes standout Andrei Svechnikov. Evgeny Svechnikov has size, but not the scoring touch of his brother.

Gagner to Edmonton

Meanwhile, speculation continues that center Sam Gagner will return to the Edmonton Oilers as a role player. He has played parts of the last three seasons in Detroit after coming over from the Oilers.

Gagner is one of the more valuable UFAs still in the marketplace. He offers leadership, experience, effective penalty killing and a two-way playing style. He seems like a good fit for an Oilers team that sees itself as a contender. Gagner is an inexpensive option. He has played on an $850,000 contracts for the past two seasons in Detroit.

There’s been no reports or speculation about UFA center Carter Rowney who played for the Red Wings last season. His season was undermined by injury.

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