The Detroit Red Wings are in a tough spot right now as they battle for the playoff hopes, but some are already looking to the future, and one insider in particular believes big things may be ahead for the Red Wings.
In a recent interview with TSN's 1260 Radio, insider Bob McKenzie revealed that he believes the Detroit Red Wings are one of the few teams capable of making a major play for soon to be free agent forward Steven Stamkos.
“I’ll be curious to see – I don’t know, and again, this is not me reporting anything, but I’ll be curious to see IF Steven Stamkos gets to unrestricted free agency this summer, would the Wings try to get involved in that and see if there’s a way that they could manipulate it," said McKenzie as per Nichols on Hockey.
“But I also do know that once upon a time July 1 used to be where the Detroit Red Wings – Mike Ilitch would get out and flex his financial muscle and the Wings would make a very attractive spot for any free agent because they’re such a good organization."
With that said, McKenzie also stated that if the asking price for Stamkos is simply too high, Ken Holland is the type of general manager who wouldn't hesitate to step away from such an offer.
“Obviously huge financial implications for a contract like Stamkos, and I don’t think Ken Holland – I mean, Steve Yzerman learned at the feet of Kenny Holland in the Detroit organization. I don’t know that Kenny Holland believes you can pay somebody $10 million-plus in a salary cap world and still do everything else you want to do around him, so maybe philosophically it doesn’t make sense."
Needless to say, the possibility of Stamkos in a Red wings uniform is an exciting one, especially for fans of the Detroit Red Wings.