REPORT - Detroit Red Wings to Steal Their Forward Back From Boston?

Published May 24, 2023 at 9:44

Could the Detroit Red Wings potentially snatch away some key players from the Boston Bruins, including one of their former stars? They are free-agents, and the possibility looms as the off-season approaches, the Red Wings find themselves in need of reinforcements for their roster.

One player that could pique Detroit's interest is Garnet Hathaway, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent.

With Pius Suter and Adam Erne potentially leaving the team, the Red Wings will likely be on the lookout for a bottom-six forward in the free agency market. Hathaway, a 31-year-old with a solid track record, could fit the bill perfectly. In the previous season, he showcased his abilities by tallying 13 goals, 22 points, and a remarkable 268 hits in 84 games split between the Washington Capitals and the Bruins.

On another note, the Red Wings made a significant move prior to the 2023 NHL Trade Deadline, trading away Tyler Bertuzzi to the Bruins. While it was a reasonable decision considering the winger's contract situation and his final year with the team, it visibly affected team captain Dylan Larkin, who had formed a strong bond with Bertuzzi over the years. Interestingly, Bertuzzi found his stride once again after joining Boston, recording an impressive 26 points in just 28 games. Given the history between Bertuzzi and Larkin, it raises the question of whether a reunion could be in the cards. It's certainly an intriguing possibility worth considering.

The absence of Bertuzzi in the Red Wings' lineup has undoubtedly been felt. His chemistry with Larkin was undeniable, and their partnership, alongside Lucas Raymond, would form a formidable first line. Additionally, Bertuzzi's presence would significantly bolster Detroit's power play unit, thanks to his effectiveness around the opposing net.

While contract negotiations fell through before the trade deadline, it wouldn't hurt for the Red Wings to explore the possibility of bringing Bertuzzi back through free agency. His return would be a major coup for the team as they strive to catch up to their Atlantic Division rivals.

The Bruins offer some enticing options for the Red Wings in the free agency pool. The addition of either Dmitri Orlov or Tyler Bertuzzi would undoubtedly be a boon, but there are also benefits to acquiring a rugged winger like Hathaway. The coming months will reveal whether any of these three players will join the ranks of the Red Wings in their pursuit of success.
May 24   |   81 answers
REPORT - Detroit Red Wings to Steal Their Forward Back From Boston?

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