The Detroit Red Wings, who will miss the playoffs for the first time in 25 years, could have a busy off-season, as GM Ken Holland looks to retool for the 2017-18 campaign.
With a plethora of draft picks in this June's NHL Draft in Chicago, along with the expectation of losing a player in the expansion draft, Holland is expected to be very active.
"We've got 11 picks in 2017," Holland told the Detroit News. "We've got an extra second-round pick in 2018 (acquired in trade), which is looking like it should be a deeper draft than this year. I also think every draft, players come out of the second, third and fourth rounds. We've got more spins of the wheel."
As Red Wings beat reporter Ted Kuflan of the News reports, the Red Wings want to bolster their defense and could get creative with the expansion Vegas Golden Knights and facilitate a move by dealing one of their players to Vegas in exchange for a defenseman available in the expansion draft.
Kulfan also suggests forward Tomas Tatar or goalie Petr Mrazek could be made available if the right deal presented itself.
The Red Wings have only $5 million, roughly, in available salary cap this off-season and will have to move a significant contract in order to free up additional space.