Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman thought he would be sifting through a “thin” goalie market this summer when he searched for someone to pair with Ville Husso next season.
But with the possibility that Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck and Philadelphia’s Carter Hart could be traded, it is starting to feel like it might be a buyer’s market for goaltending. San Jose Hockey Now reports the asking price is steep for Hart. The Flyers say they are not shopping Hart, just listening.
Plus, Nashville Hockey Now is reporting that the Kings and Predators talked trade for Juuse Saros last spring. Discussions were halted by the Predators’ demand for two first-round picks and other assets.
Yzerman has always said he would consider any move that improves his team, but it seems doubtful that he would give up the assets necessary to land a bigger name goalie.
But one goalie that the Red Wings could consider an option became available this week when it was announced that Jonas Johansson is not playing for Farjestad in the Swedish Hockey League. He played three games for the Colorado Avalanche last season. Just recently, Farjestad officials announced he was joining the team. However, Farjestad then announced the transaction was cancelled because Johansson, 27, wants to play in the NHL. He was impressive in the AHL this season.
The Buffalo Sabres’ pick (61st overall in 2014) is 6-foot-5, 220 pounds. He has 35 games of NHL experience. Could he play with Sebastian Cossa in Grand Rapids? Or, could he simply be Husso’s backup goalie?
Jonas Johansson is insane!
— Hockey Gambling Podcast (@HockeySGPN) March 17, 2023
Red Wings Offseason
Last summer, Detroit Red Wings general manager signed a handful of free agents: forwards Andrew Copp, Austin Czarnik, Dominik Kubalík, Matt Luff, David Perron, plus defensemen Ben Chiarot, Robert Hägg, Olli Määttä and Mark Pysyk. Pysyk never played because of injury. But the remaining players from that free agent class put up 201 points (71-130-201). That’s 31.4 percent of the team’s overall scoring in 2022-23.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Mock drafts have been all over the map when it comes to projecting what the Detroit Red Wings will do with their two first-round picks (No. 9 and No. 17).
- The Red Wings figured Filip Zadina would contribute to the team’s offense more in 2022-23. But he lost 49 games to injury. It’s difficult to know what his future is with the Red Wings.
- Former Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha‘s career appears to be at the crossroads this summer. Can the Capitals trade him? Or, will they buy out his contract?
- You have to see this sharp video of the 1953 Detroit Red Wings we discovered on Twitter.
Hockey Now Network
Boston: Fans were tough on former coach Bruce Cassidy’s children after the Blues downed the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. That’s why Cassidy was relieved that the Panthers eliminated the Bruins this season. Boston Bruins.
Buffalo: Long-time Sabres player Craig Ramsay, 72, got a contract extension as the Slovakia National Team’s head coach. Another ex-Buffalo player Miro Satan is president of the Slovak Hockey Federation. Buffalo Sabres.
Chicago: Nate Brown explains how Andreas Athanasiou’s new contract fits well into GM Kyle Davidson’s strategy. Chicago Blackhawks.
Florida: In the midst of the Stanley Cup Final, Panthers defenseman Brandon Montour was able to rush home for the birth of his son. Florida Panthers.
Los Angeles: GM Rob Blake got creative to find the cap space to sign defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov. Los Angeles Kings.
Philadephia: Chuck Bausman explains why GM Danny Briere’s Ivan Provorov trade was absolutely necessary. Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh: If you are wondering what to expect from Penguins management now that Kyle Dubas is the boss, keep in mind that he likes to trade down in the draft. Pittsburgh Penguins.
Vegas: How the Misfits have evolved, and why they are in position to finish the job and win the Stanley Cup. Vegas Golden Knights.
Washington: Fucale’s decision to sign with the KHL erodes the Capitals’ goaltender depth. Washington Capitals.