The Red Wings have a couple options for this need as well.
The team needs a right-handed defenseman who can quarterback the power play and move the puck effectively, but whether that defenseman comes from inside or outside remains to be seen.
Additionally, should the Wings choose to look externally for a top-four, right-handed defenseman, it will be interesting to see how the pricing in the UFA defensemen market dictates what Ken Holland does.
So what does that market look like?
Well, Dan Boyle is coming off a contract that saw him with a cap hit of $6.66 million per CapGeek, but had his lowest point total (36) since his 2003-04 campaign. Meanwhile, Matt Niskanen is due for a large raise, coming off of the highest point total of his career and having a cap hit of just $2.3 million (per CapGeek) over his last contract.
So how high will Niskanen's cap hit and offers climb, and how low will Dan Boyle's cap hit fall if Ken Holland is willing to make an offer on one or both of them?
Will Detroit end up promoting Ryan Sproul or Alexey Marchenko to fill that right-handed defenseman need? Obviously, Ken Holland doesn't want to overspend, but at the same time, it would be nice to get a more competent level of talent on the back end than Kyle Quincey, Jakub Kindl, Brian Lashoff and even Danny DeKeyser provided this season.
Detroit has a young defense corps as of now. The key is to improve it without hindering the growth of the younger defensemen who haven't cracked the NHL. Those players must be allowed to try to prove their worth sooner rather than later.