By Jonny Adornetto @jonnyrants on April 30, 2014
After making the Stanley Cup playoffs for a 23rd consecutive season, it's safe to say that the Detroit Red Wings are one of the most impressive franchises in sports. However, it's clear that this young team needs to add some pieces to its puzzle if they want to compete past the first round. Here are five free agents who the Red Wings should target this summer.
David Legwand was a surprise addition at the trade deadline that drew much scrutiny towards the Red Wings' front office. Although Legwand wasn't welcomed into the Motor City in a graceful fashion right off the bat, he proved to play overall solid hockey down the stretch, helping the Red Wings make the playoffs. Legwand should be a welcomed edition this time around in 2014-15.
If the Red Wings are going to refuse to upgrade their club between the pipes and stick with Jimmy Howard, they are going to have no choice but to strengthen their defense. Brooks Orpik provides a lot of stability on the blue line, which is exactly what the Red Wings could use if they are going to compete with bigger and stronger teams.
Apart from being such a young team, especially when bitten by the injury bug, the Red Wings are also lacking in veteran leadership on the blue line, which is something they have been so used to having in recent history. Dan Boyle, a veteran defenseman who has the ability to make everyone around him better, would be a nice addition to a team that is starving for a vocal leader on the back end.
For those who say Jaromir Jagr isn't worth signing and taking a chance on, think again. The 42-year-old finished with 67 points in 2014 and didn't show any signs of slowing down anytime soon. For as long as Jagr is willing to play, he should be a welcomed addition on any team in the NHL, let alone the Red Wings.
With a weak situation between the pipes and having his brother already on their roster, the Red Wings should definitely seek out a contract with Ryan Miller. After not being able to bring the St. Louis Blues to the promised land, Miller may choose to prove himself elsewhere. The Red Wings need a much better goalie and if they want to make it past the first round of the playoffs in the near future, Miller would provide them with the best chance.
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