The best indication that the Detroit Red Wings are turning the competitiveness corner is the fact that it doesn’t seem ridiculous that Patrick Kane may sign with them.
Detroit Hockey Now writer Bob Duff’s Monday story lays out why unrestricted free agent Kane, 35, is considering the Red Wings as one of his top options. Some around the NHL think he will either sign with the Florida Panthers or the Detroit Red Wings. The Panthers (13-7-1) are seventh overall in the NHL and the Red Wings (11-6-3) are 10th. The Red Wings (3.7 goals per game) are fourth-highest scoring team in the NHL. The Florida Panthers (three goals per game) rank 19th.
The Red Wings have more cap space, although both teams, given Kane’s age, undoubtedly are looking for a short term deal with a reasonable salary.
More importantly, Kane and DeBrincat played well in their seasons together in Chicago. Kane and Larkin also know each other. Of course, Kane also knows Matthew Tkachuk in Florida.
Kane has previously lived in Michigan when he was billeted with the Pat Verbeek family while playing travel youth hockey. He also lived here playing with the U.S. National Team Development Program.
The Buffalo native Kane is expected to make his decision this week,
Patrick Kane to the Wings? Actually makes a lot of sense. https://t.co/R7cB8dwpLa
— Bob Wojnowski (@bobwojnowski) November 27, 2023
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Don’t forget about Jonatan Berggren. He is putting up noteworthy numbers for the Grand Rapids Griffins.
- J.T. Compher has been the player the Red Wings expected him to be when they signed him as UFA last summer.
- Behind the paywall: Simon Edvinsson is probably playing well enough to earn a promotion. Is that going to happen? There are some complications.
- Axel Sandin Pellikka is one goal short of a significant record in the Swedish Hockey League.
Red Wings Next Game
The Detroit squad is heading to New York this afternoon to play the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Rangers on Wednesday. The Rangers (15-4-10) lead the NHL in points percentage. (.775). The New York Post reports that injured defenseman Adam Fox could return to the lineup Wednesday against the Red Wings. Fox hasn’t played since Nov. 2.
Hockey Now Network
Florida: Thirteen players were ejected in the Florida Panthers win against the Ottawa Senators. The Panthers television color analyst Randy Moller said the scoresheet “looked like a CVS receipt….it’s just going to go on and on.”
Boston: Look what the Red Wings started in Boston: the Boston Bruins have now lost three in a row. Jimmy Murphy has the details.
Colorado: Does Colorado Avalanche goalie Alexandar Georgiev finally has his game where he wants it? His 4-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning says he does.
Chicago: Nate Brown writes that Philipp Kurashev (four goals, eight assists) has a quality fit with Connor Bedard. Chicago Blackhawks.
Montreal: Marco D’Amico writes that a poor season for the Montreal Canadiens could be a blessing in disguise.
Pittsburgh: Injured Bryan Rust could be ready to play tonight. The Pittsburgh Penguins winger has been out since Nov. 19
Vegas: The Vegas Golden Knights suddenly cannot score goals. They lose 2-1 in overtime to the Calgary Flames.