Updates on the Red Wings and Coyotes – September 11, 2016
More speculation on the Detroit Red Wings need for a defenseman, plus the Arizona Coyotes still have salary-cap flexibility to improve their roster.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James recently responded to her readers questions about the Detroit Red Wings for the upcoming season. She reported the Wings contacted the Anaheim Ducks before the 2016 NHL Draft in June about puck-moving defenseman Cam Fowler. However, the Ducks are leery about making a move with Fowler until they’ve got restricted free agent blueliner Hampus LIndholm under contract.
St. James also believes adding an impact defenseman “is going to cost in the range of a high-end pick or prospect, plus likely an established 20-something forward”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wings general manager Ken Holland could be keeping an eye on the Ducks. If Anaheim GM Bob Murray decides to shop Fowler, Holland could be very interested. The Ducks need scoring depth at left wing. Tomas Tatar and a first-round pick or a top prospect could be the asking price.
The Wings won’t be the only club interested in Fowler. The Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, New Jersey Devils and Toronto Maple Leafs could also come calling.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: In a piece covering the Arizona Coyotes creative salary-cap moves this summer, Sarah McLellan reports GM John Chayka still has cap flexibility remaining in his budget. While the Coyotes cap hit is roughly $2.3 million shy of the $73 million cap ceiling, their actual spending is lower. “If something comes up and improves our group, then we have the ability to execute on that,” said Chayka.