Red Wings could look to poach the Canucks of local talent

Could this be a player on Steve Yzerman's radar?



It's going to be a critical offseason for Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman, who is tasked with not only negotiating new contracts for franchise cornerstones Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond but also deciding the futures of several pending free agents on the roster. 

There's also the question of whether Yzerman will be looking to add outside reinforcements to the roster via free agency or trade. And according to one particular insider for the Vancouver Canucks, Yzerman could have interest in Dearborn native Dakota Joshua. 

Per Satiar Shah of Canucks Central and Sportsnet, the Red Wings GM could be preparing to offer a handsome deal to the 6'2, 182 lb. Joshua, who is coming off his best statistical output in the NHL this past season with 18 goals in 63 games. 

A native of Dearborn, Joshua also played locally for the Honeybaked U16 midget team. He was selected with the 128th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, though he'd never suit up for them. After playing collegiate hockey with the Ohio State Buckeyes, his right were traded to the St. Louis Blues in 2019. 

In July of 2022, he agreed to join the Canucks on a two-year, $1.65 million contract. He would tally a modest 11 goals and 12 assists in 79 games in his first year with the team before breaking out in 2023-24; he would also score four goals with four assists in 13 postseason games this spring. 

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