Red Wings Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Dan Girardi, Trevor Daley

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2017

New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) in the first period during an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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After their worst season in a few decades, the Detroit Red Wings are hoping to turn things around in 2017-18. Unfortunately, a lack of room in the salary cap could make it difficult to improve their roster much going forward.

As Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press noted, the team has about $8 million to spend this offseason to stay under the $75 million cap, which only leaves a few possible additions after re-signing their own key players.

After a 33-36-13 season, not many free agents are ready to join the team at a discount either.

Fortunately, the organization is already making headway with a handful of veteran defensemen, which would fill arguably the biggest need on the roster for Detroit. The team ranked 25th in the NHL in goals allowed last season while only one blueliner tallied more than 15 points (Mike Green).

While a two-way player who can move the puck would be nice, simply finding someone who can cut down on opposing goals would go a long way.

One person who fits this description is Dan Girardi, the former New York Rangers star who was bought out by the team this month with three years remaining on his contract. The 33-year-old only had 15 points this past season, but he finished with a plus-eight rating, the sixth time in seven years he ended with a positive rating.

According to Craig Custance of The Athletic, the Red Wings have already reached out to Girardi, although he says there will be a "good market" for the defenseman with several other teams also already involved.

Although the Red Wings can't afford a bidding war, they should continue to keep tabs on the talented player. Considering the Rangers will be paying his salary for the next few years, he shouldn't be too expensive. He will certainly be worth keeping on the roster as someone who can spend 20 minutes on the ice each game and help the team win.

Another possibility for the position is Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley. St. James reported Tuesday that eight teams have been in contact with the 33-year-old, although Detroit is one of "three to four teams Daley considers a particularly good fit."

He could be a quality addition to the special teams, both on the power play and penalty kill, while blocking a whole lot of shots on the ice.

The biggest thing he brings, though, is playoff experience after winning the last two Stanley Cup titles with the Penguins. The team lacked a true No. 1 defender in the postseason, but Daley and others held the group of lesser-known players together to help bring home a title.

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 11:  Trevor Daley #6 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates after defeating the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game Six of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Bridgestone Arena on June 11, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Justin
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Fellow Penguins defenseman Ron Hainsey could potentially also be a target who brings much of the same skill set and intangibles to the roster.

Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News lists former Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith as a possibility to reunite with the team as well if he doesn't re-sign with the Rangers, noting Detroit has "some interest" in a deal. He was traded in February after tallying five assists in 33 games.

The Red Wings won't be rushing to add any big names during this process on multiyear deals, but if they stay patient and do their due diligence, there are several value options who can help the team.

Hopefully, these deals will be enough to get the squad back into the postseason.


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