The Detroit Red Wings got busy early, but do you blame them? The free agent market was very thin at first, but the Red Wings caught on early on, acquiring a few impact players and some who would serve as depth for the team.
For the Detroit Red Wings, they got busy and managed to bring in attackers to add depth. While they acquired JT Compher on a long-term deal and then Daniel Sprong on a one-year deal that could work very well, they also brought in other forwards.
Let’s turn to these two forwards and talk about what they can bring to Detroit in 2023-24.
The Detroit Red Wings add two forwards to provide depth.
Christian Fisher – M
The Detroit Red Wings signed Christian Peshore to a one-year contract with the opening of the free agency period. They grab another player from the Arizona Coyotes. Fisher is a seven-year NHL veteran who’s headed for greener pastures and is fresh from the Coyotes.
The Red Wings acquired Fischer on a one-year, $1.1 million deal to step in and serve as a deep addition to their offensive core. Fisher is a right winger who should be able to help out in the last six and is probably one of those players who change him out of nowhere.
He is another signed player who is about to end his career; Something to say about Free Hunting Agency by Steve Yzerman. Fisher played 80 games last season, scoring 13 goals and adding 14 assists for 27 points.
He’s someone the Red Wings have to pin high hopes on. He’s someone who has a low floor and a high ceiling in terms of what he can produce with the team, so it will be interesting to see who the team uses going forward in his year in Detroit. Who knows, it might even be a commercial chip.
Nolan Stephens C
On the less exciting side of things, the Detroit Red Wings also signed Nolan Stephens to a two-way deal while retaining free agency. They’ve nabbed the former St. Louis Blues forward on a two-way, one-season deal, likely allowing him to play an important role with the team this year.
He can be his go-to insurance policy when needed, keeping him in Grand Rapids for the most part. Stevens should remind fans of someone like Kyle Criscuolo or Taro Hirose. An AHL tour operator who can come to Detroit as needed to take ice time in the event of an injury.
Stephens is a 26-year-old center. After spending some time in the AHL with various affiliates, the left snap came from the Blues organization. In 2022-23, Stephens played 48 games with the Utica Comets. Stephens scored 15 goals and added 18 assists for 33 points.
He’s not a great signing or anything like that, but he added another Detroit forward into the mix to help build depth as they continue to prep for the 203-24 season.
- Posted on 07/07/2023 at 09:55
- Last updated on 07/07/2023 at 09:55