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Has the Red Wings defense upgraded in the offseason?


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Will Bloggs
July 8, 2024  (10:49)
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The Detroit Red Wings GM, Steve Yzerman, has had a mixed free agency. Initially, no big-name players showed interest, while division rivals made significant moves.
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The Detroit Red Wings GM, Steve Yzerman, has had a mixed free agency. Initially, no big-name players showed interest, while division rivals made significant moves.

One potential buyout could occur now that Joseph Veleno has opted for arbitration, but Detroit's cap situation remains manageable. Yzerman focused on value and depth signings, significantly altering the team's blueline.
The Red Wings have seven NHL defensemen: Ben Chiarot, Justin Holl, Olli Määttä, Jeff Petry, Erik Gustafsson, William Lagesson, and Moritz Seider. With promising prospects Simon Edvinsson and Albert Johansson fighting for NHL spots, competition will be fierce.
Lagesson seems likely to serve as depth, while Holl or Petry might be the odd men out. Edvinsson, considered the most talented defenseman in the system, and Johansson, who excels in protecting his goaltender, are ready for the NHL.
The projected opening night defensive lineup could be:
Chiarot - Seider
Gustafsson - Edvinsson
Määttä - Johansson
Both Edvinsson and Johansson have the potential to significantly improve the team's defense, provided they are given opportunities to develop in the NHL. The long-term outlook for Detroit's defense looks promising as these prospects transition into solid NHL players.
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